No disguise necessary! Justin Bieber was playing Pokémon Go near NYC’s Central Park, and everyone was too wrapped up in the crazy-popular game to recognize him.
In an Instagram video posted by his manager and pal Scooter Braun in the early hours of Monday, July 18, the pop superstar was seen running in a huge swarm of people in an attempt to catch a rare Pokémon. Players can be heard yelling about the Gyarados as dozens of people run down city blocks and in between cars to capture the creature.
The gamers were too busy chasing Pokémon to look up from their phones and see one of the most popular musicians in the world playing alongside them.
“This is amazing,” Braun captioned the clip. “@justinbieber and [music video director and Bieber pal] @alfredoflores in nyc looking for Pokemon and no one looks at who is next to them,” he wrote, adding several tears of joy emojis.
Braun’s video was reminiscent of another Central Park stampede that occurred on Thursday, July 14, when players spotted a super-rare Vaporeon in one of the fields. In the viral clip, massive crowds rush towards the Pokémon’s location, and some players even jump out of vehicles to get in on the action.
Bieber isn’t the only celeb to get hooked on the augmented reality app, which is based on the ‘90s Nintendo game. John Mayer spent $99.99 for 14,500 PokeCoins on July 10 and posted a screenshot of his purchase. Tyga was spotted ignoring his girlfriend, Kylie Jenner, while checking for Pokémon at the Budapest airport on July 12, and Nick Jonas tweeted about his tourmate Demi Lovato’s Pokémon Go obsession getting out of hand.
While the game has captivated the country and encouraged gamers to explore and exercise, there have also been plenty of bizarre and scary incidents stemming from the game. Numerous thieves have used the game’s location features to target unsuspecting players, several car crashes have occurred due to playing while driving, and one teen even discovered a dead body while searching for water Pokémon.