"There's always gonna be people offended. There's also people who don't take jokes very well," the self-proclaimed "prankster" says.
Justin Bieber is sorry he offended people with his April Fools' prank.
On Monday, the singer posted a stock image of a sonogram to his Instagram. As fans began flooding his page with skepticism and congratulations, wife Hailey Baldwin commented, "Very funny..." He followed that up with a series of photos showing Hailey at a doctor's office with her hand on her belly and her feet in stirrups. "If you thought it was April Fools'..." he captioned the post. JB eventually copped to the prank by sharing yet another image of a sonogram, this time, showing a puppy inside.
But many fans didn't find the humor in the joke. "I hope that you understand how cruel and insensitive your 'joke' is. I also pray that you are never part of the one in eight couples who experience the pain and heartache of infertility," one critic wrote. Another added, "That isn't funny at all! Pregnancy is not a joke to people who have lost babies. Very insensitive!"
On Tuesday, the self-proclaimed "prankster" said he had seen the error in his ways and apologized to his fans with a lengthy message he shared on Instagram.
"There's always gonna be people offended. There's also people who don't take jokes very well," he wrote. "I am a prankster, and it was APRIL FOOLS'. I didn't at all mean to be insensitive to people who can't have children."
"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," he continued. "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."
Bieber then likened the unintentional outcome of his prank to that of shoving birthday cake in his little sister's face. He expected her to laugh, "but she cried."
"You sometimes just don't know what will hurt someone's feelings," he said. "Not to compare pregnancy with cake in the face, but it's just to paint the picture of not knowing what will offend. Some might have laughed, but some were offended. I think with pranks, you sometimes have to roll that dice. #Prankster #DennisTheMenace #Sorry #Truly."
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Justin wasn't the only celebrity who thought to prank the world with a fake pregnancy announcement, though. Former "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Claudia Jordan did, too, which also garnered lots of criticism. Her response? "Apparently, I'm responsible for all the infertility in the entire world."
Former "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Brandi Glanville posted a sonogram photo as well, but she eventually deleted the post.