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They were once the darlings in pop culture circles, but now Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are heating up in a different way.
The exes got into a war of words on Instagram after Justin threatened to change his account to private after fans started hating on his rumoured girlfriend Sofia Richie.
Selena, 24, chided Justin, 22, for even suggesting such a drastic action and dropped a pearl of wisdom his way, borrowing from that old saying that if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen.
Justin's fandom was then bowing to Selena's philosophical approach.
'Selena is very intelligent,' wrote a fan and apparent Bielieber on the fence.
'Justin fans are like customers into a store and the store is you.'
Justin came back with his own tart response - which a fan re-posted - insinuating that the Come and Get It star 'used me for attention.'
'It's funny to see people that used me for attention and still try to point the finger this way. Sad. All love,' Justin later wrote.
He followed that up by writing: 'I'm not one for anyone receiving hate. Hope u all can be kind to my friends and eachother. And yes I love my beliebers (sic).'
Selena then took what appeared to be another swipe at Justin's attitude towards his fans as she posted a photo collage with her biggest supporters.
'My whole life,' she captioned the fan collage.
'You matter most. Thank you letting me do what I love every day.
The beef started after The What Do You Mean? hitmaker posted a series of black and white photos of him and Sofia, 22, while riding in the back seat of a chauffeured car.
|JUSTIN AND SOFIA|
The two - who have been keeping close company in Japan during his Purpose World Tour - were seen making a bunch of silly faces for the camera.
One image showed Sofia with her hand in the shape of a gun pointed to Justin's temple as he gave the lens a larconic grin.