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Bebe Rexha's defense of Demi Lovato comes after the singer shared a tweet that poked fun at 21 Savage's recent arrest

By Robyn Merrett
February 04, 2019 07:25 PM
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Bebe Rexha is standing up for Demi Lovato.

On Monday, Rexha, 29, shared a tweet defending Lovato, 26, after the singer was criticized for making comments about rapper 21 Savage.

“To all the people who talked s— to Demi you’re F—IN DISGUSTING,” Rexha wrote.

“Attacking someone that is 6 months sober about her personal issues with drugs and mental health over a tweet is LOW.”

Lovato found herself in hot water Sunday night when she tweeted, “So far 21 Savage memes have been my favorite part of the Super Bowl.”

The 26-year-old rapper, born Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested Sunday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after reportedly overstaying his visa.

ICE spokesman Brian Cox told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that 21 Savage is an “unlawfully present United Kingdom national” who entered the country legally as a teenager in July 2005 on a visa, which expired the following year.

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ICE and representatives for 21 Savage did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment.

In addition, Lovato shared a meme referencing 21 Savage’s newly revealed British citizenship, sharing a photo of someone writing with a quill pen with the caption, “This how 21 Savage be writing his verses.”

Lovato later explained that she was in no way mocking 21 Savage’s arrest. “This is the s— I’m laughing at… not the fact that anyone is getting deported,” Lovato wrote in reference to the plethora of memes made after the news surfaced.

However, fans and fellow musicians didn’t find it funny.

Rapper Wale wrote, “Why is somebody freedom funny… I don’t get the joke.”

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Wale also wrote a second tweet, referring to the fans who supported Lovato after her overdose last summer. “A lot of people were sending you love light, prayers etc. When people were making jokes about u at a rough time. A lot of people. Bless up.”

Lovato then deleted her Twitter account after sharing the backlash she received over 21 Savage.

“She’s a hypocrite let’s pull out the heroin memes and see if this bitch doesn’t get emotional,” one commenter wrote. Another added, “wonder if she saw the memes about her lol.”

“Wasn’t laughing at anyone getting deported. I know that’s not a joke… not have I EVER laughed at that,” Lovato wrote on her Instagram Story. “The meme I posted/was talking about was of him writing with a feather pen. Sorry if I offended anyone. But it’s no excuse to laugh at someone’s addiction let alone their OD.”

On July 24, Lovato was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai in L.A. following the overdose at her Hollywood Hills home. She remained in the hospital for nearly two weeks before being released to seek in-patient treatment.

The Disney Channel alum first broke her silence on social media in August, when she shared an update on her health following her hospitalization. (The post has since been deleted.)

RELATED: Demi Lovato Breaks Silence After Overdose and Hospitalization: ‘I Will Keep Fighting’

“I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet,” Lovato wrote. “I want to thank God for keeping me alive and well,” she added, before praising her fans for standing by her through the difficult time.”

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Rexha’s defense of Lovato comes after “Sorry Not Sorry” singer applauded her fellow singer for getting candid about sizeism and red carpet dressing.

Last week, Rexha put the fashion industry on blast after alleging that some design houses refused to collaborate with her on a Grammys dress because she’s “too big.”

Lovato praised Rexha in the comment section of her Instagram post writing, “F—ing preach!!!”

“Love this and you for speaking your mind and using your voice!!!!”

If you or someone you know is in need of help, please contact the SAMHSA substance abuse helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.