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So this is why Justin Bieber stared blankly at that fans who chased him down on a busy street at rush hour Tuesday.

The pop idol, in town for two concerts at the TD Garden, has issued a brief manifesto on his Instagram account telling fans he’s “done taking pictures.”

“It has gotten to the point that people won’t even say hi to me or recognize me as a human, I feel like a zoo animal, and I wanna be able to keep my sanity,” Bieber wrote in a post before his Tuesday night show.

This came little over an hour after dozens of true Beliebers, who had camped outside the Four Seasons Hotel for hours hoping to catch sight of the singer, chased his motorcade to a stoplight at the intersection of Boylston and Charles streets.

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A small throng made it to the long black SUV where Bieber waited, smartphones at the ready. Bieber rolled down the window and stared blankly at his fans sort of like a, well, zoo animal.

Then the window closed and the Biebermobile sped off.

Bieber’s Instagram post chided fans who demand pictures, telling them that buying his albums doesn’t mean “whenever you see me you also get a photo.”

Though reaction to his post, which generated more than 5,000 comments, was mixed, Bieber joins a long line of celebrities who refuse to have their pictures taken with fans.

And for the fans who screamed and doubled over with joy at having had a glimpse of the star, his refusal to come out and greet them didn’t seem to matter much.

“It was enough to just see him,” breathed one fan, before punching up his friends on his cellphone to boast of his coup.


David Filipov can be reached at David.Filipov@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidfilipov.

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