Justin Bieber apologises for ‘insensitive’ April Fools’ Day pregnancy prank

Justin Bieber has apologised for an "insensitive" April Fools' Day joke claiming that wife Hailey Baldwin was pregnant.

The pop star tricked fans into thinking he was about to become a father by sharing an ultrasound with his 107 million Instagram followers.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen with a very public embrace during a walk in London's Hyde Park on September 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mark R. Milan/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are seen on October 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG005/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber are seen on October 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG015/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 04: Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber are seen on October 04, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG015/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen out for dinner at Zuma on September 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen at the London Eye on September 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin visiting the London Eye on September 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin visiting the London Eye on September 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen with a very public embrace during a walk in London's Hyde Park on September 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mark R. Milan/GC Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 17: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen at St James park on September 17, 2018 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Eagle Lee / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read PALACE LEE / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 17: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen at St James park on September 17, 2018 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Eagle Lee / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read PALACE LEE / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 17: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen out and about on September 17, 2018 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Eagle Lee / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read PALACE LEE / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen on the streets of Manhattan on September 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen on the streets of Brooklyn on September 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen on the streets of Brooklyn on September 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are seen on September 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Hailey Baldwin (L) and Justin Bieber attend the John Elliott front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are seen on the street attending John Elliott during New York Fashion Week SS19 on September 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Sperzel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Hailey Baldwin (L) and Justin Bieber attend the John Elliott front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are seen on August 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are seen on August 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 13: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are seen walking on August 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin seen on the streets of Manhattan on August 08, 2018 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin seen on the streets of Manhattan on August 08, 2018 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin seen on the streets of Manhattan on August 08, 2018 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen out and about in Manhattan on August 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen out and about in Manhattan on August 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin visit Honeybrains on Lafayette Street on August 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Hailey Baldwin helps Justin Bieber with his haircut at Cutler Salon on August 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber seen on the streets of Midtown Manhattan on August 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber seen on the streets of Midtown Manhattan on August 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin visit Frankel's Delicatessen in Brooklyn on July 30, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin visit Frankel's Delicatessen in Brooklyn on July 30, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin (L) visit Frankel's Delicatessen in Brooklyn on July 30, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
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Bieber, 25, also posted pictures of his 22-year-old wife undergoing a medical exam, further fuelling the idea she was pregnant.

If U thought it was April fools

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He later came clean and admitted it was a hoax but was criticised by social media users claiming women who struggle to conceive could find the joke hurtful.

Bieber issued a lengthy message on Tuesday, apologising but saying "With pranks u sometimes have to roll that dice".

He said: "There's always gonna be people offended, there's also people who don't take jokes very well, 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."

There's always gonna be people offended, there's also people who don't take jokes very well, 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. 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.. it's like when I shoved cake in my little sisters face for her birthday expecting her to laugh but she cried. You sometimes just don't know what will hurt someone's feelings 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 u sometimes have to roll that dice. #prankster #dennisthemenace #sorry #truly

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Bieber said many people he knows use the pregnancy joke on April Fools' but "I will apologise anyway and take responsibility and say sorry to people who were offended".

He added: "I truly don't want anyone to be hurt by a prank.. it's like when I shoved cake in my little sisters face for her birthday expecting her to laugh but she cried.

"You sometimes just don't know what will hurt someone's feelings 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 u sometimes have to roll that dice. #prankster #dennisthemenace #sorry#truly."

So I read a lot of messages saying you want an album .. I've toured my whole teenage life, and early 20s, I realized and as you guys probably saw I was unhappy last tour and I don't deserve that and you don't deserve that, you pay money to come and have a lively energetic fun light concert and I was unable emotionally to give you that near the end of the tour. I have been looking, seeking, trial and error as most of us do, 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. Music is very important to me but Nothing comes before my family and my health. I will come with a kick ass album ASAP, my swag is undeniable and my drive is indescribable his love is supernatural his grace is that reliable.... the top is where I reside period whether I make music or not the king said so. 👑 but I will come with a vengeance believe that.. (grammar and punctuation will be terrible pretend it's a text where u just don't care).

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Canadian Bieber first caught the eye singing on YouTube before becoming one of the world's biggest pop stars thanks to hits including Baby, Sorry and Love Yourself.

He first sparked pregnancy rumours last month when he wrote on Instagram that he was "focused on repairing some very deep rooted issues" so he could become "the father I want to be".

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