Justin Bieber has threatened to make his Instagram account private after many Beliebers bombarded his social media account with hateful messages about rumored new girlfriend, Sofia Richie.
The 22-year-old singer posted a series of black and white photos of the two in the back of a car together, with the most recent one containing a stern warning for his fans.
"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," he wrote.
Many Beliebers have interpreted the warning as an insult to their fandom, upset that he called them "fans" and seeing the message as an indication that he is "choosing" Richie over them.
Commenters used the snake emoji and the hashtag #RIPBeliebers to express themselves on Bieber's Instagram.
"Ohh Justin you honestly don't see how Sofia's a snake but whatever, your problem," reads one comment from a user called bridgett.privvx.
"What happened to Beliebers? I thought it was Beliebers and Justin against the world now it's just fans vs. Justin, like I guess us ‘fans’ should leave you alone then," reads another, from user rauhlxjerry.
Richie, who turns 18 on August 24, has disabled comments on her Instagram account. She has been the target of hurtful comments since being photographed with Bieber in California and Japan, where she accompanied the singer on tour.
Check out Justin's big smiles on a recent hike with Sofia in the video below.