Justin Bieber Says He's 'Done Taking Pictures' with Fans: All the Details on the Boston Incident That Inspired Singer's Rant
"I feel like a zoo animal, and I wanna be able to keep my sanity," writes Bieber
In an Instagram post, Bieber, 22, ranted about feeling like a “zoo animal” because of fans constantly seeking photos from him.
“If you happen to see me out somewhere know that I’m not gonna take a picture I’m done taking pictures,” he wrote. “It has gotten to the point that people won’t even say hi to me or recognize me as a human, I feel like a zoo animal, and I wanna be able to keep my sanity.”
The singer acknowledged that “people will be disappointed,” but went on to say that he doesn’t “owe anybody a picture.”
“And people who say ‘but I bought ur album’ know that you got my album and you got what you paid for AN ALBUM!” he continued. “It doesn’t say in fine print whenever you see me you also get a photo.”
Bieber’s Instagram rant was reportedly inspired by an incident earlier in the day at Lucky Strike Boston, a source tells PEOPLE. In town for his concert, Bieber went to shoot pool with a friend. During his game, he was approached by a family, who asked for a picture and implied they deserved one because they bought his album.
“We want every guest to feel comfortable when they enter Lucky Strike and wholeheartedly feel that Justin deserves to have his privacy respected,” a manager at the venue told PEOPLE in a statement.
“Justin was kind, politely making small talk with the staff,” the manager added. “It was immediately clear though, that he just wanted to be a normal person and be able to play pool with his guest, so we respected their privacy. Before he left we asked Justin if he could sign one of our bowling pins when he had a moment, which he happily obliged.”
Earlier this year, the “Sorry” singer canceled all of his tour meet-and-greets, saying he ends up “feeling so drained and filled with so much of other people’s spiritual energy.”
“Can’t tell you how sorry I am, and wish it wasn’t so hard on me.. And I want to stay in the healthy mindset I’m in to give you the best show you have ever seen,” he added.