And now he wants to make sure that everyone totally understands that they copied him.
The singer opened up during an interview with New Zealand radio show The Edge last week about why exactly he thinks the X Factor alums chose to release their fifth album Made In The A.M. on the same day he'll be putting out his fourth, titled Purpose.
The 21-year-old called it a "friendly competition," but his reaction seemed more defensive than friendly. He said:
"I think it was strategy on their part because my release date was first."
Wow! He REALLY wants the world to know he picked the November 13 date before the boy band!
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