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#NotSoOdd: Malala bonds with…Justin Bieber on FaceTime

She’s hobnobbed with world leaders and Hollywood celebrities but teenage Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai must be feeling particularly chuffed after enjoying a FaceTime chat with pop music wild child Justin Bieber.

The 20-year-old Canadian star took to his Facebook page on Wednesday to reveal that he had caught up with Malala, 17, to chat about the latter’s work campaigning for education for young girls around the world.

Bieber posted a still picture taken from his phone showing Malala sporting a wide grin.

“Just got to FaceTime with Malala Yousafzai. She has such an incredible story. I can’t wait to meet her in person and talk about how I can support her and the @malalafund. #love,”, Bieber posted.

From the outside at least the two youngsters seem to occupy wholly different planets: Bieber, his shorts hanging precariously off his backside, is regularly seen frolicking with a variety of comely women in fashionable hotspots around the world or taking pot shots at other celebrities whilst being surrounded by a posse of burly bodyguards.

Malala, of course, was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize at the tender age of 16 after overcoming a brutal attack at the hands of the Taliban for daring to advocate for education for girls in her native Pakistan.

In actual fact, both have deeply charitable streaks.

Bieber is less well known for his generous support of more than two dozen different charitable causes around the world, from school-building projects in Guatemala to anti-bullying campaigns. 

It’s unclear precisely what Bieber will be doing for the Malala Fund, Yousafzai’s education charity that works promoting education for girls in in Pakistan, the Middle East and Africa.

Apart from the fact their charitable work, Malala and Yousafzai would doubtless have bonded over their remarkable rise to international fame.

Bieber has gone from a broken home in suburban Ontario to become one of the world’s biggest-selling and wealthiest pop stars in a mere four years.

Malala has risen to become one of the world’s most recognized young women – whose supporters include former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and actress Angelina Jolie – just a year after being shot at by Taliban gunmen as she made her way to school. 

Her plight captured the world’s imagination and she was later flown to the UK to receive specialist treatment.

Since her recovery, she has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, spoken at the UN and lunched with the US First Lady. 

On Tuesday she was pictured dining out with Hollywood star Reese Witherspoon who later tweeted: “What an honor to meet and have dinner with Malala Yousafzia @malalafund. Thank you for your work on behalf of women everywhere #inspiringwoman #womensrights #educationforallgirls”.

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