Drama Alert! Justin Bieber shut down his Instagram account Monday night, apparently in response to the singer receiving a slew of hate-filled comments on his posts of pictures with his girlfriend, Sofia Richie.
The 22-year-old Canadian singer had 77.8 million followers before his page went dark, deleting more than 3,700 posts.
Bieber had previously threatened to pull the plug after getting trolled relentlessly on Instagram, and a reported feud with ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez. In an Aug. 13 post (now unavailable) he wrote: “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.”
For now, Bieber maintains accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat. But the singer announced in May that he would stop taking photographs with fans in public, writing on Instagram at the time, “I feel like a zoo animal, and I wanna be able to keep my sanity.”
On Instagram, Bieber had the No. 7 most-followed account, after Instagram itself (with 182 million followers), Selena Gomez (95 million), Taylor Swift (88.6 million), Ariana Grande (81.9 million), Beyonce (81.6 million) and Kim Kardashian West (79.8 million).
Have you ever deleted a social media account after a fight?