Oh Justin Bieber, he's done it again and given us all something to talk about thanks to one Instagram post. And this time it has to do with Shawn Mendes. They have a bit of an interesting friendship if you will and what the Biebs did this time is equal parts hilarious and just JB being JB. The "Sorry" singer took to Instagram to share a photo of Shawn, that he 100% took a screenshot of from the "Mercy" singer's IG feed, and wrote "What a LEGEND" in the caption. V sweet of Justin. But then he tagged @shawmendez.
And as we know, that's not Shawn's name or his Instagram handle. Yikes, a bit embarrassing! But that didn't stop Shawn from liking the pic, since it is pretty cool that the Biebs gave him a shout out. Naturally though, Twitter had some fun with the slip-up and the fans came up with some clever tweets. Can always count on them to bring the laughs.
— ilayda ♛ (@hisflatlline) August 15, 2017
— Claire (@Clairiebelieber) August 15, 2017
The Twitterverse is forever the best. Justin did eventually correct himself and put the right Instagram handle, so he was alerted somehow. It's nice to see he cares about getting it right!
This comes as another layer to the Justin and Shawn saga that began back when Justin did that one radio interview and he was asked about his thoughts on Shawn's music. And JB then admitted he didn't know who Shawn was.
Since they're both from Canada and are in the music industry, it's easy to assume the superstar would know Shawn but back in 2015 he simply didn't. Once the DJ explained Shawn, who used to cover Justin's songs back in his early Vine and YouTube days, the "Love Yourself" crooner admitted he would actually look Shawn up.
"Nice. Good for him. No, I don’t know him, but I will check him out. For sure," Justin said. As for Shawn's reaction to this exchange, he kept it cool basically saying the guys didn't know each other IRL so it kind of makes sense Justin wouldn't be on his radar, something he aimed to change.
"We haven't met, but I guess he just doesn't know. I'm definitely a fan, I looked up to him for awhile, but I guess he just doesn't know who I am. We'll have to let him know," Shawn said on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show. And he did just that, since not too long after this whole thing went down, Justin took to Twitter to let the world know he checked out Shawn's tunes and was now a fan.
Justin took to Twitter again in 2016 to publicly announce how much he loves Shawn's music, praising Shawn's new album and the "Treat You Better" singer was obviously over-the-moon with excitement over the acknowledgement.
There's clearly nothing but love between these two artists, although it's still unclear if they've ever actually hung out together. Hey, maybe a collab with happen one day. Let's just hope JB can nail down the spelling of Shawn's name first. He is a very talented musician but IG king? Well not so much. But that's part of why everyone loves Bieber. He's unafraid to make mistakes, and learn from them of course.