Justin Bieber tried to celebrate April Fools Day on Monday.
But the singer just ended up looking like an offensive fool himself.
The artist messed up in a pretty major way.
In honor of the annual joke-based holiday that falls on April 1, the global superstar shared a sonogram photo on his Instagram page several hours ago.
He didn't include a caption with the snapshot, but the implication was clear:
He and Hailey Baldwin are expecting their first child!
How exciting, right? Especially in light of Bieber recently saying he was struggling and in need of prayers and looking for ways to turn his life around.
What better way to derive purpose than from being a father, you know?
Except it turns out this was all a misguided prank by Bieber, one he wasn't content to let go even after many on the Internet questioned the validity of the pregnancy claim.
Yes, even after Baldwin remarked "very funny" underneath the picture, Justin continued to hammer the pregnancy rumor home.
"If U thought it was April fools," he wrote as a caption to an image of Baldwin at the doctor (below), seemingly having her womb and impending baby checked.
The pop star did later confess the original sonogram was fake, adding another sonogram of a puppy and writing: “Wait omg is that a,,, APRIL FOOLS."
But the damage had already been done.
It's fine to joke about Donald Trump sleeping with Kim Kardashian.
Or Jenelle Evans losing her home because it sank into the ground.
Those are victimless references that are pretty clearly not serious from the moment you read the headline.
But one in four women have suffered the painful tragedy of a miscarriage.
Countless others have difficulty getting pregnant, spending thousands upon thousands of dollars on fertility treatments and still, very often, not having success.
In other words: This is an extremely sensitive and personal issue for so many families. It's really not a joking matter. At all.
And many social media users jumped all over Bieber for turning it into one.
“Can’t only be me who thinks it’s bloody disgusting that Justin and Hailey Bieber lied about being pregnant????” one Twitter user wrote, while another added:
“Every single year, someone does this prank [and] we call them out for being s–t, yet because it’s a huge celeb we’re just gonna let it slide [and] laugh????”
No. We're not. We're gonna call Justin out for it, too
Not only is it insensitive and inappropriate, it's simply unoriginal.
Just days before he made this terrible quip, Bieber actually opened up about his mental health struggles, earning sympathy from his legion of fans around the world.
“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,” he wrote on March 25, referencing a future child and adding of why he won't be touring any time soon:
“Music is very important to me but nothing comes before my family and my health.”
We still wish you a lot of luck, JB.
But be better in the future.