Earlier this week, Bell opened up to Buzzfeed, saying, "I don't think a lot of these young people have to work very hard. They're found on YouTube and, boom, thrown into the studio so they think they can get anything they want. Ariana Grande is a billionaire before she's been an artist. You have to work to be able to appreciate what you have, and what work did she ever have to do in her life?"
And today, the 27-year-old is backtracking and saying he didn't mean to slam Grande's fame. "Didn't say that about @ArianaGrande I lover her and think she is incredibly talented!! Just for the record :)," Bell tweeted.
He also shared multiple photos of himself with Grande and also tweeted a link to a video of Grande singing "Rolling in the Deep" with the caption, "Ariana Grande damn if only I could sing half this good!!"
While Bell seems to be offering a mea culpa to Grande, he isn't backtracking on the negative things he said about Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. "I can't stand that, with a lot of the pop stars," he ranted in his recent interview, adding, "there's this idea of 'Are you in our clique? Are you a Directioner or are you a Belieber? Oh, you're not in our gang? Then you're not cool and you need to go in a hole and die. I don't understand it. And what's worse is artists like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber don't come out and say, ‘I love having you as my fans, but you shouldn't be acting this way.' They just eat it all up, and I think it's repulsive." "
"If I catch one of my fans saying something improper, a gay slur or any derogatory term, I instantly tweet directly at them and say, ‘This isn't how we do it,'" he continued. "Lady Gaga, who says she's so anti-bullying, was on [Howard Stern's SiriusXM show] and Howard read all of these awful, awful tweets her fans had been sending him, [and] asked how she responded to her fans doing the exact antithesis of what she stands for. She said, ‘You have to understand, Howard, it comes from a place of love. They don't want to see me get hurt.' I couldn't believe she didn't take a second to address her fans and say how disgusted she was they'd do something like that. But none of them do that. Justin Bieber just tweets, ‘Yeah, Beliebers, go hard' when they're attacking somebody. Ariana Grande's fans told Perez Hilton that he and his son needed to die and get cancer, and she just fed it. It's disgusting."