Tuesday 20 August 2019

Justin Bieber apologises for ‘insensitive’ April Fools’ Day pregnancy prank

He tried to convince fans wife Hailey Baldwin was expecting.

Justin Bieber has apologised for an ‘insensitive’ April Fools’ Day joke (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Justin Bieber has apologised for an ‘insensitive’ April Fools’ Day joke (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

By Keiran Southern, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

Justin Bieber has apologised for an “insensitive” April Fools’ Day joke claiming that wife Hailey Baldwin was pregnant.

The pop star tricked fans into thinking he was about to become a father by sharing an ultrasound with his 107 million Instagram followers.

Bieber, 25, also posted pictures of his 22-year-old wife undergoing a medical exam, further fuelling the idea she was pregnant.

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If U thought it was April fools

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He later came clean and admitted it was a hoax but was criticised by social media users claiming women who struggle to conceive could find the joke hurtful.

Bieber issued a lengthy message on Tuesday, apologising but saying “With pranks u sometimes have to roll that dice”.

He said: “There’s always gonna be people offended, there’s also people who don’t take jokes very well, I am a prankster and it was APRIL FOOLS. I didn’t at all mean to be insensitive to people who can’t have children.”

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There’s always gonna be people offended, there’s also people who don’t take jokes very well, I am a prankster and it was APRIL FOOLS. I didn’t at all mean to be insensitive to people who can’t have children. A lot of people I know, their first go to prank on April fools is telling their parents they are pregnant to get a big reaction. But I will apologize anyway and take responsibility and say sorry to people who were offended. I truly don’t want anyone to be hurt by a prank.. it’s like when I shoved cake in my little sisters face for her birthday expecting her to laugh but she cried. You sometimes just don’t know what will hurt someone’s feelings not to compare pregnancy with cake in the face but it’s just to paint the picture of not knowing what will offend. Some might have laughed but some were offended .. I think With pranks u sometimes have to roll that dice. #prankster #dennisthemenace #sorry #truly

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Bieber said many people he knows use the pregnancy joke on April Fools’ but “I will apologise anyway and take responsibility and say sorry to people who were offended”.

He added: “I truly don’t want anyone to be hurt by a prank.. it’s like when I shoved cake in my little sisters face for her birthday expecting her to laugh but she cried.

“You sometimes just don’t know what will hurt someone’s feelings not to compare pregnancy with cake in the face but it’s just to paint the picture of not knowing what will offend.

“Some might have laughed but some were offended .. I think With pranks u sometimes have to roll that dice. #prankster #dennisthemenace #sorry#truly.”

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So I read a lot of messages saying you want an album .. I’ve toured my whole teenage life, and early 20s, I realized and as you guys probably saw I was unhappy last tour and I don’t deserve that and you don’t deserve that, you pay money to come and have a lively energetic fun light concert and I was unable emotionally to give you that near the end of the tour. I have been looking, seeking, trial and error as most of us do, I am now very focused on repairing some of the deep rooted issues that I have as most of us have, so that I don’t fall apart, so that I can sustain my marriage and be the father I want to be. Music is very important to me but Nothing comes before my family and my health. I will come with a kick ass album ASAP, my swag is undeniable and my drive is indescribable his love is supernatural his grace is that reliable.... the top is where I reside period whether I make music or not the king said so. 👑 but I will come with a vengeance believe that.. (grammar and punctuation will be terrible pretend it’s a text where u just don’t care).

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Canadian Bieber first caught the eye singing on YouTube before becoming one of the world’s biggest pop stars thanks to hits including Baby, Sorry and Love Yourself.

He first sparked pregnancy rumours last month when he wrote on Instagram that he was “focused on repairing some very deep rooted issues” so he could become “the father I want to be”.

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