Justin Bieber Challenges Shawn Mendes Over 'Prince of Pop'

Who is the real Prince of Pop – Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber?

Last weekend, Mendes appeared on the cover of The Observer Magazine with the headline: “Prince of pop.”

When Mendes shared it on Instagram, Bieber commented: “Hmm ‘’ Gonna have to break a few more records to dethrone my title there bud (canadian voice)..but if you want we can play hockey for it but i heard your a real bender on the ice we could just drop the buckets and tilt for it.”

Mendes responded: “LOL any time any day you just let me know!!!!!!”

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Of course, not everyone realized Bieber was teasing, so he felt the need to clarify.

“There is no competition and it was a playful joke people relax,” he wrote. “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.”

Bieber, who is married to Mendes' friend Hailey Baldwin, has previously expressed support for his fellow Ontario artist. In 2015, Bieber posted about Mendes' single "Stitches" on Instagram: "Shawn I checked out the music and I’m so proud! So glad to see another boy from Canada crushin it. #canadiansdoitbetter."