Bella Thorne found herself in hot water after appearing to throw major shade at Felix Kjellberg, a.k.a PewDiePie on stage at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards on Aug. 16. But was the whole thing just one BIG misunderstanding? Bella addressed the controversy on Twitter — see what she had to say!
Bella Thorne, 17, wants everyone to know that she did NOT throw shade at PewDiePie (real name Felix Kjellberg) at the Teen Choice Awards 2015 on Aug. 16. After being accused of dissing the YouTube sensation while presenting the award for “Male Choice Web Star,” the Scream actress took to Twitter to clarify her statements, revealing that it was all “a joke.” See her response here!
Poor Bella! The gorgeous actress took to the stage at the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles, Calif. to present the award for “Male Choice Web Star” alongside her hunky boyfriend Gregg Sulkin, 23. But things took a turn for the worse when it appeared that she was dissing nominee PewDiePie, who happened to be MIA for the night.
When she got up to PewDiePie’s name in the list of nominees, Bella attempted to make a joke about the difficult pronunciation of the YouTuber’s last name. “Felix something, something, something, you know what? Be here if you want to hear the rest of your name,” she said. Unfortunately, the quip was not well received.
PewDiePie fans immediately took to Twitter to slam the actress, calling her “rude” and “disrespectful,” among some other pretty nasty things. Yikes! Bella quickly caught wind of all the backlash though, and decided to respond to those who were upset with a public apology and clarification—it was just a joke!
“I knew how to say his name,” Bella tweeted on Aug. 16. “It was part of the script. A joke. I didn’t write it. Calm down. Nothing but love for @pewdiepie.” See guys, it was just one big misunderstanding — nothing to get hostile about!
Social media drama aside, Bella totally slayed on the blue carpet ahead of the show. The Duff actress looked gorgeous stepping out in a show-stopping coral mini dress featuring an elaborate embroidered design. She paired the dress with nude strappy rope sandals and a gold box clutch and of course, looked beyond amazing! Backlash or no backlash, this girl was a winner!
I knew how to say his name It was part of the script. A joke. I didn't write it. Calm down. Nothing but love for @pewdiepie
— bella thorne (@bellathorne) August 17, 2015
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