“She probably would have been a fan. Why not?" Scholss told a newspaper according to The Sun. “He’s a young man and she was a young girl, and she liked film stars and music.”
Schloss, 83, who was a close friend of Frank's and later became her sibling when their parents married, is the first person to defend the 19-year-old singer since he wrote a controversial statement about the young writer.
"Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber," Bieber wrote.
According to singer's guitarist Dan Kanter, the Canadian pop star meant no harm with his comment and it was the media who distorted the message.
"He was inspired by Anne's brave and ultimately tragic story," he told THR. "To do as the media has done, is to distort, demean, and degrade his meaningful visit."
However, not everyone is convinced about the Bieber's good intentions.
“This is a place where Anne spent two years hiding in claustrophobic conditions, where she put down her dreams of making the world a better place," said Gillian Walnes MBE, co-founder of The Anne Frank Trust UK. “Now 70 years later a pop singer is trying to hijack this for his own self-aggrandizement. It says a lot about what his ego is turning into.”
On the other hand, The Anne Frank House has tried to make the best out of the situation and thanked the singer for his visit via Facebook.
"The Anne Frank House was pleased to welcome Justin Bieber to the Anne Frank House last Friday. We think it is very positive that he took the time and effort to visit our museum. He was very interested in the story of Anne Frank and stayed for over an hour. We hope that his visit will inspire his fans to learn more about her life and hopefully read the diary," they wrote.
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