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Bieber defended by museum after Anne Frank comment

Pop sensation Justin Bieber’s recent trip to Amsterdam has caused quite a bit of controversy, after the 19-year-old singer wrote in the visitors book of the Anne Frank House that he hoped the historical hero would have been a fan.

Bieber has sparked international outrage, and has been accused of being self-centred and insensitive, after writing in the guestbook:

“Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber”.

However the Anne Frank House has officially defended the teenage icon’s actions, with a spokesperson stating today (April 15) that:

"His comments were quite innocent. He was here for more than an hour, and interested in Anne Frank's life, and that for us is the most important thing."

Bieber was also further defended by a post on the museum’s Facebook page, which read:

“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.”

Representatives of Justin Bieber, who is currently on a European tour, have so far declined to comment on the incident. You can watch a news report detailing the controversy in the video below: