Justin Bieber And Selena Gomez Both Shock Fans By Announcing Withdrawal From Public Eye — What’s Going On?

Justin Bieber has followed long-time on-off girlfriend Selena Gomez in announcing that he will be staying out of the spotlight. It comes after a string of incidents that hinted that Justin may be struggling to deal with the demands of super-fame, the stress of touring, and the extra exposure that accompanied his post-Purpose career resurgence.

First Justin announced that he would no longer be doing fan meet-and-greets because he felt drained from absorbing the spiritual energy of so many people. Some fans mocked the heartthrob for his decision or accused Justin of selfishness, while others were accepting of Bieber’s decision and felt compassion for Justin as he attempted to center himself and find himself spiritually.

Leave him alone! He’s finding himself and his spirituality.

Images of Justin Bieber chilling out in parks and climbing trees soon hit the press, further fueling speculation that the Canadian heartthrob was eager to clear his head, ground himself and introduce more spirituality into his life. AOL called Bieber’s behavior “erratic” and speculated that he may be headed for a mental breakdown.

After a string of recent bizarre behavior, which includes walking barefoot in a park and feeding a squirrel, berating fans for asking for photos with him and acting weird on stage during his Purpose World Tour, sources close to the singer are expressing concern that he’s on the brink of a breakdown.

Recently, Justin and ex Selena Gomez faced off on Instagram after Bieber berated his fans for sending hate to his new girlfriend Sofia Richie. Selena accused Justin of not appreciating his Beliebers, Justin accused Selena of using him for attention, and in the following days Justin deleted his Instagram. Reports stated that Selena regretted her actions, and that Justin was mad at his ex for continually trying to insert herself into his affairs. There were also reports that Selena is still in love with Justin and finds it hard to see him with a new girl every other week.

The intrigue continues this week — just today, Justin posted a Facebook message saying that he will be “taking a break for me.” Justin posted the message alongside a photograph of himself looking happy and relaxed, prompting Hollywood Life to report that this may actually be a good sign.

“Love you. Just taking a break for me sometimes. See everyone on BBC tonight and tour next month. Thanks.”

The report stated that, “Lately, we’ve noticed that [Justin Bieber] has been a little grumpy, following his angry social media war with ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez. While his Instagram still remains inactive, the “Sorry” heart-throb took to Facebook to post a new photo — and we’ve NEVER seen him happier!

The mag speculates that Justin may have reason to smile because things are going well with his new girlfriend Sofia Richie. Just today, the seventeen-year-old hinted that she and Justin have amazing sexual chemistry when she appeared in a clip rocking out to Rihanna’s steamy track “Sex With Me,” according to Hollywood Life.

Meanwhile, Selena Gomez has also announced that she is taking a break, “decompressing” and spending time with family. Gomez has actually cancelled her Revival tour, saying that she has been suffering from anxiety, panic attacks, and depression and she believes that the disease lupus is behind that, according to The Sun and Now.

The actress believes that the auto-immune disease lupus is causing her mental health problems, but Hollywood Life has hinted that Bieber-related stress may also be affecting Selena. The mag notes that Selena announced that she wishes to take time off and decompress just as Justin’s romance with Sofia was heating up, with the couple taking off for a trip to Mexico. Sexy pictures of Justin and Sofia were soon all over Instagram and social media. Selena Gomez has admitted that she keeps tabs on Justin and his various girls, prompting speculation that Selena made the decision to stay off social media and unwind after she saw the pictures of Justin and Sofia.

She has been largely unplugged and taking a break from social media. Selena has been keeping things simple and cutting out all the excess noise in her life. She has been trying to keep her mind off the boys in her life and focusing on relaxing and decompressing.

Shortly before the announcement of Selena’s tour cancellation, The Sun reported that Gomez’s family and friends were planning an intervention.

Dan Wootton stated in his “Bizarre”column, “I can reveal her loved ones are preparing to stage an intervention in the next few days.”

A source told Wootton that Selena’s Instagram clash with Justin has taken a big toll on her.

“There’s real concern and the plan is to talk to her in the next few days to ask her to consider taking some time off.”

Selena Gomez has announced that she is cancelling her tour completely, so it sounds like the singer’s worried family and friends have managed to get through to her.

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