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It started, as so many feuds do, with Instagram.

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Justin Bieber posted a series of photos on Instagram with model Sofia Richie, his rumored girlfriend. Richie, 17, is the daughter of Lionel Richie.

The Beliebers however, were not happy. They are his fans, not hers. They began leaving mean comments and emoji on the photo and on her Instagram.

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Bieber himself was forced to step in. “I'm gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don't stop the hate this is getting out of hand,” he captioned a photo of the two of them. If you guys are really fans you wouldn't be so mean to people that I like.”

Richie, meanwhile, blocked comments on her Instagram.

But as Emily Dickinson once wrote: “Fame is a bee — It has a song — It has a sting.” Oh yes, the sting.

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Like the American colonies in 1776, the Bielebers did not like their leader telling them what was best. Since this is United States in 2016, they took to social media. #RIPBieber started trending.

Oh Justin. It's been an, um, interesting 2016 for the pop star. First, there was his (rumored) relationship with Hailey Baldwin. Then he was photographed nude on the beach in Hawaii with Sahara Ray. Oh and he got a face tattoo.

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Just remember the words of another Emily Dickinson poem, fame is a fickle food:

Fame is a fickle food
Upon a shifting plate
Whose table once a
Guest but not
The second time is set
Whose crumbs the crows inspect
And with ironic caw
Flap past it to the
Farmer’s corn
Men eat of it and die