Shawn Mendes Says Bieber’s Shout-Out Was “Really Sweet”

September 20 2015, 1:30 pm

Shawn Mendes Says Bieber's Shout-Out Was "Really Sweet"

It’s all love!

Shawn Mendes found himself in a viral mini-scandal last week when Justin Bieber was asked what he thought of Mendes during a radio interview, but Bieber was clueless who the 17-year-old was.

Bieber turned to his team and asked, “Who’s Shawn Mendes?”

The radio host says, “He’s on Island, he’s from Southern Ontario, he’s 17 years old, he has a song called ‘Stitches’ that’s doing ok at pop radio.”

Justin responds, “Nice. Good for him,” adding “I don’t know him, but I will check him out. For sure.”

Bieber followed through on his word and posted a shout-out on Instagram, saying “Shawn I checked out the music and I’m so proud! So glad to see another boy from Canada crushin it. #canadiansdoitbetter.”

Shawn I checked out the music and I'm so proud! So glad to see another boy from Canada crushin it. #canadiansdoitbetter

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Mendes obviously caught wind of the social media post.

“I thought it was awesome of him,” he told Celebuzz inside the press room at the iHeartRadio music festival on Saturday (Sep. 19). “I mean, I think the shade was a little blown out of proportion. [He] probably just didn’t know who I was,” he laughed.

“I don’t think it was a big deal,” Mendes continued. “Yea it was really sweet of him to do that Instagram for me. Really really awesome.”