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Shawn Mendes insists that he and Justin Bieber were ‘never enemies’

The pop culture sphere nearly imploded after Shawn Mendes collaborated with his longtime idol Justin Bieber on their hit track Monster.

And the singer-songwriter, 22, confirmed in a recent interview with GQ magazine that him and the 26-year-old hitmaker were ‘never enemies.’

‘Justin and I were never enemies. We were maybe not friends,’ admitted Mendes, who was subjected to a Q&A by the outlet earlier this week.

Friendly: Shawn Mendes confirmed in a recent interview with GQ magazine that him and the 26-year-old hitmaker were ‘never enemies’; Shawn and Justin pictured

‘texting [Justin] and being like, ‘Yo, how you doing today?,’ but we were never enemies, absolutely, and that’s kind of something that people maybe might’ve turned it into at some point.’

Despite having no beef with the fellow Canadian crooner, Shawn recalled a video he happened to see where the Baby singer claimed to have not known who he was.

‘He said he really genuinely didn’t know who I was, and I believed him. So whatever, maybe he did and he was trying to bug me either way,’ said the Stitched stinger to the outlet.

‘Justin and I were never enemies. We were maybe not friends. I was not texting [Justin] and being like, “Yo, how you doing today?,” but we were never enemies, absolutely, and that’s kind of something that people maybe might’ve turned it into at some point,’ he explained.  

No way! 'Justin and I were never enemies. We were maybe not friends,' admitted Mendes, who was subjected to a Q&A by the outlet earlier this week

No way! ‘Justin and I were never enemies. We were maybe not friends,’ admitted Mendes, who was subjected to a Q&A by the outlet earlier this week

‘We’ve known each other for a few years but for some reason during the pandemic we ended up becoming kind of closer than ever before.’

Shawn said he actually wrote Monster three years ago, but after discussing the song with Justin, he decided to get him involved, he said to The Project.

The Señorita singer said Justin ‘connected’ with the song, which made Shawn think it would be ‘really beautiful’ to have him sing on the track.

He said Justin ‘wrote an incredible verse’, which they included in the song, with the whole collaboration coming about organically.

In the works: Shawn said he actually wrote Monster three years ago, but after discussing the song with Justin, he decided to get him involved, he said to The Project

In the works: Shawn said he actually wrote Monster three years ago, but after discussing the song with Justin, he decided to get him involved, he said to The Project

Mutual experience: The song is about dealing with fame from an early age, something Shawn said he and Justin can both relate to

Mutual experience: The song is about dealing with fame from an early age, something Shawn said he and Justin can both relate to

The song is about dealing with fame from an early age, something Shawn said he and Justin can both relate to.

‘Both of us were famous at a young age and I think it’s interesting when people put you up on a pedestal because it messes with your head a bit,’ he added. 

‘We’ve known each other for a few years but for some reason during the pandemic we ended up becoming kind of closer than ever before,’ he explained.

Shawn said he actually wrote Monster three years ago, but after discussing the song with Justin, he decided to get him involved.

The Señorita singer said Justin ‘connected’ with the song, which made Shawn think it would be ‘really beautiful’ to have him sing on the track.

Candid: Last month, the pair shared a behind-the-scenes clips for the music video Monster, on YouTube

Candid: Last month, the pair shared a behind-the-scenes clips for the music video Monster, on YouTube

Last month, the pair shared a  behind-the-scenes clips for the music video Monster, on YouTube.

‘So, we are on the set of the Monster music video. We just wrapped and we are in a field,’ explained Justin to the camera as he and Mendes relaxed in a set of Director’s chairs.

The nearly three-minute video showed the fellow pop stars geeking out over their video’s faux forrest set, which was specifically ‘brought in’ and planted for Monster.

Mixed among clips of the pair shooting their individual scenes, Justin and Shawn discussed the ’emotional’ nature of the tune and its coinciding visual.

‘This song is really an emotionally deep rooted song. Both of us being put on a pedestal at a very, very young age and, you know, having these expectations for us to almost feel like we have to be perfect,’ Bieber explained as Mendes nodded in agreement.

Emo: 'This song is really an emotionally deep rooted song. Both of us being put on a pedestal at a very, very young age and, you know, having these expectations for us to almost feel like we have to be perfect,' Bieber explained as Mendes nodded in agreement

Emo: ‘This song is really an emotionally deep rooted song. Both of us being put on a pedestal at a very, very young age and, you know, having these expectations for us to almost feel like we have to be perfect,’ Bieber explained as Mendes nodded in agreement


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