Shawn Mendes has found himself in the midst of a very fake tweet that rocked the fandom. All was well and quiet for the Mendes Army, having just seen their fave totally slay his performance at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, when suddenly Twitter feeds were filled with a tweet seemingly from Shawn's official account. And it looked like the "Mercy" singer was coming out as gay, with #ShawnComingOut as 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.
So upon first glance, you might think it's real but upon closer examination, it's easy to conclude this is the work of some Photoshop and no, he didn't really tweet this. It's unclear as to why someone decided to draft up this fake tweet but it's something his fans were so not having. Whether it's a joke or not, making assumptions about a perosn's sexuality at the end of the day is just so not cool. At all.
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
— spooky nicole 🎃 (@blazeddawson) August 30, 2017
Why is Shawn's sexuality such a big topic in pop culture?? lmao he makes music and the focus should be on THAT #ShawnComingOut
— megan 💜 (@megsrep) August 29, 2017
— megan (@notersleft) August 30, 2017
No matter what Shawn's sexual orientation is, it really doesn't matter. He's a musician and the music he creates is what we should really the focus here. It's only natural fans want to know every aspect of their favorite singer's personal life but making up rumors isn't the way to go about it. This is something Shawn has dealt with in the past too back in June of 2016. He took to his Snapchat then to deny rumors he is gay after seeing comments on his YouTube videos and to also point out his frustration over the fact this is not something people should be using as an insult by any means.
"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 1% of people would grow up. I love you guys," he said in the video.
By now, it should be clear that someone's sexuality isn't something to joke about or even focus on; it doesn't define a human. Let's just all take this tweet situation as a life lesson, shall we?