Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber‘s DIY music video for their new collaboration, “Stuck With U,” may be fan-made, but one individual’s submission did not quite make the cut. The pop stars announced last week that they’d linked up to deliver their first-ever duet, “Stuck With U,” to support coronavirus relief efforts. They revealed that all the proceeds from streams and sales would be donated to First Responders Children’s Foundation to fund grants and scholarships for children of healthcare workers, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, police officers and firefighters.
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The duo also invited fans to send in their own videos of themselves dancing to the instrumental of “Stuck With U” to celebrate who they’re “stuck” with during quarantine, and have a chance to be included in the official music video for the single. On Thursday (May 7th), just hours before the official release, however, Ari revealed that she had consciously excluded one “fan” in particular from the video’s final cut: Tiger King star, Carole Baskin.
After Justin tweeted out a clip of Carole and her current husband, Howard Baskin, aptly-dressed in feline-themed getups and swaying back and forth to the “Stuck With U” instrumental, Ari made it clear that this wasn’t included in the actual video. “Tonight. #stuckwithu. He ain’t going nowhere,” Justin wrote, to which Ari said, “For the record, i did not allow or approve this clip to be in the actual video. but. nonetheless. it exists and that’s ….. unique. anyway, 7.5 hours !”
While Ariana does not elaborate on why she didn’t include Carole’s submission in the video, it’s possible that it has to do with the controversy that has surrounded the big cat conservator since Tiger King began airing on Netflix. It is widely believed by many viewers of the docuseries that Carole was involved in the murder and disappearance of her first husband, Don Lewis. However, Carole told TMZ that she isn’t upset that her submission was rejected; in fact, she’s just happy Biebs tweeted out the clip and “hopes it doesn’t attract too many of the haters who have been bashing us since being misled by Tiger King.” Watch the official music video for “Stuck With U” below: