Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes are battling it out for that “Prince of Pop” title.

Mendes shared the cover from his recent shoot with The Observer, which Bieber jokingly commented on:

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Thank you @obsmagazine x

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The Canadian pair then arranged to have a good old hockey game to hand over the title.

Bieber commented again to insist he wasn’t actually being serious, saying “it was a playful joke” and urging social media users to “relax.”

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The “Baby” hitmaker’s message included, “I’m just competitive as is he so it was just a little playful jargon.”

As you can imagine, Bieber and Mendes’ Instagram exchange soon got everybody talking.

See some of the reaction below.

Mendes was previously romantically linked to Bieber’s now-wife Hailey Baldwin.

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