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Justin Bieber: ‘Instagram is the devil’

He thinks your love of the Valencia filter is sending you straight to hell

Fans of Justin Bieber waiting with bated breath for the singer to rejoin the real world on Instagram may have to wait a while longer, after the increasingly outspoken star revealed sinister feelings for the image-sharing app, a place that has certainly helped elevate his career. On occasions, Instagram would be inundated with so many likes on one of his posts that the app’s servers couldn’t keep up.

But during his concert last night (November 29) in London, the Purpose singer compared the social media platform to Satan, stating that he was relieved to be away from the app’s lens. At the show, the singer said “Who thinks I should get my Instagram back?” to a cheering crowd.

“I don’t wanna get my Instagram back,” he explained to the thousands of screaming fans at the O2. “Instagram is the devil. I’m sure, I think... I think hell is Instagram. I’m, like, 90 per cent sure.” He told fans he would be taking lots of pictures, but wouldn’t publish them anywhere.

“We get sent to hell and we get locked in the Instagram server. I’m stuck in the DMs. I’m trying to climb my way out and I can’t,” he added.

The gig was Bieber’s sixth time playing London on his tour promoting his fourth studio album from 2015. 

The Canadian initially quit Instagram in August, after a social media attack by fans on his then-girlfriend Sofia Richie. The singer announced via IG caption: “I’m gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don’t stop the hate, this is getting out of hand.”

The news follows several onstage rants from the singer, who appears to be growing weary of attention and fame. He called a previous London crowd “obnoxious”, and asked a Manchester audience to “shut up”. He was also filmed earlier in the week punching a fan who attempted to touch him in Barcelona.

Watch the full video of Bieber’s gospel on the occultist power of Instagram below: