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Justin Bieber Disses Fellow Canadian Shawn Mendes: ‘I Don’t Know Him’ — Awkward

Wed, September 16, 2015 9:37am EDT by 20 Comments

Say WHAT?! With his song ‘Stitches’ blowing up the radio and a spot opening for Taylor Swift on tour, we assumed just about EVERYONE has heard of Shawn Mendes these days. Not Justin Bieber, though — in a new interview, the singer awkwardly admits he has NO idea who the pop sensation is!

Justin Bieber, 21, has been working SO hard on his new album, he clearly hasn’t had time to keep up with what other music is out there these days! In a new interview, the Biebs is asked about what advice he would give to someone like up-and-comer Shawn Mendes, and had to reveal on-air that he has NO idea who the singer is. Whoops! To hear more about Justin Bieber, head over to iTunes and download the latest HollywoodLife podcast for free!

When Ralphie Aversa of Ralphie Tonight on 95.5 PLJ asks Justin about the “Stitches” singer, the 21-year-old awkwardly looks toward someone standing to his side before unsurely responding, “Who’s Shawn Mendes?” The radio show host goes onto explain what we already know — Shawn is a 17-year-old who has a hit song and is from southern Ontario just like Justin. “No, I don’t know him,” the “What Do You Mean?” singer admits.

At the end of the clip, though, Justin promises to check out the rising star, and it turns out, he followed through! Just one day after the interview aired, he was already following Shawn on Twitter! And Shawn doesn’t seem to have too many hard feelings about what went down, because when a London radio station brought it up to him during an interview on Sept. 16, he had a great response: “We’ll have to let him know!”

We wouldn’t be surprised if Justin was really feeling the pressure to hit the ‘Follow’ button, though — because Shawn’s fans went crazy on Twitter when they caught wind of news of this diss. Check out some of their tweets:

It’s too bad Justin’s Nov. 13 album is mostly done…we would’ve loved to see a collaboration between these two on there! HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Justin not knowing who Shawn is?

— Alyssa Norwin