Chris Brown's singer pal Lloyd has blasted reports the troubled star faked tears at Sunday's (27Jun10) BET Awards during his tribute to Michael Jackson, insisting the emotion was "real".
The Kiss Kiss hitmaker, who has struggled to make a comeback since his infamous bust-up with Rihanna last year (09), stole the show at the ceremony when he performed in honour of the late King of Pop.
Brown danced his way through The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal and Billie Jean, but struggled to complete his tribute segment as tears streamed down his face while he tried to sing Jackson classic Man in the Mirror.
His R&B singer friend Lloyd was later reported to have urged the star to break down on stage, after revealing his advice to Brown was: "Man, you gotta get up there. You gotta cry, you gotta really show your heart to the world."
But Lloyd has now clarified his comments, insisting Brown's onstage emotion was completely genuine.
In a post on his blog, the singer writes, "I consider Chris a friend. He's been through a lot in the past couple (sic) years. I never told him to go onstage and cry. We spoke recently, and I told him as a friend that people hadn't really seen him be vulnerable about his situation last year (with Rihanna). I thought he was holding back and needed to let that emotion out. Him crying at the BET Awards was real, I could feel it.
"Feeling that love on stage was probably overwhelming. Plus MJ (Jackson) being gone and him performing Man in the Mirror, that song is powerful, especially for his situation. It pushed him over the edge. To say that he was faking or that I'm hating on him, that's some bulls**t."