More than a few outlets keep asking about a rumored feud between two popular Canadian singers. It’s being asked again and again if Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes are friends. While both are loved for their talents and looks, it wouldn’t be far-fetched if the two weren’t exactly fond of each other. Throughout the years, there have been plenty of “beefs” in the music industry, due to either publicity stunts are artists just not liking each other. While Mendes is still fairly new to the scene, Justin Bieber has been around for some time, as he began his career at the age of 13 after being discovered in 2008. Since then, Bieber has gone on to sell over 105 million records worldwide and is one the world’s best selling artists.
Shawn Mendes was discovered in 2013 after posting videos of his talents on Vine. Mendes was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time in 2018 after having four pop singles in the number 1 spot on the Billboard charts. Mendes was the only person to do this before the age of 20 — and it might be the reason so many are unsure of the relationship between the two. So what's the deal between these two pop singers?
The roots of the Canadian conundrum
It seems that the drama first started because of Mendes' friendship with Hailey Baldwin. For those who don’t recall, Mendes was briefly linked to Baldwin, who is now married to Bieber. Mendes was seen helping the model at the Met Gala in May 2018, leading to speculations that the two were dating. Two months after this, Bieber and Baldwin announced their engagement. Mendes revealed that he sent a text to the model, wishing her well on her impending nuptials.
In June 2018, Mendes continued to speak highly of Bieber and Baldwin and even spoke on how he felt about being compared to Bieber. "I love them both. They’re both really awesome people. When I first started out, everybody was like, 'Oh, how do you feel about being compared to Justin?' I was like, 'What do you mean, how do I feel?' That’s the best thing anyone could say to me. He’s the man,” Mendes stated.
As of now, there aren't any new developments or drama, and the two seem to still be on good terms. Regardless of which is the Prince of Pop, it's impossible to argue with either's success. That being said, we'll be chirping in the stands if these two grinders ever do take to the ice!