Justin Bieber took his threats to make his Instagram private to the next level by quitting the platform entirely

By Dave Quinn
Updated August 16, 2016 08:50 AM
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Justin Bieber has deactivated his Instagram account.

Days after the 22-year-old singer’s threats to make his Instagram private spurred a very public feud with Selena Gomez and Hailey Baldwin, the “Baby” singer has taken it to the next level and walked away entirely from the popular social networking site.

His exit in the early hours of Tuesday quickly inspired a #JustinDeactivatedParty on Twitter, with even many of his most loyal “Beliebers” criticizing the singer and waving him goodbye.

“If he can’t handle the hate, he should not be famous,” one fan wrote.

“When you wake up and realize Justin deactivated over a 17-year-old girl,” another said.

“I’m just going to sit back and watch people defend their idol who chose a girl over them,” added one.

While his fans may have felt abandoned, others laughed off the drama.

Bieber first threatened to leave Instagram after his rumored relationship with new flame Sofia Richie was met with criticism from fans.

“I’m gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don’t stop the hate,” the “Sorry” singer captioned a black and white photo with the 17-year-old model over the weekend. “This is getting out of hand, if you guys are really fans you wouldn’t be so mean to people that I like.”

Gomez quickly weighed in on the post with her own bit of advice.

“If you can’t handle the hate, then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol – It should be special between you two only,” Gomez commented on his post. “Don’t be mad at your fans. They love you and supported you before any one ever did.”

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Bieber clapped back at Gomez shortly after, writing, “It’s funny to see people that used me for attention and still try to point the finger this way. Sad. All love.”

Baldwin then weighed in herself in a now-deleted post, writing: “We’ve all had our fair share of things we’ve done, both good and bad. What makes the present so powerful is when we take complete responsibility for our actions, we allow ourselves self-growth. Misplacing the blame onto someone else isn’t going to get you to the next stage in life, so try not to manipulate a situation to make yourself look better. The truth always come to light, so it’s better just to own it.”

In the early hours of Tuesday, Gomez appeared to give her own response – apologizing for her words.

“What I said was selfish and pointless,” she wrote on Snapchat.