Justin Bieber threatens to make his Instagram account private in a bid to protect 'girlfriend' Sofia Richie... as they are seen holding hands in Tokyo

He wrote: 'I'm gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don't stop the hate this is getting out of hand, if you guys are really fans you wouldn't be so mean to people that I like.'

Justin Bieber has threatened to privatize his social media if his followers persist in 'hating' his rumoured girlfriend Sofia Richie. 

The duo have seldom been seen apart in recent weeks and after an Instagram spree, the Sorry hitmaker urged his fans to stop being unkind, shortly before the duo hit the shops in Tokyo on Sunday.

The 22-year-old pop star walked hand in hand with the daughter of Lionel Richie, 17, as she proved her model credentials by sporting an over-sized cardigan adorned with bold colours.

New love? Justin Bieber has threatened to privatize his social media if his followers persist in 'hating' his rumoured girlfriend Sofia Richie

Bieber posted this message to his fans in a bid to stop their hateful messages

Justin sent the message to 77.6million Instragram followers in which he blasted fans for criticising the model's appearance on the site. 

He wrote: 'I'm gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don't stop the hate this is getting out of hand, if you guys are really fans you wouldn't be so mean to people that I like.' 

Stop the hate! The duo have seldom been seen apart in recent weeks and after an Instagram spree, the Sorry hitmaker urged his fans to stop being unkind, shortly before the duo hit the shops in Tokyo on Sunday

Following his upset outburst, the duo were seen in Tokyo where they oozed casual cool as they hit the stores for a spot of window shopping while enjoying the sites during Justin's work trip.

While there has been no confirmation of a romance between the pair, they have been seen together on a number of occasions and Sunday's outing saw the duo walk hand in hand as they paraded through the mall. 

Up close: The 22-year-old pop star walked hand in hand with the daughter of Lionel Richie, 17, as she proved her model credentials by sporting an over-sized cardigan adorned with bold colours

Justin meanwhile could not contain a sneaky smile as he showed off his usual brand of edgy cool in a bomber jacket paired with loose acid wash shorts and box-fresh white trainers.

Just one day before, the young duo shared a series of black-and-white images while goofing around in the backseat of a car during their travels in Japan on Saturday.

Sofia sported her favoured tinted glasses, a sporty jacket, and has her hair slicked back into a ponytail in the images while rocking gothic black nail polish and a few silver bracelets.

The model at one point playfully aims her fingers directly at Justin's head.

Justin kept it comfortable for their journey in a black sweatshirt and top, while adding in silver-tint sunglasses as he gave the camera a very goofy smile.

Justin is currently visiting Japan ahead of two concerts at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba on August 13 and 14 as part of his mammoth Purpose world tour.

Sofia and Justin have been joined at the hip over recent weeks, sparking rumours of a rapidly developing romance

Following his trip to the Far East the singer will take in shows across mainland Europe, Scotland and England - where the tour is expected to end with a final show at London's O2 Arena on November 29.

Bieber and Sofia previously spent time together in California after the singer was joined by a number of beautiful models while renting out a $4,000-a-night mansion in Hawaii last week.

There, the Sorry singer went skinny dipping with Australian model Sahara Ray, initially rumored to be his new girlfriend, before returning to Los Angeles and catching up with Sofia and friends. 

Source: Dailymail.co.uk

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