Justin Bieber: “Done Taking Pictures” With Fans
Justin Bieber says he’s “done taking pictures” with fans, and has come to feel like a “zoo animal.” The singer who, as Gossip Cop reported in March, canceled his meet-and-greets at his Purpose World Tour concerts, went on an Instagram rant on Tuesday, explaining why he won’t take photos with fans to whom he doesn’t “owe” anything.
Bieber wrote on Instagram, “If you happen to see me out somewhere know that I’m not gonna take a picture I’m done taking pictures.” He explained, “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.” Bieber noted, “I realize people will be disappointed but I don’t owe anybody a picture.” The singer concluded his rant, “And people who say ‘but I bought ur album’ know that you got my album and you got what you paid for AN ALBUM! It doesn’t say in fine print whenever you see me you also get a photo.”
As Gossip Cop reported two months ago when Bieber announced he was through with meet-and-greets, the singer said the get-togethers left him feeling “drained” and “unhappy” from being “filled with so much of other people’s spiritual energy.” He added that he wanted to remain instead in a “healthy mindset” so that he could give his fans “the best show you have ever seen.”
This new decision to stop taking photos altogether comes exactly a week after a fan threw a flag right in his face after Bieber rolled down his SUV window to talk with a group. He responded by calmly tossing the flag back out of his car, and asking the girl why she threw it. The situation, which was caught on camera, was then wrongly spun to seem like Bieber had “dissed” his fans by being “rude.”
Even more recently, Bieber was in Boston this week when he was followed as he tried to enjoy his own personal time, despite even asking to be left alone. And he isn’t the only star tired of being treated poorly. As Gossip Cop reported, Amy Schumer took to Instagram last month to vent about a supposed fan who ambushed her on the street and told her, “It’s America and we paid for you” when she didn’t want to pose for a picture. Schumer, who initially then said she would no longer take photos at all, later said she would limit when and where.
UPDATE: The immediate catalyst for Bieber’s announcement seems to have been an incident at Lucky Strike in Boston. A rep for the venue tells Gossip Cop:
“In town for his concert dates at TD Garden, Justin stopped by the Lucky Strike Boston venue with a security guard to shoot a couple games of pool around 5:00p EST. Lucky Strike management escorted them to a private area, and report that Justin and company were pleasant and gracious, making small talk about his concerts and how Justin had filmed his first video at a Lucky Strike venue in Los Angeles. It was toward the end of their last game that a family, also at the venue, began trying to get to Justin, pretending they were looking for the bathroom to catch a glimpse and eventually confronting him and demanding photos, implying they were deserved because they had bought Justin’s albums.
Until that incident, by all accounts Bieber was a great guest, but obviously just wanted to have some down time and not be disturbed. We had a great experience with him, and he was even kind enough to sign a bowling pin before he left. Lucky Strike regrets that his visit to the venue was soured by this experience with one of our customers.”
The location’s manager also adds, “Justin was kind, politely making small talk with the staff. 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. We want every guest to feel comfortable when they enter Lucky Strike and wholeheartedly feel that Justin deserves to have his privacy respected.”