Justin Bieber has finally had enough of Five Seconds of Summer repeatedly trotting out the clickbait-friendly and evidently false claim that the Canadian superstar “hates” them.
Last night, Bieber tweeted (then deleted) a series of reasoned messages to the Australian Pop-Punk-lite band’s guitarist, Michael Clifford, making it clear he wasn’t amused by Clifford saying, “I think he [Bieber] hates us,” during the band’s recent Rolling Stone interview, which features them naked on the cover.
For context: the music magazine interviewed the band at their Bel Air house the day after they played at the 2015 American Music Awards in Los Angeles on November 22. Bieber performed at the same show, before hosting an after party at The Nice Guy hot spot in West Hollywood to celebrate the release of his new Purpose album.
5 Seconds of Summer: Inside the wild life of the world’s hottest band https://t.co/DKTQUu8aLT
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) December 26, 2015
5SOS would later crash Justin’s bash after attending Nick Jonas’ soiree. Referring to the band’s alleged experience at the Biebs’ bash, Rolling Stone wrote: “They didn’t talk to Bieber — ‘I think he hates us,’ says Clifford — but they had a good time. It was f***ing crazy, people standing on tables and s**t.”
Bieber also took issue with Clifford’s second claim about his party. Namely: “I probably shouldn’t say this, but he had his own album on loop for, like, two or three hours.”
Fast forward to late Saturday (December 26), the Biebs took to Twitter and sent two public messages to Clifford followed by peacemaking comments.
Justin’s deleted tweets pic.twitter.com/EW7vqEml8A
— Jυsτiท ♛ kiɗʀɑuɦℓ (@Dii_Cruz) December 27, 2015
Bieber wrote: “@Michael5SOS sorry guy. Don’t hate you. Don’t even know u. And are you sure you came to our party because my album wasn’t on loop. Strange.”
He continued, “@Michael5SOS wish you the best. Don’t use my name for headlines. U are already on the cover. U don’t need it. Big hugs bud.”
“Sometimes I wonder… What the hell did I have to do with that?? LOL,” Justin then mused, adding, “And now we can all move on. No hate all love. Happy to make it clear. Happy times.”
Compared to past Twitter celebrity feuds, Bieber and Clifford’s exchange isn’t in that league, although it’s likely some gossip-centric media outlets will frame it as that. But, is it really shade if one party is trying to end a fake rumor that the other party keeps repeating publicly? Who wouldn’t be frustrated by that?
It should be obvious, even to the most naive media consumer, that Bieber’s name is pure tabloid gold. It hardly needs saying that a “[Bieber] He hates us” soundbite will automatically generate headlines.
In his later reply to the Biebs, Clifford seemed to backtrack on his claim that Purpose looped for hours at the after party. The guitarist went on to blame Rolling Stone for including that quote. His comeback also seemed to reveal that 5SOS do not believe Bieber “hates” them, which basically underscores exactly why Bieber tweeted Clifford.
Replying to Justin’s tweets, Michael gushed, “@justinbieber done nothing but praise ur album; no idea why that’s even in the article. big fan since the start man, take care.”
@justinbieber done nothing but praise ur album; no idea why that’s even in the article. big fan since the start man, take care
— Michael Clifford (@Michael5SOS) December 27, 2015
He also tweeted a post for the fans.
i hate when people include everything in an article EXCEPT the reason we’re a band; the fans
— Michael Clifford (@Michael5SOS) December 26, 2015
It’s also worth noting that 5SOS’ interview with Rolling Stone isn’t the first time the band have invoked Bieber’s name, or those related to the hitmaker. Back in October, 2014, band frontman Luke Hemmings denied tweeting Bieber’s ex-girlfriend, Selena Gomez, during the band’s interview with Australia’s Nova FM radio station. Fellow band member Calum Hood then said Hemmings had done so.
Roll to August 2015, while backstage at one of their shows, the band joked to media about Hemmings writing poems and having a “love shrine” dedicated to Selena.
At this year’s AMAs, this nexus of late teen celebrity melodrama saw Gomez, Bieber, and 5SOS all in one place. During their on-the-red-carpet chat to Entertainment Tonight, the band was asked about the rumor of Hemmings’ interest in Gomez. They then joked that they wanted “to cut the beef” and “be friends with Justin Bieber.”
During that same interview Clifford claimed, “We think that Justin Bieber actually hates us,” because of the Gomez-Hemmings rumor. While it was all “jokey-jokey,” the Rolling Stone interview appears to have been one mention too many for the Biebs.
Inevitably, Twitter was lit last night with fans from Bieber and 5SOS’ fandoms having their say.
Three trends launched, one of which was triggered by some Fifth Harmony fans’ anger over Hemmings’ interview admission that the band slept with innumerable fans during their early tours and after shows.
— MTV UK (@MTVUK) December 27, 2015
She dragged 5 Seconds Of Summer to the pits pic.twitter.com/zT8GvVCoEm
— Shady Music Facts (@musicnews_shade) December 26, 2015
As a result, the #5SOSIsDeadParty hashtag trended as the top tweet in the U.S. and worldwide. Fans expressions of support for Clifford took the form of #MichaelIsOurSafetyPin. #WeAreProudOfYou5SOS was another. A snapshot of tweets follows.
you saying the article isn’t accurate or are you just deflecting because you thought that statement was off record? https://t.co/26dQLOYY7b
— bust a galactic nut (@cypherchronicle) December 27, 2015
JB’s the only one who holds his hand up to anything. Others pretend they ‘didn’t mean it’ or ‘don’t know’ how a direct quote got used. GTFO.
— AriaJenco (@Aria_Jenco) December 27, 2015
I feel no sympathy. This isn’t the first time they’ve said that Justin hates them. They highkey need a lesson in PR cause the shit they say
— OG Belieber (@LoveMyBooBieber) December 27, 2015
Maybe it’s in the article because it’s a DIRECT QUOTE FROM YOU?? https://t.co/byXow0jTUT
— JUSTINS KIND HEART♡ (@smilebeth1994) December 27, 2015
It’s so funny how J is always in everyone else’s mouth but he’s never aware they even exist to begin with, please
— lil kim (@bieberswhipp) December 27, 2015
justin simply defended himself (politely!) & 5sos stans are acting like he dragged michael through the pits of hell pic.twitter.com/NOpz4Nfye7
— c. (@bieberxmorales) December 27, 2015
justin basically told 5sos to quit using his name for relevancy in the classiest way pic.twitter.com/7wezGCxJpZ
— #1 No Pressure Stan (@aubreyspurpose) December 27, 2015
You’ve mentioned the jb hating you thing more than once and not just in that article but alright. https://t.co/IbFe4tM3kv
— #WAUN4Grammy (@nextoyouss) December 27, 2015
Meanwhile, 5SOS fans seemed to have a hard time accepting that Clifford and the rest of the band were taken to task by Bieber and Fifth Harmony fans because of the band’s own words and actions. Many slammed the interview as fake.
This may possibly be the biggest lesson 5sos will ever learn.
— fight me assholes (@5TextsofSummer) December 27, 2015
I think it’s safe to say 5SOS will not be working with Rolling Stone in the future
— 5SOS Updates (@5SOS_Update) December 27, 2015
My eyes are literally bleeding from reading this article
— fight me assholes (@5TextsofSummer) December 26, 2015
Shut up. Read this. Then read this again. Then chill. pic.twitter.com/7hYtJPWs1X
— Maddie (@Tylerhoechillin) December 26, 2015
I just read the Rolling Stones article and I think most of it isn’t true or real
— e (@_ashtosnipples) December 26, 2015
Important while we’re discussing the rolling stone article about 5sos. Stop believing everything you read. pic.twitter.com/CcqpZyCpP1
— selin✨ (@KingdomComeAlly) December 26, 2015
Tell us in comments below if you think Bieber was within his rights to call Clifford out for claiming he “hates” them since he says he doesn’t? Do you think the superstar’s belief that the band were headlines-hunting is an accurate read of the situation — or not?
When you want somebody to keep their name out ya mouth pic.twitter.com/Gs9RZqyjJE
— THE•SIM•AISLE (@TheSimAisle) December 27, 2015
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