‘Zoo Animal’ Justin Bieber says no more pictures with fans

US artist wants to be recognised as human by his supporters

Justin Bieber has told fans he will no longer pose for photographs with them, arguing that it makes him feel like a “zoo animal”.

The popstar made the request on Instagram last night, posting a lengthy statement in which he claimed that fans were no longer treating him as a human and only wanted to see him pose for them.

“If you happen to see me out somewhere know that I’m not gonna take a picture I’m done taking pictures,” he wrote. “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 wanna be able to keep my sanity.”

Pre-empting a backlash from those who have bought his album or tickets to a gig, Bieber added that those purchases do not mean he owes fans anything else.

“I realize people will be disappointed but I don’t owe anybody a picture,” he added. “And people who say ‘but I bought ur album’ know that you got my album and you got what you payed for AN ALBUM! It doesn’t say in fine print whenever you see me you also get a photo.”

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Bieber also elaborated on the subject with this response to a fan

This anti-photo stance comes after Bieber stopped taking part in “depressing” meet-and-greet sessions with fans on his ‘Purpose’ world tour. Meanwhile he also added a face tattoo to his growing collection of ink over the weekend.

Justin Bieber’s world tour arrives in the UK in October. He will play in Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield and Glasgow after opening the tour with six nights at The O2 in London.

Justin Bieber will play:

London, The O2 (October 11-12, 14-15, 28-29)
Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena (October 17-18, 24)
Manchester, Arena (October 20-21, 23)
Sheffield, Arena (October 26)
Glasgow, The SSE Hydro (October 27, 29-30)