Justin Bieber disappears from Instagram after Selena Gomez row
Published 16/08/2016 | 09:31
Justin Bieber has disappeared from Instagram following a row with ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez.
The Canadian singer had 77.8 million followers, but has now deleted or suspended his account, with Instagram users greeted by the message: "Sorry, this page isn't available."
Bieber's vanishing act comes after he threatened to make his Instagram private, which led to a war of words with pop star Gomez, 24.
The 22-year-old shared a series of photos of himself with alleged girlfriend Sofia Richie, 17, who is the daughter of Lionel Richie.
But when fans posted negative messages, he wrote: "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."
Gomez then got involved, writing a message in the comments which was screen-grabbed and shared by fans.
The images show comments from Gomez including: "If you can't handle the hate then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol - it should be special between you two only. Don't be mad at your fans. They love you. They were there for you before anyone."
Bieber seems to have hit back, with apparent screen grabs showing him saying: "It's funny to see people that used me for attention and still try to point the finger this way. Sad. All love.
"I'm not one for anyone receiving hate. Hope u all can be kind to my friends and each other. And yes I love my beliebers."
The exchange led to the hashtag #SelenaEndedJustinParty, which has now become #JustinDeactivatedParty.
Bieber's Twitter and Facebook accounts are still active and show him bonding with his new dog, Todd.
The Cold Water singer follows in the footsteps of other stars who have quit social media.
Stephen Fry left Twitter earlier this year after a row about his comments about a "bag lady" at the Baftas, writing on his blog: "I am free, free at last."
Rihanna took six months away from Instagram in 2014 after the site shut down her account when she posted topless pictures.
Ed Sheeran is also on a hiatus from all social media, writing in December that he was taking a sabbatical from "seeing the world through a screen".
In the aftermath of the row, Gomez appeared to regret her comments.
She shared a Snapchat post with the words: "What I said was selfish and pointless."