11:50 AM PT — Bieber posted a lengthy apology, saying he “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
Both the Biebs and the “RHOBH” star tried to make fake pregnancy jokes for April Fools’ Day but were met with backlash from fans who were quick to point out that there are plenty of women who struggle to conceive.
Bieber’s “joke” began when he posted a photo of a sonogram, with no caption attached. Fans were quick to notice the photo was taken directly from Wikipedia but Bieber tried to keep the bit alive by tweeting a photo of wife Hailey Baldwin seemingly at a doctor’s appointment.
He captioned his second photo, “If U thought it was April fools.”
But Bieber eventually copped to the “prank” when he posted a third photo — another sonogram photo but this time with a dog — which he captioned, “Wait omg is that a,,, APRIL FOOLS.”
While many fans considered the whole thing harmless, others took offense.
“I’ve never been mad at @justinbieber but today I’m disappointed in him for posting a fake pregnancy announcement,” one Twitter user wrote. “Honestly, not a funny joke when millions of women are struggling with infertility and other issues of the sort. Sad, @justinbieber.”
Another wrote, “of course justin bieber will think a pregnancy announcement would be funny on April fools. esp so when 1 in 7 women have had a miscarriage. not to mention those suffering from infertility.”
Brandi Glanville posted a fake pregnancy announcement on Instagram, which she later deleted after taking from fans. She wasn’t too happy about it, later tweeting, “I deleted my April fools joke on IG BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE TO F**KING SENSITIVE & I don’t feel like fighting today.”