Social media scoop: Justin Bieber quits Instagram, Usain Bolt becomes a meme and Bella Hadid strips down
This week in celebrity rivalry
1. Justin Bieber quits Instagram
We never thought he'd actually do it. After receiving negative comments from the public on his Instagram pictures — which featured him and new squeeze Sofia Richie, who just so happens to be Lionel Richie's 17-year-old daughter — the singer 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." After making his Instagram private, he proceeded to delete it.
2. Selena Gomez killed him with kindness...kind of
Selena Gomez took time off her Revival Tour to leave a few unsavoury comments on her ex's Instagram. Things got pretty ugly when they called each other out on cheating, with their respective fans took sides — with some on the #SelenaEndedJustin side. Later that day, Gomez appeared to have a change of heart, posting this on her Snapchat.
3. Hailey Baldwin weighs in on the action...kind of
Looks like Bieber has left behind a trail of scorned women — another of his rumoured former beaus, model Hailey Baldwin, posted this on her Instagram before deleting it: "Misplacing the blame onto someone else isn't going to get you to the next stage in life, so try not to manipulate a situation to make yourself look better". After taking it down, she went onto Twitter to clear things up. Sure, we're totally convinced now.
The only thing I "weigh in on" is everyday life in general. Don't rope me into things I'm not a part of and please respect my privacy. x— Hailey Baldwin (@haileybaldwin) August 15, 2016
4. The internet reacts to the #JustinDeactivatedParty
Trust the internet to blow up over this drama in hilarious fashion. Here are our favourite responses:
@ThaBieberCrew Not anymore— Jonathan Mars (@2249158723Mars) August 16, 2016
5. Sofia Richie, suspended?
The young up-and-coming model took to Twitter to speak on behalf of her beau in hiding, saying, "Justin is not shutting out his beliebers. He's thankful everyday for y'all, y'all got him here.. He doesn't forget that.. Period". Unfortunately, when we checked back on Twitter today, her account is now suspended. Yikes.
6. Karlie Kloss is a loyal Swifty
The problem with #girlsquads? You're always expected to weigh in on people — like Kim Kardashian. In Karlie Kloss' recent interview with the Times, she was asked if the Kardashian is a good person, to which she responded, "I think she's been a lovely person to me in the past". Once again, the internet exploded — and Kloss took to Twitter to make a statement.
I will not allow the media to misconstrue my words. Taylor has always had my back and I will always have hers.— Karlie Kloss (@karliekloss) August 16, 2016
and I will never be the girl that you can use to pit women against each other. That isn't me.— Karlie Kloss (@karliekloss) August 16, 2016
7. Bella Hadid bares it all
As Kendall Jenner fans celebrated her US Vogue September cover last week, the house of Hadid relished in this bare-all of the younger sister, Bella, on Vogue Paris. Shot by renowned photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the 19-year-old follows in the footsteps of elder sister Gigi, who previously posed nude for the cover in March.
8. Mert Alas celebrates Madonna
The Turkish photographer has seen his fair share of famous faces, but nothing quite tops shooting the material girl herself. Alas shot a 10-page spread of Madonna for a special collector's edition of U.K.'s Love magazine.
9. The world digs into Joseph Schooling's personal life
In particular, they uncovered factoids about his girlfriend, Casey Shomaker. Stories about the University of Texas student entered news sites such as the Daily Mail, Morning Ledger, Heavy.com and of course, Today and AsiaOne. Before his win, Shomaker's Instagram was pretty much public — but not anymore.
10. Usain Bolt stuns the world yet again, but this time with a winning smile
When do you know you've made it in life? When you become a meme, for sure (never mind the Olympic medals)! One of the greatest moments in the Rio Olympics, Aussie photographer shot this image of the Jamaican sprinter's semi-final, only for the internet to turn it into a meme.
Making my way downtown walking fast pic.twitter.com/VscYmx0Lyy— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) August 15, 2016
However, when Ellen DeGeneres attempted to do the same, she received a considerable amount of backlash as people noticed her picture's racist undertones.
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