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5, Justin Bieber claimed that he did not know who Sean Mendes was. Now the two are releasing the song “Monster” together.

USA TODAY

It was a simple question asked five years ago that drove two fans crazy.

“Who is Sean Mendes?”

That’s what Justin Bieber said after I asked him about Mendes in 2015. At the time, Bieber was on my radio show promoting “What Do You Mean?” From his upcoming album, Purpose. The song became his first number 1 hit in the United States. At the same time, Mendes began to climb the pop charts with “Stitches”, a single from his No. 1 album “Handwritten”.

More than a year later, the two dispelled any doubts about their knowledge of the other’s existence and their relationship (at the time, fans speculated that Bieber was casting a shadow over Mendes by asking the question).

Now they are getting ready to release a song together. “Monster” falls on Friday and will appear on Mendes’ upcoming fourth studio album “Wonder”, due out on December 4.

In an exchange on Twitter on Tuesday to promote the song, Bieber aired the video again, asking who Mendes was. The singer “If I Can’t Have You” responded by retouching with a photo of himself and actor Jacob Tremblay, adding, “Don’t you remember we took this picture together?” Tremblay, who is Canadian as the two musicians, recently played a young Bieber. in the music video for “Lonely”.

Back in 2015, the day after Bieber’s interview with me on WPLJ-FM in New York, Mendes was asked about the BBC Radio 1 video in the UK.

“We haven’t met, but I guess he just doesn’t know (me),” Mendes replied. “I’m definitely a fan of him.”

At the end of the week, Bieber followed Mendes on Twitter. And this November, Mendes met Bieber after the American Music Awards, calling him a “great man.” But the two were not quick friends. In a recent interview promoting his album Wonder, Mendes told Zane Lowe of Apple Music that his relationship with Bieber “has just begun to take shape in the last three months.” Then he called Bieber to talk to him about “Monster,” a song Mendes wrote three years ago.

“It’s about how society can put celebrities on a pedestal and watch them fall, and that seems to be the fun,” Mendes said. “(Bieber’s) heart has fallen deep into him.”

Mendes attributes to his collaborator that he inspired him to sing, noting that he was 9 when Bieber released “One Time” and began what became known as “Bieber Fever.”

“He was Elvis to me,” Mendes said. “Going back and having this very human conversation with him … it’s like one of the most special songs I’ve ever written.”

Bieber will participate in the American Music Awards 2020, broadcast on November 22 on ABC.

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