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Justin Bieber deletes Instagram account

Justin Bieber deletes Instagram account

Justin Bieber has deleted his Instagram account.

The 22-year-old singer's fans - known as Beliebers - have been left devastated after the star axed his social media account just hours after threatening to make it private if supporters didn't stop trolling his reported new girlfriend Sofia Richie, 17.

After warning his fans, he set his account to private before restoring it to the public setting so supporters could see his pictures again but he then removed it completely.

When fans try to access his Instagram - which had 77.8 million followers on - a message now pops up reading: "Sorry, this page isn't available.

"The link you followed may be broken, or the page may have been removed. Go back to Instagram."

Following Justin's threat to set his account to private if fans didn't stop hitting out at Sofia, his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez weighed in on the drama.

She wrote: "If you can't handle the hate then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol - it should be special between you two only. Don't be mad at your fans. They love you (sic)."

An unhappy Justin replied: "It's funny to see people that used me for attention and still try to point the finger this way. Sad. All love. I'm not one for anyone receiving hate. Hope u all can be kind to my friends and each other. And yes I love my beliebers (sic)."

Selena then accused Justin of cheating during their on/off relationship, and he reportedly replied: "I cheated...Oh and I forgot about you and Zayn (sic)," which is believed to refer to former One Direction singer Zayn Malik.

Speaking about Zayn - who is currently romancing Gigi Hadid - Selena has previously said: "If he had asked me out on a date, I would be seen with him. Just kidding, but not kidding."