Justin Bieber Challenges "Prince of Pop" Shawn Mendes to Hockey Faceoff

April 8, 2019
Justin Bieber attends a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship

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Why is there beef between the world's two biggest male pop stars? Blame Canada! Us Weekly reports that on Sunday, Toronto-born Shawn Mendes Instagrammed his cover from the latest issue of The Observer, which dubbed him the "Prince of Pop." Fellow Ontario boy Bieber responded in a comment, "Hmm...gonna have to break a few more records to dethrone my title there, bud." The 25-year-old then added in his "Canadian voice," "But if you want, we can play hockey for it, but I heard you're a real bender on the ice. We could just drop the buckets and tilt for it." When several Mendes fans tried to call Bieber out, he replied, "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 [as> competitive as he is…so it was just a little playful jargon." The 20-year-old Mendes--who previously dated Bieber's wife, Hailey Baldwin--then wrote, "@justinbieber LOL any time any day you just let me know!!!!!!”

Thank you @obsmagazine x

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