If there’s one thing Shawn Mendes fans are dying to know, it’s the status of his love life. Although he pours his heart into his songs, everyone really wants to know if he’s dating anyone. Does he have a secret girlfriend? Or boyfriend even? Well, he just got real yet again, clarifying the rumors and letting the world know that no, he’s not gay in case you were wondering.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, the 20-year-old “In My Blood” crooner admitted that he, like most people, often ends up caring too much about what others have to say about his personal life, specifically when it comes to the rumors that he’s gay.
“I’d like to say I don’t care about it, but that’s not true. This massive, massive thing for the last five years about me being gay. In the back of my heart, I feel like I need to go be seen with someone — like a girl — in public, to prove to people that I’m not gay,” Shawn said. “Even though in my heart I know that it’s not a bad thing. There’s still a piece of me that thinks that. And I hate that side of me.”
Shawn did first address all the speculation back in 2016 when he noticed people were leaving comments on YouTube videos saying he was giving them “a gay vibe.”
“I thought, ‘You f–king guys are so lucky I’m not actually gay and terrified of coming out’. That’s something that kills people. That’s how sensitive it is. Do you like the songs? Do you like me? Who cares if I’m gay?” Shawn said to Rolling Stone.
He took to his Snapchat two years ago to deny the rumors and also point out his frustration over the fact a person’s sexuality is not something others should use as an insult by any means.
“First of all, I’m not gay. Second of all, it shouldn’t make a difference if I was or wasn’t. The focus should be on the music, not my sexuality,” Shawn said in the video. “Now I’m not frustrated because people were saying that I was gay at all, I have no problem with that ’cause it wouldn’t make a difference to me. I’m frustrated because in this day and age people have the audacity to write online that I’m gay as if it were a bad thing. That’s all I really have to say about that. I just wish those one percent of people would grow up. I love you guys.”
Again in 2017, this rumor came back with a vengeance when a fake tweet circulated seemingly from Shawn’s official account that looked like he was coming out as gay. #ShawnComingOut was even a hashtag people were quick to start using.
“Guys my sexuality shouldn’t be anyone’s business. yes, i’m gay and i’m proud,” the tweet read. This tweet was 100 percent not real and his loyal fans were quick to come to his defense.
i have his notifications on if that was a real tweet i would've seen it. stop assuming his sexuality. just let him be shawn. #ShawnComingOut
— reindeer nicole ♡ (@moonstruckagbx) August 30, 2017
And while the singer had made it clear that he’s not gay a few times now, he did go on to tell Rolling Stone that, unfortunately, the constant speculation is something he still worries about. Shawn brought up how in August after he performed with his friend Taylor Swift, she texted him asking if it was cool for her to post a funny video on her Instagram Story of the singer hanging out backstage where she was putting glitter eye makeup on him. He was totally fine with it at first but admits, later on, he wasn’t so sure if that was the best move.
“I felt sick. I was like, ‘F–k, why did I let her post that?’ I just fed the fire that I’m terrified of,’ he said.
📸 | Taylor Swift via IG stories! “This is perfect. This is all I’ve wanted ever.” 😂
• Aug. 4, 2018 pic.twitter.com/ZJ7bKCuw1j
— Shawn Mendes Updates (@MendesCrewInfo) August 4, 2018
But eventually, Shawn got over that fear and said he was happy Taylor did post the fun clip. He explained that growing up, he was close to his 15 female cousins, so growing up with all those girls around him, he was surrounded by “braiding hair and painting nails.”
“Maybe I am a little more feminine — but that’s the way it is. That’s why I am me,” he said. And Shawn, there’s nothing wrong with that!
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