On Wednesday, Foxx, 51, addressed the backlash Vave has received on his Instagram Live, explaining that the singer is simply his new artist and that throughout the course of his career he has made it his mission to take rising stars under his wing. Vave, 21, reshared the video on her Instagram account.
“When I met Ed Sheeran, I didn’t know him from Adam. He slept on my couch for six weeks — he ended up going on to do great things,” Foxx said of the British singer.
Foxx then explained this is also the case for Vave.
“But here was the thing, there is a young lady by the name of Sela Vave. I did the same thing with her.”
Foxx shared that he was introduced to Vave by one of his other artists. He then got to hear her sing on the front steps of his house — a moment that Vave has shared on social media.
“She’s singing broken down Beyoncé, playing the guitar and I said ‘How the f— did this happen?’”
“So, we took her under our wing,” Foxx explained.
The star then explained the photographs taken of himself and Vave holding hands as they left Bootsy Bellows nightclub last Friday.
“I’m escorting her to my car, to put her in the car — my artist, who hangs out with my kids and is as young as my daughter,” Foxx said.
The star is dad to daughter Corinne Foxx, 25, with Connie Kline. He also shares daughter Anelise Bishop, 10, with Kristin Grannis.
“People try to make mountains out of molehills. We want to treat her the same way and give her the same opportunities,” Foxx said, adding that he warned Vave of the “haters.”