Words by Danielle Perry
Vanessa Carlton and Chris Brown. A beef we never saw coming.
On International Women’s Day, Chris Brown posted a now-deleted clip of Carlton’s 2001 hit, “A Thousand Miles,” on Instagram. He captioned the post, “MOOD, THIS SONG LIT FOREVER.” Apparently, Carlton didn’t appreciate the thoughtful gesture and wrote a little message of her own.
“Today Chris Brown posted my video. I am now being repeatedly tagged to his account. Being that it is International Women’s Day I feel compelled to draw a line”, she expressed in a now-deleted post. “I support survivors not perpetrators of domestic violence. I do not want to be associated with an artist that has assaulted women on a day like today. Thank you. #internationalwomensday.”
Carlton’s post was a reference to Brown’s 2009 domestic incident with then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Eventually, Brown took the clip down and reposted Carlton’s message on his own Instagram account, as a way to defend his actions and blame the singer for being spiteful.
“@vanessacarltonactual I posted a song that was and still is a great song and the artist felt she was doing her duty as a WOMAN to continue to spread this kind of hatred today,” he addressed in the caption. “I won’t keep it up long. I just hope she knows she is loved and her song is great.”
Both artists deleted the Instagram posts with Brown having the final say. He later posted a clip of Terry Crews rocking out to Carlton’s song in the movie White Chicks with a caption stated “I LOVE THIS SONG.”