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Justin Bieber and the Curious Case of the Missing Instagram

The pop performer deleted his Insta amid some online tussles with ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez

It’s always big news when a star deletes his/her Instagram account, but when the story involves Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, you know there’s bound to be drama.

If you’ve been paying attention to Bieber’s account recently, you would have seen some posts of him and his new female companion, Sofia Richie. Some fans weren’t too happy about this coupling and took to Instagram to reveal their, well, less-than-complimentary thoughts. After seeing all the negativity, Bieber said, “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.”

Now, stars make these kinds of threats all the time and don’t follow through, but Bieber went ahead and deleted his photo-sharing service entirely when ex-girlfriend Gomez added her two cents, commenting, “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 your before anyone.”

Bieber separately responded to his own comments with, “It’s funny to see people that used me for attention and still try to point the finger this way. Sad. All love… I’m not one for anyone receiving hate. Hope u can all be kind to my friends and eachother. And yes I love my beliebers.”

Gomez then fired back at him saying, “Funny how the ones that cheated multiple times, are pointing the finger at the ones that were forgiving and supportive, no wonder fans are mad. Sad. All love.”

From there, screen grabs suggest that Bieber clapped back with his own cheating accusations: “I cheated…Oh and I forgot about you and Zayn [Malik]?” Juicy. And now Bieber’s Instagram is gone, gone, gone — the URL now goes to an error page. Guess it was, in fact, too late to say sorry.