- Shawn Mendes was just named the Prince of Pop by Observer Magazine and Justin Bieber doesn’t seem here for it.
- Bieber hit Instagram and claimed Shawn has to break more records to dethrone his title, later clarifying that he was just joking.
Happy news for your imaginary boyfriend Shawn Mendes: He was just dubbed the Prince of Pop by Observer Magazine. Cool, much wow, such good! But the problem? Justin Bieber is already the reigning Prince of Pop, and he slid on over to Shawn’s Instagram to make that all kinds of clear by starting a friendly rivalry.
“Hmm gonna have to break a few more records to dethrone my title there bud (Canadian voice),” Justin wrote. “But if you want, we can play hockey for it, but I heard your [sic] a real bender on the ice we could just drop the buckets and tilt for it.”
As you might expect, everyone congregated in the comments to collectively flip out over Bieber starting ~beef~ with Shawn—who, reminder, is Hailey Baldwin’s ex-boyfriend. And while there’s definitely a whiff of drama, Justin seems like he’s just making a good-natured joke, right?
Either way, fans got so stressed by the thought of this feud that Justin had to hop back into Shawn’s comments (wow, embarrassing) to explain himself, writing, “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.”
Meanwhile, Shawn chimed in super chill and was all “LOL any time any day you just let me know,” so I’m thinking this is a “Drama, what drama?” situation.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.