As long as you love me / We’re under pressure / Seven billion people in the world trying to fit in.
~”As Long As You Love Me”
Justin Bieber sang it once a long time ago, there is just too much pressure going on all over his love life, or lack there of. For the past few days, it seems like those billions of people are not showing a lot of love for the pop singer and causing a lot of unnecessary drama.
The Canadian-born artist deleted his Instagram account in retaliation to “fans” who were cruelly criticizing him at first for posting pictures with his supposed girlfriend Sofia Richie (Lionel Richie’s heir). His followers were leaving thousands of harsh comments about how terrible and heartless he was for posting such things, and that only infuriated Bieber. He then posted a picture with a caption that said, “I’m gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don’t stop the hate this is getting out of hand, if you guys are really fans you wouldn’t be so mean to people that I like.”
A valid response that fans didn’t seem to get. Instead they just told him to suck it up, delete the comments, or stop posting those images. Finally, all hell broke loose when his ex, Selena Gomez, even took shots at the Biebs. She commented, “If you can’t handle the hate then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol – it should be special between you two only. Don’t be mad at your fans. They love you.”
Well, that was completely random, Gomez. The heart might still want what it wants, huh Selena? Justin answered the songstress/actress back, “It’s funny to see people that used me for attention and still trying to point the finger this way. Sad. All love. I’m not one for anyone receiving hate.” Oh, Justin?
Gomez went for a swing: “Funny how the ones that cheated multiple times, are pointing the finger at the ones that were forgiving and supportive, no wonder fans are mad. Sad. All love.”
Is she saying the the “Boyfriend” vocalist cheated on her?! Well then watch this next move by Bieber when he comments back, “I cheated… Oh I forgot about You and Zayn?” Did she cheat? Did they both cheat? Were they even really a thing? Honestly, I could care less, people. Let them be…
Party is not over yet though. Next up? Hailey Baldwin, another one of Biebers’ past girlfriends, shows up to play the blame game, thickening this incredibly annoying plot. Baldwin and Bieber had dated before, but recently he unfollowed her on socials and then Sofia also unfollowed her. So clearly, something is up. This is just a terribly sorry version of Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.
After copious amounts of hate hitting Bieber from every angle of social media, he finally decided to end it all by deleting his Instagram account. Of course fans were even more enraged, but honestly, you all deserved it. When hearing this, Gomez then realized that she may have come on too strong and in a recent Snapchat story posted a blank black image with the statement: “What I said was selfish and pointless.” Guess she’s feeling a bit regretful now. Is it too late now to say sorry?
The 22-year old went from 77.8 million followers to 0, real fast. Even Drake wouldn’t be able to countdown for it. He’s also not only building a bad reputation for himself with this, but his burning a lot of bridges with people too. Baldwin was notably upset with him as well after seeing the social war, and decided to post her own thoughts. “Taking responsibility for actions,” “misplacing blame,” and attempting to “manipulate a situation to make yourself look better,” were only a few of the things the celebrity wrote for the Purpose artist.
She was clearly upset when Bieber and Richie unfollowed her because her final note of the night was this: “The truth will always come to light, so it’s better to just own it.”
What truth does she mean? Maybe we will never know, but what we do know is that Beliebers are finding the pop-star to be a little overbearing and overly emotional (during his tour, he snapped at an audience member who threw a hat for him mid-speech). Will his Instagram every see another filtered-day? Well, guess for that, we’ll just have to wait and see.
Further References: Buzzfeed, Daily Mail