Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes - The collab you never knew you needed.
Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes collaborate on what could only be described as the most beautiful (visually and musically) pairing of Canadians in music history.
The pair performed their latest song 'Monster' at the AMA's last Sunday night. The song describes their troubles of growing up in the spotlight as the pair have similar stories of rising to fame from childhood to adulthood.
This collaboration may have came as a shock to many. As you may or may not remember, Hailey Baldwin dated Shawn Mendes briefly before becoming engaged just two months later, to now husband, Justin Bieber. Rumours circulated that Mendes and Bieber may be at fued due to the heartbreak.
Baldwin got engaged to Bieber in July 2018, just two months after her and Mendes' Met Gala date. Mendes said in an interview to Rolling Stone he wasn't bitter about Baldwin's decision: "I get it, you know. I texted Hailey, ‘Congratulations,’ [when she got engaged to Justin] and I really am happy for them. She’s still one of the fucking coolest people ever—she’s not just a beautiful person visually, but she’s one of the most beautiful hearts I’ve ever met.”
Mendes has since moved on and is dating Camila Cabello, his girlfriend of over a year. Baldwin and Bieber celebrated their second wedding anniversary in September 2020. Mendes spoke about Bieber during his VMAN interview with Elton John. He revealed that while they had some distance initially, they became much closer after doing the song together. Mendes explained:
"So, Justin and I haven’t been close for a long time. When I was nine, Justin was my Michael Jackson. He was everything. He was what everyone talked about, the singer who everyone wanted to sing and dance like. He completely inspired me to start singing. 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."
Watch the music video below!