Justin Bieber and One Direction have always hogged the limelight for their bromance. However, now things might change as two of the biggest pop artists in the world decide to release their individual albums on the same day.
Last month, both announced that they will drop their individual albums on 13 November. And now Justin and Niall are reportedly betting as to whose album will do better on the charts.
A source close to One Direction and Justin Bieber said that Niall (22) and Justin (21) are "betting on whose album will have a more successful release," HollywoodLife.com reported.
The source emphasised that Niall and the rest of One Direction will continue with their "friendly diss" at Justin "for having the same release day," but their main intention is "playing it up and having fun" like "a dare that the loser will have to do."
It all started when Justin posted a video of him on Snapchat, making a frightened face and saying "face you make when you come out with an album on the same day as Justin Bieber."
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The video went viral, marking a direct shade on Justin's part at his "good friends" One Direction. After the One Direction boys saw the video, they thought it's "funny."
"It's kind of like an inside joke they have and will continue to play off of each other. The guys don't take it as a diss," added the report.
Then, Louis Tomlinson, 23, who is often known for his sassy personality, responded with a Snapchat video of himself, saying "that face you pull when you're playing the last night at O2."
However, the "friendly banter" took a toll when in a recent interview to a New Zealand radio station, Justin shared his real feelings about One Direction releasing their album "Made in the A.M." on the same day as his album "Purpose".
"[They're] not really going on the road much, but we're talking about them now, so it gives them some promo, right?" he said in the interview.
He further said that One Direction "probably" decided to release their album on 13 November as well because they wanted to get promo. "I think it was strategy on their part because my release date was first. But, whatever. It's whatever. It's gonna be fun. I'm excited to see what happens," Justin added.
Justin and the rest of One Direction have always got along well with each other. In fact, Niall is often seen hanging out with the Canadian popstar. But is the same release date affecting their friendship? Only 13 November will give us the answers.
Watch the full interview of Justin Bieber at "The Edge Show" in New Zealand's radio station, here.