Justin Bieber apologizes for April Fools' Day pregnancy prank gone wrong

Justin Bieber is hoping it’s not too late to say sorry for an April Fools’ Day prank about him expecting a baby (baby, baby, oh my god please don’t be real) with wife Hailey Baldwin. 

The “Purpose” singer made the hearts of Beliebers everywhere stop on Monday after posting a series of photos on Instagram, indicating that he was set to become a father at 25 years old and mere months into his marriage to the model. 

He first shared a photo of an ultrasound without a caption that some people quickly detected was somewhat lazily lifted from Google ― the photo is the second image that appears on the search engine for ultrasound. 

Baldwin even weighed in on the photo, adding “very funny” in the comments section, which seemed to confirm that Bieber was indeed pranking the internet. 

But a follow-up post on his account featuring multiple photos of the “Drop The Mic” host touching her stomach in what looks like a medical facility fueled growing suspicions the couple might actually be expecting. 

“If U thought it was April fools,” Bieber captioned the photo. 

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If U thought it was April fools

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Alas, Bieber eventually revealed the photos were all a ruse and later shared the same initial photo of the ultrasound, except this time with a photoshopped puppy at the center. 

“Wait omg is that a,,, APRIL FOOLS,” he wrote.

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Wait omg is that a,,, APRIL FOOLS

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The pop star was clearly trying to tap into the spirit of April Fools’ Day, but his jokes sparked criticism from followers who were quick to note that the prank isn’t exactly hilarious to people struggling to become parents. 

“PREGNANCY IS NOT A JOKE! There are MILLIONS of couples who are struggling with infertility and would do anything to have a child,” one person wrote on social media. 

“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,” another Twitter user said. 

“I’ve never been mad at @justinbieber but today I’m disappointed in him for posting a fake pregnancy announcement,” another fan wrote. “Honestly, not a funny joke when millions of women are struggling with infertility and other issues of the sort. Sad, @justinbieber.”

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: Justin Bieber (L) and Hailey Bieber out and about on February 17, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are seen on October 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG005/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are seen on October 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG005/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber are seen on October 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG015/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 04: Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber are seen on October 04, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG015/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen with a very public embrace during a walk in London's Hyde Park on September 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mark R. Milan/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen with a very public embrace during a walk in London's Hyde Park on September 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mark R. Milan/GC Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 17: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen at St James park on September 17, 2018 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Eagle Lee / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read PALACE LEE / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin go to Starbucks on September 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin go to Starbucks on September 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen on the streets of Brooklyn on September 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen on the streets of Brooklyn on September 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are seen on the street attending John Elliott during New York Fashion Week SS19 on September 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Sperzel/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are seen on August 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 13: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are seen walking on August 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen out and about in Manhattan on August 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber visit Cutler hair salon in SoHo on August 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Hailey Baldwin helps Justin Bieber with his haircut at Cutler Salon on August 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen at the London Eye on September 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil M/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen on the streets of Brooklyn on September 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast, listen plain and simple Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you! So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make. My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first! You are the love of my life Hailey Baldwin and I wouldn’t want to spend it with anybody else. You make me so much better and we compliment eachother so well!! Can’t wait for the best season of life yet!. It’s funny because now with you everything seems to make sense! The thing I am most excited for is that my little brother and sister get to see another healthy stable marriage and look for the same!!! Gods timing really is literally perfect, we got engaged on the seventh day of the seventh month, the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection, it’s true GOOGLE IT! Isn’t that nuts? By the way I didn’t plan that, anyways My goodness does feel good to have our future secured! WERE GONNA BE BETTER AT 70 BABY HERE WE GO! “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains FAVOR from the Lord!” This is the year of favor!!!!
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen on the streets of Manhattan on September 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen on the streets of Brooklyn on September 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber seen on the streets of Midtown Manhattan on August 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin visit Frankel's Delicatessen in Brooklyn on July 30, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber seen on the streets of Midtown Manhattan on August 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin (L) visit Frankel's Delicatessen in Brooklyn on July 30, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29: Justin Bieber (L) and Hailey Baldwin are seen arriving at the Hillsong Church in Midtown on July 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29: Justin Bieber (L) and Hailey Baldwin are seen arriving at the Hillsong Church in Midtown on July 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29: Justin Bieber (L) and Hailey Baldwin are seen arriving at the Hillsong Church in Midtown on July 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen on the streets of Brooklyn on September 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 27: Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber seen on the streets of Manhattan on July 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 12: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are seen heading to dinner in Dumbo on July 12, 2018 in New York, New York. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 12: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are seen in Brooklyn on July 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 23: Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber are seen in Los Angeles on April 23, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 05: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin out and about in Dumbo on July 5, 2018. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 05: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are seen on July 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 05: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin out and about in Dumbo on July 5, 2018. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 07: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are seen on October 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by JMA/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 07: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are seen on October 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by JMA/Star Max/GC Images)
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Bieber in an Instagram post on Tuesday offered an apology of a sort, saying that he “didn’t at all mean to be insensitive to people who can’t have children.” 

“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,” he wrote alongside a screenshot of a Fox News story about the backlash. “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.”

He then somewhat jarringly likened his pregnancy posts to another prank gone awry  ― a time when he “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,” he continued.

Other celebrities have posted pregnancy pranks on April Fools’ Day, with “Bachelor” alums Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham facing similar backlash last year for joking that they were expecting their first child.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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