The Ariana Grande–Forever 21 drama has been further rocked after a drag queen claimed that the singer actually stole from her in the first place.
Grande recently sued fashion retailer Forever 21 for $10 million, claiming the brand launched an “unauthorized marketing campaign” by using photos from the singer’s music videos and further “falsely suggested” Grande was somehow involved by hiring a lookalike.
The suit claimed that Grande and Forever 21 were originally going to collaborate, but the deal fell through because the retailer was unwilling “to pay the fair market value for a celebrity of Ms. Grande’s stature”.
Grande’s team continued to claim that, as a way around paying the singer to use her likeness, Forever 21 “simply stole it by launching a misleading campaign across its website and social media platforms”.
In a statement to BuzzFeed News, Forever 21 said it couldn’t comment on pending litigation but disputed the allegations made against it. The statement read:
Forever 21 does not comment on pending litigation as per company policy. That said, while we dispute the allegations, we are huge supporters of Ariana Grande and have worked with her licensing company over the past two years. We are hopeful that we will find a mutually agreeable resolution and can continue to work together in the future.