If you woke up Tuesday morning, opened Twitter, and saw everyone tweeting #JustinDeactivatedParty, yes, that means exactly what you think it means: Justin Bieber has deleted his Instagram. On Sunday, the "Cold Water" singer threatened to go private if fans didn't stop hating on his alleged girlfriend, Sofia Richie, and it seems like he's decided to take it a step further. Bustle has reached out to Bieber and Richie's reps regarding the dating rumors, but has not yet received a response.
That's right, everyone. We live in a world where Justin Bieber no longer has an Instagram. When you visit his page, you get that sad "sorry, this page isn't available" message, and it's like his account never existed at all. Gone are the selfies, the #TBT posts, the adorable snaps of him playing with Kourtney Kardashian's kids. And as you may have guessed, his fans are totally devastated. Can you blame them? They've lost one major way of communicating with their favorite artist, and that can be a harsh blow to take. But after everything Bieber's been through lately, it's not the most surprising thing in the world that he decided to take back this piece of his privacy. This was a long time coming, guys.
It seems that lately Bieber has definitely been reevaluating what he wants being a celebrity to mean to him, so the signs have been there. Remember how, earlier this year, he made an announcement that he no longer wanted to take photos with fans, something that totally rocked Beliebers' worlds. When he was younger, he did fully embrace the teen heartthrob lifestyle, and that could be part of what has made his latest moves catch fans so off guard. But people change as they get older, and it seems like Bieber is giving more thought to how he wants to spend his time and what he wants to be important in his life — just like the rest of us do.
Scrolling through the trending topic on Twitter, it's clear that many of Bieber's fans view this as a selfish move, and I can understand that, too. When you support an artist with your time and your wallet, it's easy to feel like they owe you something. But I can also understand why Bieber doesn't want to give people access to his personal life if they're going to use it as fuel to talk about him and the people he cares about in a negative way. Who would want to do that? Not me, and I have a feeling Bieber's skin is way thicker than mine.
Hopefully, Bieber's Instagram disappearance isn't permanent. And if it is? That's totally his choice to make, even if the rest of us are bummed about it.