Shawn Mendes seems like he's pretty open with his fans. He was named one of the most influential teens by Time magazine, but, sometimes, he doesn't share as much as you might think. The "Treat You Better" singer looks hot AF on the cover of VMAN magazine and really casts a light on his true personality inside the pages. He lets the readers know that there are instances when he wants to say something or has an opinion but he doesn't because of all the hate on social media so he just refrains from saying it.
Shawn explained, "During crazy times, I just hold back. People are so quick to jump on something or rip it apart. There's so much negativity on social media, I don't want to add to that." While he doesn't exactly say what 'crazy times' he's talking about, there's a lot going on in the world right now. He could be referencing anything that has to do with politics or even, on the opposite end of that, anything having to do with a fellow celebrity. It seems like he feels that keeping his mouth shut is better than opening it. It's kind of sad, TBH.
Instead of spreading more negativity online, Shawn tries to stay focused on his career and what's happening in real life. He said, "Any of this could be gone tomorrow. That's why you've got to make the most of it today. People say to me, 'What are you going to be doing in five years?' The thing is, I don't care! It's what I'm doing today that matters."
What an outlook! But, it's important to remember, he didn't get where he is today all by himself. Shawn mentions that it was his fans and Taylor Swift who he has to give all the credit to. The heartthrob has the utmost respect for the Mendes Army. He said, "People need to give [my fans] a little bit more credit. If something's not good, oh, they let me know."
And where does Taylor come into play? Believe it or not, it was actually the "Bad Blood" singer that coached Shawn on how to get rid of his stage fright. He said, "She told me not to be afraid to go out on stage because everyone in the stadium came to have fun. This is not a judging contest, this is a concert." Ugh, Taylor, she's such a freaking gem!
Shawn's willingness to get super candid in this interview is refreshing. Not only did he reassure us about what the world already knew about T. Swift but he also made us hope, even more, that social media negativity needs to stop. Because, obviously, we can't have our boy Shawn hold back anything!