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Beliebers world wide were asking the singer “What Do You Mean?” on Tuesday evening following the singer’s latest set of Instagrams.
“If you see me out somewhere, know that I’m not going to take a picture,” wrote Justin Bieber. “I’m done taking pictures.”
Though the 22-year-old didn’t mention a specific instance that pushed him over the edge — as Amy Schumer did when she decried that she, too, didn’t owe fans photos — he articulated that it was the dehumanization of the whole process that drove him to the decision.
“It has gotten to the point that people won’t even recognize me as a human, I feel like a zoo animal,” he added.
The in-demand singer also anticipated the adverse reaction from fans, writing, “and people who say ‘but I bought your album’ know that you bought my album and you got what you paid for — AN ALBUM.”
In a follow-up post, Bieber also addressed a negative comment from user Braekess (whose handle, Bieber noted, is “fire”) who told him that taking photos with fans comes with the territory of popstar-dom.
“If you think setting boundaries is being a douche I’m the biggest douche around,” Bieber wrote. “But I think it’s smart and will be the only way I last.”
Braekess you are so right btw your Instagram name is fire. Years ago it was impossible to even take a picture at anytime not everyone was accessible to a camera now everyone has a camera phone and Now it’s just a different thing.If you think setting boundaries is being a douche I’m the biggest douche around but I think it’s smart and will be the only way I last. I wanna enjoy life and not be a slave to the world and their demands of what they think I need to do!! I love the fact that I am able to make people happy but cmon if you truly were in my position you would understand how tiring it is ( boo hoo Justin get over it) I’m going to keep making decisions I feel are fit for my growth and no human being will make me feel bad for it.
A photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on
Time will tell if the singer follows through with this new rule (#NeverSayNever, amirite?). For now, enjoy these awkward photos of Bieber taking selfies with fans.
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