Justin Bieber Denies Shawn Mendes Feud: “It Was Just A Playful Joke”

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The Observer named Shawn Mendes the Prince of Pop, and we already barely care. Name one person you know who’s ever read The Observer, I’ll wait. The former Prince of Pop (at least, in his own mind) Justin Bieber decided to make what they call in Canada “a joke,” and the teen idols’ fans had negative amounts of chill.

After heavily Googling what any of the hockey slang Justin used meant, we’ve decoded his original shade. Basically, after challenging his fellow Canadian to a hockey duel, the Biebs said he’s heard Shawn is terrible at skating, so he suggested they take off their helmets and just fight.

Shawn clearly understood Justin was kidding, probably because Shawn looks like he could bench press Justin with one hand. It’s pretty clear who would win in this fight. Justin hasn’t made music since 2015 and isn’t planning on starting again any time soon, so he can’t be too pressed about his legacy and being dethroned. Fans still took this a little too seriously, to the extent that Justin had to go back into Shawn’s comments to put out the fire.

Cosmopolitan reports that Justin wrote, “There is no competition and it was a playful joke people relax.. there’s no sides we’re all just here to make dope music. I’m just competitive as is he so it was just a little playful jargon.” Yeah, somehow we doubt Justin included “(canadian voice)” in there because he thought it made his threat that much more menacing.

Fans keep trying to make their faves fight, but Shawn and Justin have no bad blood between them. TBT to exactly a month ago when Shawn ‘liked’ a picture of his rumored-ex Hailey Baldwin (now Bieber) that JB posted to his account, and fans decided it had to be ~drama~ until Justin stepped in to comment “relax” because they’re “friends.” Why would Shawn liking Justin’s picture mean he was trying to move in on his ex? The reasoning there made even less sense than Justin’s grammar, but luckily our two teenage dreams are great at keeping it classy in public.

The dumbest part in all of this is that there can be more than one Prince of Pop. There can be more than one prince of *anything*, for that matter. Justin can be Prince William, Shawn is Prince Harry, and consider this my formal application to be Meghan Markle. All hail the future kings.