Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin
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It turns out that Justin and Hailey Bieber will not be having a baby after all. Bieber posted a few pictures of what appeared to be Baldwin in a doctor's office and an ultrasound to his Instagram on April 1. When his follow-up post said the whole thing was a joke, some people were deeply offended. 

Pregnancy can be difficult on a lot of people, and issues like infertility are very common in the US. Some — like reality star Malin Andersson, who just lost a baby herself — felt his joke was very insensitive. Bieber later wrote a lengthy post on Instagram to defend himself

Justin and Hailey Bieber played a not-so-silly prank on April Fools' Day.

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Justin decided to take his prank straight to Instagram. He posted an ultrasound picture and a few snaps of what looked like Hailey at a doctor's office so people would believe they were having a baby together. 

Yeah, it was April Fools', so not everyone believed them at first, but they did actively try to make the gag look convincing. Once fans found out it was all a "joke," they were pretty upset. 

Justin posted an ultrasound yesterday afternoon. 

Justin's comments were full of various people, including celebrities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ludacris, congratulating him. He posted this ultrasound to his Instagram without a caption, leaving people to speculate. Some people like Ellen DeGeneres and Kris Jenner questioned Justin, thanks to April Fools' Day, but not many people outright accused him of joking. 

To further everyone's speculations, he posted a photo of Hailey in what looked like a doctor's office.

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If U thought it was April fools

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In the photo, Hailey is seen looking down at her exposed tummy while someone with gloves and a lab coat sits at her bedside. The post was even captioned, "If U thought it was April fools."

Something about the whole thing just seemed ... off. 

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Sometimes you just know things aren't what they seem. These posts really didn't add up. If you look at the ultrasound shot, for example, it looks like a full-grown baby. When people first find out they're pregnant, their babies don't look that developed in the womb. But Hailey still had a flat tummy.

And the ultrasound picture Justin posted is easily traceable.

The ultrasound picture Justin Bieber used in his prank
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All you have to do is google "ultrasound," and the picture that Justin used is the second search result. It's the image Wikipedia uses on its ultrasound page. Clearly the couple didn't put much effort into making the pregnancy believable because they thought is was a harmless prank. People have been speculating that Hailey is legitimately pregnant for a while now — maybe the Biebers ideated the prank because so many people are invested in their potential offspring.

Hailey commented on the ultrasound picture, and that may have made it more believable. 

Hailey commented on the ultrasound: "Very funny." To many, that looks like she's saying the whole thing is a joke, but it may have added more fuel to the fire. Those pictures of her in what looks like a doctor's office were posted after the ultrasound pictures, so if the whole thing is a joke, she would have to be in on it the whole time. She didn't confirm or deny anything. 

Later that evening, Justin revealed it was all a joke. 

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Wait omg is that a,,, APRIL FOOLS

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He followed all of that up with a very Photoshopped dog ultrasound. He captioned this one with, "Wait omg is that a... APRIL FOOLS," which upset a lot of people. Jokes about pregnancy can be insensitive to those who can't get pregnant or who have miscarried. A lot of people called the couple out on social media. 

Pregnancy and infertility can be a difficult topic for a lot of people. 

The Office on Women's Heath says that about 10% of women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the US have issues getting pregnant and staying pregnant. This equals over 6 million people. It even goes so far as to call infertility a "common" problem and that men can also have issues with fertility. 

Miscarriages can be included in that category. The Mayo Clinic states that about 10–20% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage, but that number might be even higher because some people miscarry and never even realize they're pregnant. 

Reality star Malin Andersson called the pop singer's joke "vile." 

Andersson starred on the reality show Love Island in 2016. She wasn't happy when she found out that Justin's post was a prank. She told The Sun, “It’s insensitive, disgusting, and can be a trigger for anyone that’s infertile, can’t conceive, have had miscarriages or lost a baby.”

Andersson just lost a child herself. She gave birth to a daughter prematurely just before Christmas. However, on January 23, it was revealed that the baby had died. Andersson said, "Considering he has such a big following, that is pretty vile."

But, of course, Justin's fans are coming to his defense.

This person sees the Biebers' prank as a way for them to get back at the media. They note that tabloids frequently claim that the couple only got married because Hailey is pregnant. According to this fan, he "played a harmless prank on the day you are supposed to pull pranks" because he knew the media would be all over the story. 

Justin is now defending himself on Instagram, too.

He posted a screenshot of a Fox News article about the controversy his April Fools' prank caused. The post has a lengthy caption that reads in part, "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." Read the caption in full below: 

"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."