Justin Bieber isn’t pleased about how some of his fans are treating his rumored girlfriend Sofia Richie on social media.
On Sunday (Aug. 14), the pop superstar, who has been almost inseparable from the 17-year-old model in recent weeks, threatened to make his Instagram account private if fans don’t start showing Richie some respect.
“I’m gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don’t stop the hate this is getting out of hand,” Bieber, 22, captioned a black-and-white Instagram photo of himself with Richie. “If you guys are really fans you wouldn’t be so mean to people that I like.”
Richie, the daughter of singer Lionel Richie, has been overwhelmed with nasty Instagram comments ever since being seen up with Bieber. The messages range from snake emojis to much much harsher words. “You barely know justin and he’s all about you. We’ve been here for 8 yrs & he’s putting US down for your irrelevant hoe ass,” one user wrote, according to US Weekly. Another added, “Jelena forever,” a reference to Bieber’s past romance with Selena Gomez.