Justin Bieber wants the media to stop using photos of him when he was ill.
On Thursday (November 19), the pop superstar, 26, took to Instagram Story to detail what happens when you Google his name, prompting shots of him on the red carpet premiere of his YouTube documentary, Seasons. "I don’t know what the algorithm is for why certain photos come up, but this is so frustrating considering that I took a lot of time to get healthy and I feel as though people try to legitimately sabotage me," he says in the video. "This was a time where I was really unhealthy. I was battling Lyme disease, right? All of the top photos are me looking disheveled, right? I was obviously going through a tough time, but it’s like, these are the photos that the media tries to run with."
Bieber went on to wonder if it's done on purpose, despite it being his last official red carpet appearance. "There are so many new photos that I’ve serviced to the media and they continue to use these photos. So it’s like, 'What’s the deal?' I don’t know," he continued. "It's frustrating me. I wish they would change it. I’ve asked them to change it. I’ve done a lot of photoshoots since then and yeah, they don’t have to put these photos, but they do. I don’t know why. I mean, look at my skin now. There are so many photos they can choose."
Bieber came forward with his Lyme disease diagnosis in January 2020. In a since-deleted post on Instagram, the chart-topper hit back at the critics going at it over his appearance. "While a lot of people kept saying justin Bieber looks like sh*t, on meth etc. they failed to realize I've been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease, not only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my, skin, brain function, energy, and overall health," he wrote. "These things will be explained further in a docu series I'm putting on YouTube shortly.. you can learn all that I've been battling and OVERCOMING!!"
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