Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have long held their place of prominence in the gossip columns, with the "Boyfriend" singer constantly at the center of attention for his chart-topping tracks, his constant reinvention, his sexy music videos and his hot wheels, with his girlfriend also garnering hype for her triple-threat status as singer-actress-dancer. Of course, their PDA and romantic escapades have also captured plenty of talk, as have the not-so-favorable recent rumors that they may be on their way to a break-up. They recently were spotted getting cozy on the set of her new movie, though, once again refuting any signs of a split.
But his supposedly shaky relationship with Gomez isn't the only negative buzz the Biebs is facing right now. Many fans will be familiar with some of the ongoing chatter about a Bieber and One Direction feud that has pitted the 18-year-old Canadian pop sensation against the British-Irish boy band that includes Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik. And now that divisiveness may be growing even deeper--on Twitter, at least.
It wouldn't be surprising if there was a bit of tension between the "Baby" singer and the "What Makes You Beautiful" group; they're all heart-throbs with huge fan bases and a big attraction among the lucrative teeny-bopper set.
Justin Bieber has fueled the rivalry rumors, too, with some perhaps misconstrued commentary about a stolen floppy-haired hairstyle and his boastful remark about taking down 1D in a fight. Adding to the tension, there was that infamous, silly and pretty inappropriate question from a radio show DJ about the Biebs being afraid that the cougar-chasing Harry Styles might try to romance his mom.
All that aside, both sides to this story have seemingly patched up any misunderstandings or festering feuds. But the Twitter-verse has its own ideas about the situation, now perpetuating the real or imagined rivalry. But this time the fight is among the fans with the prevalence of the hashtag: #BeliebersHateDirectioners."
Forget Team Edward versus Team Jacob; it's Bieber versus the 1D boys among some of their, ahem, more immature followers who are setting off this bully-like, anti-social craze on social media. What a perverse trending topic this is.
However, not all fans have this crazy-mean form of Bieber Fever, with various tweeters crying foul on the hashtag, as Entertainmentwise confirms. The 140-characters-or-less scolding and slaps on the wrist include such statements as "Whoever made this trend... Shame on you" and "You guys makes our fanbase looks bad!! [sic]." Hopefully the Twitter hate ends soon; there's enough love (and shrieks and squeals) to go around among both Beliebers and Directioners!