For the past couple days, Justin Bieber has been in Tokyo, where he took 17-year-old Sofia Richie—and from paparazzi-snapped hand-holding pics to filling his Instagram with shots of her (eight photos in the last two days), he hasn’t made the romantic nature of their relationship very secret.
This has upset fans, partly for the speed of the relationship (Bieber was shot in Hawaii with other girls just last week), and partly for the way Bieber was quick to defend Richie against their fan hate. Bieber edited the caption of one of their Instagrams to send a message to his followers. “I’m gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don’t stop the hate,” he wrote. “This is getting out of hand, if you guys are really fans you wouldn’t be so mean to people that I like.”
Beliebers were outraged at this insult to their support, with #RIPBeliebers trending on Twitter.
This evening, it looks like Selena Gomez broke her silence, commenting on Bieber’s Instagram. “If you can’t handle the hate, then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol,” she wrote. “It should be special between you two only. Don’t be mad at your fans. They love you.”
The Beliebers saw that and responded, making #SelenaEndedJustinParty a trending topic on Twitter.
— huda (@kiIamwkindness) August 14, 2016
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US