When Justin Bieber took to Instagram to scold his fans for their hostility toward his then-girlfriend Sofia Richie, everyone from his off-again, on-again girlfriend Selena Gomez to Twitter users voiced their sometimes vehement views. Bieber subsequently quit Instagram after a volatile war of words with Selena. And now, months later, Sofia is finally opening up about how she feels when it comes to social media.
Although Justin got heated when it came to Instagram, with Selena getting riled up in a feud as well, Richie is cool, calm and collected when it comes to giving her views on Instagram, noted the Daily Mail.
It was in August that Sofia’s then-boyfriend Bieber deleted his Instagram account after that now famous war of words with Gomez. But while his more than 77 million fans remain deprived and dismayed about Justin’s absence, Richie kept it simple when it came to finally dishing up her social media views.
“I just post what I think is cool and what I enjoy.”
However, given that it was Bieber’s photos of himself with Sofia that generated a backlash, Richie’s next remark just might have had some irony in it.
“I’m not trying to post some revealing picture to get more followers, so I don’t get in trouble,” Sofia admitted.
The Bieber brouhaha began when the 22-year-old “Sorry” singer asked his fans to stop their unkind comments on social media photos he shared of himself with Richie, 18.
“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,” wrote Justin.
That’s when Selena shocked everyone by entering the battle between the Biebs and his Beliebers over Sofia.
“If you can’t handle the hate then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol – it should be special between you two only,” wrote Gomez.
“Don’t be mad at your fans. They love you.”
Justin and Selena subsequently entered a war of words, each slinging accusations that the other had cheated.
“Funny how the ones that cheated multiple times, are pointing the finger at the ones that were forgiving and supportive, no wonder fans are mad,” posted Gomez.
The Biebs battled right back.
“I cheated… Oh I forgot about You and Zayn?” Justin reportedly wrote, which the media outlet interpreted as “apparently suggesting she had been unfaithful with the former One Directioner.”
The war of words ended with Bieber exiting Instagram, and subsequently exiting his romantic relationship with Richie as well.
— justin bieber eyes (@justinbiebershi) November 22, 2016
While at one point Richie and the pop prince had a “super-hot and heavy” romance, the breakup “just sort of happened on its own,” an insider told E! News.
“They are still friends though and will continue to see each other like they did before they were dating,” added the source.
But when it comes to Sofia’s and Justin’s romance, it’s “taking a backseat” while they focus “on being friends at this time,” clarified the insider.
While Bieber remains absent from Instagram, his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez just returned after a social media hiatus.
— iHeartRadio (@iHeartRadio) November 28, 2016
Selena returned to the social media platform after more than three months of silence to share her appreciation to her fans, noted iHeart.
“I have a lot to be thankful for this year,” wrote Gomez. “My year has been the hardest yet most rewarding one yet. I’ve finally fought the fight of not ‘being enough.'”
Selena emphasized her love for her followers.
“I have only wanted to reflect the love you guys have given me for years and show how important it is to take care of YOU.”
Gomez concluded by noting her belief that “kindness always wins,” and reiterating her love for her fans.
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) December 5, 2016
And for those still hoping that Justin and Gomez might get back together or wondering if it’s possible that Bieber is considering rekindling his romance with Sofia, a recent visit to Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show unveiled the answer when it comes to Bieber and his dating life, noted Us Weekly.
The Biebs is single and not ready to mingle, telling Ellen that he is not currently searching for a girlfriend.
“I’m not dating anybody. I’m single,” he emphasized. “I’m not really looking either.”
DeGeneres also asked Justin if he uses the dating app Tinder, and the Biebs denied trying either Tinder or any dating app.
“Would you be curious to do that?” probed Ellen.
“Not really,” said the 22-year-old.
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