Well, we all watched as Justin Bieber uploaded several photos to his Instagram on April 1, hinting that his wife, Hailey Baldwin, was pregnant. Unfortunately, it all turned out to be an April Fools’ joke, and the “Sorry” crooner got a lot of heat for it.
Yep! Fans and news outlets alike slammed 25-year-old for taking part in a joke that is insensitive to people who are struggling to have kids of their own. And now that several articles have surfaced highlighting everything that was wrong about the joke, the “No Brainer” singer has taken to Instagram to apologize.
Along with a screenshot of an article titled “Justin Bieber slammed on social media for fake pregnancy news,” the singer included a caption with a very lengthy explanation as to why he decided to go through with the joke, and what his intentions truly were.
“There’s always gonna be people offended, there’s also people who don’t take jokes very well,” he wrote. “I am a prankster and it was APRIL FOOLS. I didn’t at all mean to be insensitive to people who can’t have children.”
He then went on to explain that a ton of people prank others with fake pregnancy news, particularly because it guarantees a big reaction. Still, he wanted to say sorry for offending those he hurt by the prank because that truly wasn’t his goal.
“I will apologize anyway and take responsibility and say sorry to people who were offended,” he added. “I truly don’t want anyone to be hurt by a prank.. it’s like when I shoved cake in my little sisters face for her birthday expecting her to laugh but she cried.”
Uhh, he lost us a little with the cake bit, but went on to explain the bigger point, which is that you can’t always judge whether or not people are going to be offended — especially when you have millions of eyes on you at all times.
“You sometimes just don’t know what will hurt someone’s feelings not to compare pregnancy with cake in the face but it’s just to paint the picture of not knowing what will offend. Some might have laughed but some were offended .. I think With pranks u sometimes have to roll that dice.”
Well, he certainly rolled the dice with this one, and we can totally understand how people might have been offended by the joke. Regardless, we’re glad he apologized so we can all put the past behind us. April Fools’ Day is over, folks, so let’s just hope that the next time the newlyweds announce a pregnancy, it’s real.
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