The 25-year-old singer posted an ultrasound photo to his Instagram without comment, implying that his wife, Hailey Baldwin, was pregnant with his child. She quickly exposed the ruse by commenting “very funny…” on the image, which Bieber lazily copied from the Wikipedia entry for a sonogram.
It could have ended there, but he doubled down by posting pictures of Baldwin exposing her stomach to medical personnel with the caption “If U thought it was April fools.” Why he has a picture like that lying around we’re not entirely sure.
Finally, Bieber put everyone out of their misery with a third post, an image of an ultrasound with a puppy pasted over it for some reason, confirming what we already knew: “Wait omg is that a,,, APRIL FOOLS.”
Last month, in another Instagram post, Bieber posted earnestly about his real desire to be a dad.
“I have been looking, seeking, trial and error as most of us do,” he wrote. “I am now very focused on repairing some of the deep rooted issues that I have as most of us have, so that I don’t fall apart, so that I can sustain my marriage and be the father I want to be. Music is very important to me but Nothing comes before my family and my health.”
Bieber’s attempt at humor drew opprobrium online from those who felt the prank was insensitive to women with fertility issues.
We love a good laugh, but pregnancy is not an April Fools Joke. pic.twitter.com/6vHOw5HAeJ
— Main Line Fertility (@MLFertility) March 29, 2019
Justin Bieber lying about Hailey being pregnant is beyond disrespectful. 1 in 4 women suffer from infertility, miscarriages, still born babies. How fucking disrespectful, April fools or not, fake pregnancy announcements are fucking disgusting. Are we still doing this in 2019?
— kaitlyn (@sowrongitsjack) April 2, 2019
So to recap: Bieber posted an obvious ruse that his wife quickly confirmed was fake and instead of acknowledging it was a prank he remained painfully committed to the joke, which wasn’t funny in the first place not just because it’s offensive to a large, sympathetic segment of the population but also because it’s just a lazy joke. Yikes.