If your alarm clock started singing "Baby, baby" to you at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning and you woke up with hope that your man would be back on social media, you're in for some heartache. Justin Bieber deactivated his Instagram on Monday night, and it's still not back. Don't believe me? Head over to his page and read the "Sorry, this page isn't available" message yourself. For further proof, head on over to Twitter where countless memes have reacted to the deletion.
To be fair, there was a warning days ago. That came after he posted a series of photos with Sofia Richie, daughter of the singer Lionel Richie. The two were traveling in Japan together. The two are rumored to be a couple, and some of his fans reacted harshly. There were misogynistic slurs and nasty emojis among the many, many messages that the two received. Taking to Instagram, Bieber said he expected better:
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.
Bustle has reached out to Bieber and Richie's reps regarding the dating rumors about them, but has not yet received a response.
In the end, Bieber went even further. For fans who are suffering, they can still reach out to him on Twitter. His @justinbieber account is still up, although he's less engaged than in times past. His last update was Saturday when he wrote, "I love Tokyo."
Should he sign in, he will see the social media freakout of his departure.
But some of his fans were not pleased that he "chose a girl" over them.
Of course, staying mad at Bieber is kind of difficult.
And naturally, there were those rather pleased with the situation.
Selena Gomez, to be expected, is part of the controversy. She commented on one of Bieber's photos with Richie, saying:
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. They were there for you before anyone.
Then she and Bieber got into a kind of back and forth before she accused him of cheating on her.
Confused? Then you must be among the non-Beliebers who are probably like, whaaa?
The biggest reaction overall on Twitter is shock. Whenever Bieber does make his return to Instagram, you can be sure there will be plenty of fans ready to share their reaction... and they may not all be happy. So get ready to do your best rendition of "Sorry," Justin.
You're going to need it.