Justin Bieber posts note telling us not to be 'fooled' by famous people on Instagram
From fresh-faced teen to landing drink-driving charges at the age of 20, Justin Bieber is certainly one of the more polarising celebrities out there. The last few months, in particular, have proved to be particularly gruelling for the young star. His on-again-off-again relationship with fellow pop-sensation, Selena Gomez, has been inciting all sorts of media storms.
Yes, decades from now, anthropologists will look back at the initial part of this year as the time when Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez added yet another chapter to their love story. Last October, the couple were spotted riding bikes and attending church together. This caused every media outlet to assume that they had re-coupled following Selena's split from The Weeknd. Indeed, months passed without any trouble; Selena cheered Justin on at a hockey scrimmage, they spent New Year's Eve together and even got sweaty at hot yoga together - and then - it emerged that they were on a break.
Since then, we have heard very little regarding Jelena - but it's evidently taken a toll on Justin - who took to social media on Monday to remind us that it's all just a carefully curated pile of horsesh*t.
If you're a Millennial, chances are that you spend a significant portion of your day scrolling through your social media feeds (I'm looking at you, Instagram), umming and ahhing over the seemingly perfect lives of celebrities and Instagram models who are always #BeachBodyReady and jettisoning off to exotic locales.
But apparently, even the top one per cent aren't exempt from this kind of anxiety. In fact, Justin Bieber, recently took it upon himself to remind us that Instagram is a place where people show themselves at their best - consciously leaving out all the ugly and messy parts of life that we all experience. And he wanted to make it clear that celebs often feel the same way too.
The 24-year-old took posted a screenshot of a note which read, "HEY WORLD THAT GLAMOROUS LIFESTYLE YOU SEE PORTRAYED BY FAMOUS PEOPLE ON INSTAGRAM DON'T BE FOOLED THINKING THEIR LIFE IS BETTER THAN YOURS I CAN PROMISE YOU IT'S NOT!"
Interestingly, Bieber's post came just hours after one of the most hotly anticipated events of the season, the Met Gala. The annual spectacle sees Hollywood's finest donning custom-made designer garb in the name of art - and they then, obviously, spew pictures of the evening all over their social media feeds.
It's unclear whether the Sorry singer is miffed that two of his ex-girlfriends, Selena Gomez and Hailey Baldwin, walked the red carpet at the Met Gala on Monday while he was absent. But at least he was in good company. Beyoncé and Jay Z also missed the Gala, as they were taking a well-deserved holiday ahead of their international tour, and Kanye West gave it a pass this year to focus on completing his upcoming record.