Justin Bieber’s Stylist Explains His Controversial Nirvana T-Shirts

It’s 2015. Wearing a Nirvana shirt is like wearing a Beatles shirt: no one should take it as a personal affront. Everyone knows a Nirvana song, no one is special or alternative or whatever for liking a band that was literally the biggest in the world in the early ’90s. Sorry! Some people were extremely displeased to see Justin Bieber sporting a “Heart-Shaped Box” t-shirt (seen above) at the AMAs over the weekend, which is by no means the first Nirvana t-shirt that he’s worn. Bieber posted the following image on Instagram a few weeks back:

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This is the best comment on that post:

Hey justin, do you actually listen to nirvana or is Kurt cobain’s life just a fashion statement to you?

Anyway, now Justin Bieber’s stylist has give an interview to Esquire about her client’s look, and she did, in fact, respond to “controversy” surrounding whether or not Bieber actually likes Nirvana:

And there have been a couple of band tees, like the Metallica shirt recently and the Nirvana tee he wore for the AMA red carpet. Where did those come from?
Actually, it’s not the first time he’s worn a Nirvana tee. We just have a nice collection of vintage tees, and then the tee he wore yesterday was actually Jerry Lorenzo’s from Fear of God. Jerry takes vintage tees and re-cuts them. But yeah, of course he’s a fan of Nirvana. I think it’s so funny that all these people are up in arms. I’m sure Kurt Cobain would be like—I mean I can’t speak for him, obviously—but I don’t think he was so snotty or that he would diss anyone who appreciated his music. I think he understood that that is like the antithesis of music appreciation. It’s so funny. But you know, fans are fans!

You also style actresses like Hailee Steinfeld. Is it different dressing men?
Oh yeah, it’s totally different. And musicians are so different than actors, you know? Musicians have more creative space, especially someone like Justin. He kind of does whatever he wants, which I love. There’s a freedom. I like the sense of not really worrying about it and just being content. He’s on the top of the world, so he does not care if someone is upset that he wore a Nirvana t-shirt. He loved it, and he loves Jerry, so it was about support. Jerry sent over the shirt like, “Yeah, let’s wear the shirt,” and we knew it was the 20th anniversary of the Nirvana AMA’s, when they won. He’s a Nirvana fan. I’m a huge Nirvana fan. Like, “Let’s wear the Nirvana t-shirt!”

Is there anything that he’s really said, “I would never wear that” to?
No, he’ll “never say never.” [laughs] He won’t. And that’s why he’s got more of that spirit of musicians, you know, whatever you want to say about being pop, but I don’t think Kurt Cobain gave two fucks, and I don’t think Justin Bieber does either. You know what I mean? So there’s that freedom where he might try it, you never know.

It’s worth noting that Courtney Love is down with Bieber wearing her late husband’s merch…

My cousin owns this exact same Nirvana shirt (sans Fear Of God alterations, which add $1,480 to its cost) — he bought it way back in the day. It’s sick as hell and I have asked him to give it to me on multiple occasions. He said no! I am jealous of Justin Bieber! Maybe all of the Nirvana fans taking his fashion choices very personally are too.