Drake Bell is dissing all those diss rumors.
But he does want to make it clear that there is no beef brewing between the former child star and the pop sensation.
“I don’t regret saying anything I say, ever. Sometimes when it’s completely taken out of context or misconstrued or misquoted, then that’s kind of a bummer,” he told Celebuzz at the MTV Movie Awards Sunday, referring to his Buzzfeed comment about Ariana Grande.
Ariana Grande at the Kids Choice Awards 2014. Photo: Splash
“Ariana Grande is a billionaire before she’s been an artist. You have to work to be able to appreciate what you have, and what work did she ever have to do in her life?” he was quoted as saying, only to backtrack on Twitter April 3.
“Didn’t say that about @ArianaGrande I lover her and think she is incredibly talented!! Just for the record :),” Bell tweeted.
But even when it comes to soliciting supporters to back the petition to return Bieber to his native Canada, it’s nothing personal, Bell says.
“It’s one thing if Seth Rogen or some other star says something… I think because we’re so close in demographic… my fans are his fans’ age and they cross paths a lot, that might be why the clash is so fierce,” he admitted.
Justin Bieber performed with Chance the Rapper at Coachella Music Festival last weekend. Photo: Getty
“It’s not like that. [There’s] no jealousy or anything. He’s a pop singer, I’m a rock and roll musician,” added the 27-year-old, whose new album Ready, Steady, Go comes out April 22.
“I get on the stage with my guitar around my waist and turn my amp up. There’s no bone to pick there with artistry. I just think we’re so close in generations, that’s why it gets picked up. ‘Oh, he’s jealous because he’s this and that.’ It’s just like what everybody else is saying and commenting.”
Drake Bell attends the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday. Photo: Getty
Bell made headlines when he outed Bieber and Gaga for seemingly allowing their fans to say hurtful things online in honor of their idols.
“I can’t stand that, with a lot of the pop stars,” he ranted in the Buzzfeed interview. “There’s this idea of ‘Are you in our clique? Are you a Directioner or are you a Belieber? Oh, you’re not in our gang? Then you’re not cool and you need to go in a hole and die. I don’t understand it. And what’s worse is artists like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber don’t come out and say, ‘I love having you as my fans, but you shouldn’t be acting this way.’ They just eat it all up, and I think it’s repulsive.
A nearly-nude Lady Gaga gets mobbed by her “Little Monsters” outside the Roseland Ballroom in NYC. Photo: Splash
“If I catch one of my fans saying something improper, a gay slur or any derogatory term, I instantly tweet directly at them and say, ‘This isn’t how we do it,'” Bell continued.
But even though his intentions weren’t to start a battle of the child stars, it still doesn’t mean he’s a Belieber.
“I can’t say I’m a fan of his music,” he admitted.
“I’ve grown up in the business and I’ve had young fans for a very long time. I’ve seen the impressions and how much they look up to you and how much every word and every action you do they eat it up and they take it to school and tell their friends,” he told CB! “I know how precious that is. So when I see someone being flippant with it or taking it for granted or going off and having an attitude or air about yourself, it’s not how you would be letting your fans know how to be.”
The irony is he even got death threats of his own since expressing his anti-Bieber/Gaga sentiments.
“The Belieber fans are out of control. That’s what got me engaged,” he told Celebuzz. “Once I started reading all the remarks and hate mail… I would never even repeat the things they would say.
“I wanted to bring that to light. I have nothing against the kid.”
“We have a responsibility here,” he continued. “We didn’t ask to be role models, we wanted to be entertainers and do what we love and express ourselves through our art. But it comes with the territory.”