“Loyal” singer Chris Brown took to Instagram to slam homophobic trolls who accused him of being in a relationship with French designer Olivier Rousteing, the head of Balmain. The drama unraveled after Brown, 27, posed for a photo with the fashion star at Rousteing’s collaboration with NikeLab in Paris Wednesday.

He wrapped his arm around the Balmain director for the image — and that's when he was accused of being gay. Brown set the naysayers straight in the comment section on the Instagram page for Baller Alert. “The crazy thing is that y’all used to call me homophobic … Now y’all calling me gay???? RESPECT IS RESPECT,” he wrote Thursday. “WHO STILL HATES PEOPLE FOR THEIR DIFFERENCES OR PREFERENCES??? Grow up. People are abundantly simple-minded.”

Rapper The Game also came to Brown’s defense. “Lol.. People kill me homie!!! Because two successful people take a quick photo opp together, and one of them is gay/or not, that means the other person is gay too!!! This guy is the head of BALMAIN… Most of you n----- ain’t even employee of the month at wing stop, uncomfortable in your own skin using HATE to hide behind your own insecurities,” he wrote.

Rousteing hasn’t responded to the gossip. Instead, he promoted his new fashion line with Nike, called “Football Nouveau.” While most people think of him in context of his fashion career, Rousteing said he’s more complex.

“I have a lot of secrets,” he told WWD Wednesday. “A lot of people judge me on my Instagram, but I don’t share everything. I’m a huge football fan.”

Rousteing liked mixing the two worlds together. “Fashion is usually about the catwalk and the glamour; but with Nike, it was about performance and the athletes. What I love about this collection is that we are integrating the iconic style of football into sport style,” he said, according to Just Jared.


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