03/06/2013 01:42 pm ET

Ashley Benson Says Justin Bieber Was Not Happy About The 'Boyfriend' Parody She Made With James Franco

Justin Bieber doesn't know how to take a joke.

Actress Ashley Benson teamed up with her "Spring Breakers" co-star James Franco to make a hilarious parody video of the singer's hit song "Boyfriend," but the teen pop star couldn't see the humor in it.

"People thought that I was being mean, but I was just doing what the girl did in the video. It wasn't a jab at her," Benson explains in the April issue of Seventeen. "But I heard from Justin. He wasn't happy. Justin is like my little brother since he and my ex are so close. Anytime you go through a breakup, the friends get defensive. But all is well in that area now."

The 23-year-old "Pretty Little Liars" star used to hang with Bieber all the time, as until recently she was dating his swagger coach Ryan Good. Last fall rumors were swirling that Benson had dumped Good for Franco , though the 34-year-old actor quickly denied the rumors, writing in a blog post that "[Selena] Gomez and Benson, those are Bieber’s girls and [he] wouldn’t dare tangle with the Biebs."

But Franco did dare to tangle with Bieber when he released the parody video a few months later, if only for a short time. Although the video went viral, he revealed he was asked to take it down.

"Bieber didn't contact me, but I don't think he was too happy. I wasn't trying to diss him," Franco said in an interview with E! at Sundance.



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