Pick your song from Justin Bieber’s latest album and it could sum up the world’s current mood: Mark My Words. Sorry. I’ll Show You. What Do You Mean?
How’s that? Simple: The Biebs has left Instagram.
The move comes on the heels of photos Bieber posted of himself and new friend (is that what the kids are calling it these days?) Sofia Richie, a.k.a. Lionel Richie’s daughter. Whether the two are canoodling or not remains unconfirmed, but they aren’t hiding the friendship.
Following a deluge of comments and attacks from fans, Bieber threatened deleting his account if the negativity didn’t stop.
“I’m gonna make my Instagram private if you guys can’t stop the hate,” Bieber wrote, according to Page Six. “This is getting out of hand, if you guys are really fans you wouldn’t be so mean to people that I like.”
Here’s where the story becomes a little convoluted. Selena Gomez, Bieber’s ex-girlfriend, allegedly added her comments to the story. From there, mud was slung, as Bieber and Gomez began sniping each other back and forth, accusing the other of cheating. Again, this all allegedly happened, because Bieber did delete his account and the comments are unverified.
Page Six has the dirty details, if you’re interested. Whatever happens, it appears Gomez did cop to some wrongdoing. A fan account screenshotted a post from Selena’s Snapchat account that reads, “What I said was selfish and pointless.”
There is surely more to come in this slow-breaking story. For now, we will just say: R.I.P. @justinbieber IG 2011-16