Pop singer Justin Bieber received a lot of criticism for sharing a fake pregnancy post on April fool’s Day. The singer took to Instagram on Monday to share the caption-less photograph of an ultrasound, saying that he and his wife Hailey Baldwin were expecting their first child together.
His initial posts were filled with comments from his friends and fans who congratulated the couple, while others questioned if this was just an elaborate April Fools’ joke.
Bieber later added a
third Instagram post of a puppy photo shopped into the ultrasound.
“Wait omg is that a. April Fools,” he captioned the image. While some users called Bieber’s prank “genius” others said pregnancy is no laughing matter, slamming the pop star for insensitivity for couples who struggle to conceive or have lost children.
The backlash follows a growing number of social media users advocating for an end to fake pregnancy announcements on April Fools’ Day. Bieber has not addressed the backlash, and all three posts remain on his Instagram page.
“1 in 4 women miscarry. 1 in 8 couples experience infertility. 1 in 160 pregnancies end in stillbirth. Think before you prank on April fool’s Day, because pregnancy is not a joke. Don’t degrade something so precious and valuable,” a user tweeted ahead of April 1.