Country music star Jake Owen clapped back at an “ignorant” anti-LGBTQ fan who took issue with his new rustic cover of Cher’s 1998 hit “Believe,” which he recorded in support of the LGBTQ community.
“I believe #loveislove,” the 37-year-old wrote on Instagram Monday. “Some of my closest friends and coworkers, are part of the #lgbtcommunity and I couldn’t be more happy for the progress they have made…I BELIEVE the world needs more love. No matter where it comes from.”
Owen said his inspiration of “people loving people” influenced his latest song, with the help of Google, of course.
“I googled ‘gayest’ songs of all time and the boys and I decided to put our country spin on Cher’s ‘Believe,'” he said. “Hope you dig…Stay tuned friends, and most importantly, love everyone. 🌈”
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I believe #loveislove Some of my closest friends and coworkers, are part of the #lgbt community and I couldn’t be more happy for the progress they have made. I’m inspired by people loving people no matter who you are. I BELIEVE the world needs more love. No matter where it comes from. So with that said, I googled “gayest” songs of all time and the boys and I decided to put our country spin on Cher’s “Believe.” Hope you dig. I plan on releasing all of these backstage random songs we’ve created very very soon. Stay tuned friends, and most importantly, love everyone. 🌈 @matthewpaskert on the 🎥 @lukasbracewell adding his incredible talent and love the 🎼 #cher #lgbt #countrymusic #jakeowen #bluegrass #loveislove
While the overwhelming majority of reactions were positive, not everyone appeared to be a fan of his views on equality.
“Suddenly I feel sick that I have tickets to your show here on Thursday night,” user @anitasiecker commented.
In a lengthy response, the singer told his fan that he likes to “share our shows with people that are kind, and loving,” adding that he feels sorry for her.
“Maybe it would do you good to come out, smile, laugh, sing a long with a bunch of strangers that are all going through what we call ‘life,'” he wrote. “If you make it out to my show, come give me a hug. You need one. If you decide not to come, trust me… we will all be okay.”
User @anitasiecker responded by accusing Owens of deleting her original remarks, but the country star refuted her claim.
“I definitely didn’t delete your comment or anyone’s comment from this feed. It’s really only you and few other ignorant people that make yourself look silly,” he said.