Justin Bieber is over the throwback photos.
In messages shared to his Instagram Stories on Aug. 4., the 27-year-old singer expressed dissatisfaction with the media for using his older pictures, including one from the 2020 Seasons red carpet premiere. Alongside the recently published photo of himself donning longer blonde hair underneath a black hat and sporting a mustache, he wrote, "I'm still in shock we are still using those photos of me, I'm telling [you], media wants to pick bad photos of me to make it look like I'm not okay."
In a follow-up post, the "Peaches" vocalist shared a collage that included four different photos of himself—but highlighted the first (in which is also an older photo of himself with a mustache) using a finger-pointing emoji.
"There have been countless photo and oppertunities [sic] for media to pick up other photos," he wrote. "But they still run with this one to make me look sick and unwell, it's not right."
Justin previously pleaded with the media to stop sharing certain photos of him in November. "I don't know what the algorithm is for why certain photos come up," he said in an Instagram Story at the time, "But this is so frustrating considering that I took a lot of time to get healthy and I feel as though people try to legitimately sabotage me."
"This was a time where I was really unhealthy," he continued. "I was battling Lyme disease, right? All of the top photos are me looking disheveled, right? I was obviously going through a tough time, but it's like, these are the photos that the media tries to run with."
The "Baby" artist noted it was frustrating and hoped the media would run new photos. "I've done a lot of photo shoots since then and yeah, they don't have to put these photos, but they do," he said. "I don't know why. I mean, look at my skin now. There are so many photos they can choose."