It's obvious why we like to poke a little fun at celebrities whining about their fame on social media: When you're surrounded by people who adore you and have enough money to cover every inch of your gigantic villa with wallpaper made out of dollar bills, what exactly are you complaining about?
Turns out, money might not actually buy everything. And the fact that any John Smith can now find himself a camera worthy of a NASA lab twenty years ago, to then build a following on social media with amateur paparazzi pictures, is making it a bit hard for celebrities to retain any sense of a private space.
Public Fame Victim #1 is Justin Bieber, who at 22 years old has already garnered a cult around him that would make any shepherd jealous. Because of said cult, it's really starting to look like the All-Canadian Reject is about to pull a 2007 Britney on us, and we're nothing if a little worried.
'I Don't Feel Like I'm Being Heard Sometimes'
At a concert in Birmingham this week, the singer didn't even wait to be off the stage to complain about his fans' trademark shrieking, almost begging them to stop just for one moment.
"Take a chill pill for a second and just listen to me speak. I don't feel like I'm being heard sometimes and it gets a little frustrating. So if when I'm speaking you guys could not scream at the top of your lungs, is that cool with you guys?"
Unsurprisingly, even the Biebs himself asking for silence wasn't enough to get an entire crowd of obsessed teenagers to shut up. And it's not the first time he was just fed up with the entire star system: Based on these recent occurrences, it seems like all the "Baby" crooner could use right now is a long and distant vacation.
1. When His Fans' Spiritual Energy Was Just Too Much
2016 has been a tough year for Bieber, who cancelled all his fan meet-and-greets during his "Purpose" tour — even though most of them shelled out thousands of dollars for the brief encounter. Part of his explanation on his Instagram (which he later entirely deleted) read:
"The pressure of meeting people's expectations of what I'm supposed to be is so much for me to handle and a lot on my shoulders."
People's expectations must be especially high indeed when it just cost them a few months of rent to meet you.
- Justin Bieber Is Canceling His Fan Meet & Greets Because Your 'Spiritual Energy' Is Making Him 'Depressed'
2. When He Swore Never To Take Pictures With Strangers Again
Meeting strangers doesn't just creep him out after a concert — it's actually worse if you just run up to him on the street, so please refrain from making him feel like a zoo animal. He's just a tiger dreaming of being wild and free:
"If you happen to see me out somewhere know that I'm not gonna take a picture I'm done taking pictures. It has gotten to the point that people won't even say hi to me or recognize me as a human, I feel like a zoo animal, and I wanna be able to keep my sanity."
3. When He Was Just Done With Award Shows
After the BBMAs in May, Baby Biebs realized fans weren't the only crazy ones drawing him into their web of insanity: Famous people too can be vain. What an epiphany:
"But these award shows seem so hollow. I get the premise is to award people for their accomplishments, but is it really? Because when I look in the audience I see a bunch of fake smiles so that when the camera hits them they look happy."
Here's a hint, JB: When you start questioning the authenticity of everyone around you, the meaning of life and the true definition of happiness, it's time to go home.
4. When He Deleted His Entire Instagram
In some kind of attempt to see if he could reach a higher level on the 2016 drama-o-meter than TayTay and her nemesis named after a cardinal point, Mr. B deleted his entire Instagram page in a grand gesture of exasperation. To put it bluntly, he'd shared a picture of Sofia Richie, his then-supposed girlfriend, which wasn't met with too much joy by the Beliebers who pray every night for Jelena to happen once more.
Upset with the negative reaction, he threatened to just leave Instagram altogether — and he did, although not before he and Selena exchanged a few bitter comments and cheating accusations that obviously didn't go unnoticed.
I don't know you, little B-ber, but I would say it's about damn time to listen to your fellow singer T-swift and promise the world a long break from the intensity of your presence. If you want people to listen to you speak, it might help to remember that silence can speak a thousand words.
What would you tell Justin Bieber if you met him?