Justin Bieber Says Beef with One Direction is Just ‘Friendly Competition’

Justin Bieber and One Direction released albums on the same day, but there are no hard feelings.

Today (Nov. 13) Justin dropped his new album Purpose as One Directioners celebrated the release of Made in the A.M. But if you thought Justin was mad about it, think again.

“Everyone should support everyone,” the 21-year-old told Us Weekly“I think that this should be friendly competition. I think it’s fun to joke around. But I really genuinely support everyone that’s making music and every young artist that’s doing what they love and getting success from that. I think that everyone should support that, regardless if you enjoy their music or not.”

Biebs made headlines when he talked to a New Zealand radio station about he and One Direction sharing a release date, saying, “They’re not really going on the road much, but we’re talking about them right now, so it gives them some promo, right? So, that’s probably why they did it.” [via MTV]

“I think it was strategy on their part because my release date was first,” he continued. “But whatever. It’s whatever. It’s going to be fun. I’m excited to see what happens.”

Meanwhile, the 1D guys didn’t seem phased. “I think it’s been kind of made into a little bit of a big deal, to be honest,” Niall Horan said. “As I’ve said a few times today, we’ve been up against, like, Rihanna before, and no one’s ever mentioned that.”

Meanwhile, Liam Payne announced on BBC Radio 1 that the band could be taking two years off:

“Obviously we’re all going to take a break for a little bit and consider where we are in the world. I just want to write songs, that’s been the most fun process out of this, except for touring, has been the writing of the songs and we’re going to come back so there’s something to write for as well, for us and other people .

We haven’t really had time to write an album and whereas two years off…Writing’s not really a job, it’s so much fun, we’ve always had to rush it so it’s nice in these two years I’m going to write some songs and see what happens.”