Last night, Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes took to social media, to announce the debut of their latest single, “Monster”. This is the first time that the two have collaborated on a song, and Mendes/Bieber fans went wild.
In 2015, when Mendes was first rising to stardom, Bieber was interviewed by the 95.5 radio station. During the interview, the host asked Bieber if he felt like he could relate to Mendes’ quick rise to stardom. Well, Bieber responded truthfully with the now-infamous meme of, “… who’s Shawn Mendes?”.
It was quite hilarious, and it didn’t take long for the interview to blow up on social media. At the time, Bieber would’ve never guessed that the two would be as close as they are now.
In fact, during a recent Instagram live, Bieber cleared up the interview response, swearing that “I really didn’t know.. like that was the first time I had ever heard your name”. They also revealed that they will be performing together at the 2020 AMA’s, at 8 PM EST.
In November of 2017, Mendes was reportedly seen showing PDA to Hailey Baldwin at Rita Ora’s EMA Awards afterparty. Although the two had never confirmed that they were officially an item, dating rumors first began when US Weekly caught the two holding hands at a Halloween Party. In May of 2018, Baldwin and Mendes attended the MET Gala together.
Then, in June of 2018, Bieber and Baldwin reconnected, and the rest is history. Social media began to stir up rumors that, due to the fact that Bieber and Mendes had a common ex, they ‘must have beef with one another’.
Thankfully, those rumors were shut down, when Mendes admitted that he was happy for the (at the time) newly engaged couple — Bieber and Baldwin. He stated that he had even sent Baldwin a congratulatory text message.
In 2019, Observer Magazine made Mendes the cover of their April edition, and crowned the artist with the title of, “prince of pop”.
Bieber hilariously replied to the post by commenting the following:
“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”.
The Mendes army viewed Bieber’s comment as “shade”, and began to attack the Canadian singer. However, Mendes himself saw the comment as playful banter, and graciously accepted Bieber’s challenge.
“LOL any time any day you just let me know!!!!!!”, Mendes responded.
These two Canadian artists remind me of a best-friend movie duo. They complement one another really well, and we’d love to see them double date, post-pandemic! Imagine Shawn and Camila, with Justin and Hailey? Umm, we may have never seen two pretty best friends, but these would be FOUR pretty best friends that we would love to see together.
Along with their latest single, Mendes and Bieber also released the music video for “Monster”. The music video showcased climbing to the top of a platform and standing up on a pedestal for everyone else to see. In an interview with Elton John, for the VMAN 45 magazine, John asked Mendes to open up about his collaboration with Bieber, and Mendes admitted the following:
“Justin and I have never really had a relationship together, and I had this song called “Monster” that I wrote a long time ago. It’s about how society wants to put celebrities up on a pedestal, but as much as they want to do that, they want to celebrate the fall. It was a time when I was really afraid of my industry and afraid of my craft and afraid of everything. I didn’t have control. Everyone else had control over me. I think it just ended up becoming a metaphor for a bigger thing; that we all put pressure on each other as humans to be great, to be perfect. I called Justin and said, “I have this song and it means a lot to me. If it means something seriously to you and you want to put something very real on it, please be a part of this with me.” And he did. Since then, we have become closer than ever. Sometimes I think that music comes along for a bigger reason, which, for me in this case is to create a song to inspire people, but to also create a friendship that was never there before.”
The fan response has also been extremely positive and authentic. The song is eye opening to people who never realized how hard being in the public eye can be.
One fan stated that, “this is deep. I guess they’ve been wanting to tell the people out there how they felt growing up struggling, but instead, they tried to become what society wanted them to be”.
“Monster” is currently set at #9 on the iTunes charts, and now has over 11 million views on their music video.
Although this is Bieber and Mendes’ first collaboration together, hopefully it won’t be their last!