Another April Fool’s day has passed us, and the internet was flooded with its usual host of fake pregnancy announcements meant to troll our friends, families, and followers alike on social media. But one fake announcement in particular has created a great outcry in its wake.
Justin Bieber is no stranger to being a favorite subject of the press. But recently, he and his wife, Hailey Baldwin, have been the subject of scrutiny given their very young relationship and marriage. But this week, his April Fool’s prank has gotten the Love Yourself singer somewhat in trouble, and made headlines.
The stir started up yesterday when Bieber took to Instagram to share what appeared to be a sonogram.
Naturally, many fans were quick to point out the day that was in it – April Fool’s – but Bieber quickly followed it up with a second picture, this time featuring his wife Hailey in what appeared to be a doctor’s office.
After the second photo people seemed to a a little less confident that it was all a prank. Fans began to comment, for example, @flocroes wrote, “Are you daddy” complete with a flame emoji, while @quintameb wrote “now I’m not sure anymore”.
However, as quickly as it was drumming up excitement among fans, it did turn out to be a prank as Bieber then followed up the ruse with another post.
While Bieber probably thought the joke would be harmless and didn’t intend to upset people, it was made clear by many of his followers and other social media users that the joke was in bad taste.
It’s absolutely sickening that Justin bieber can sit and make an April fools joke about Hailey being pregnant and not get one bit of grief because he’s famous? People commenting “ genuis “ just makes it even worse🤮🤮— Leah (@leahirwinx) April 1, 2019
Justin Bieber lying about Hailey being pregnant is beyond disrespectful. 1 in 4 women suffer from infertility, miscarriages, still born babies. How fucking disrespectful, April fools or not, fake pregnancy announcements are fucking disgusting. Are we still doing this in 2019?— kaitlyn (@sowrongitsjack) April 2, 2019
The singer was advised to bring himself up to speed on awareness of issues surrounding pregnancy loss by The Miscarriage Association, who gave the following statement to the Evening Standard:
“I don’t suppose Justin thought for a moment what it might cause upset. Hopefully any comments that are made will make him more aware of the sensitivities of pregnancy loss and infertility.”
Looks like he’ll be thinking twice about posting fake pregnancy announcements.