In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Shawn Mendes addressed recurring rumors about his sexuality. The article gave us a deeper look in the pop idol's mind.
The feature described Mendes as constantly questioning himself because of internet jokes and speculation about the possibility he might be gay. The constant questioning has led to bouts of anxiety over the issue.
Shawn Mendes appears on our cover. In the story, he opens up about his dating life, being skeptical of success and… https://t.co/wnbnRaULsk— Rolling Stone (@Rolling Stone)1543237325.0
"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."
There are jokes and memes about Mendes all over the internet. People screenshot still frames from videos of Mendes or comment about how he acts and use that as proof that he is gay. Mendes has read many of these comments and adjusts his behavior to try and avoid these jokes in the future.
Fans have been very supportive.
alright so here's what we gonna do, leave shawn mendes alone !! stop assuming his sexuality when he isn't that! he'… https://t.co/ZgTbG5g4bL— e (@e)1543243227.0
Any “Shawn Mendes is gay” tweets from this point forward will warrant an unfollow. https://t.co/m8uhwMv2Mo— frank costa (@frank costa)1543248081.0
me: i’d like the tea pls barista: green? me: no barista: herbal? me: no barista: shawn mendes doesnt deserve t… https://t.co/T6vAB72ScW— yasemin (@yasemin)1543246087.0
the whole thing w shawn mendes is annoying tbh. People on this here app always tell men to embrace their feminine s… https://t.co/Wz4wVfVgf4— mack (@mack)1543243327.0
shawn mendes: im not gay yall: yes u are shawn mendes: actually i know my identity and feel uncomfortable having… https://t.co/oKc2vfNDHG— 🥀🐥 (@🥀🐥)1543257811.0
i think shawn mendes is a sweet boy and i am willing to protect him https://t.co/GZ9c0YZvhN— 🐐 (@🐐)1543259031.0
Mendes went on:
"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. 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."
Last December, after reading several comments declaring him gay, Mendes said he thought to himself:
"You fucking 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."
He recorded a Snapchat story to explain his feelings, but the denial seemed to make people discuss it more.
We can all agree Shawn Mendes is at least 60% gay, right— Clark how the bells (@Clark how the bells)1515805590.0
i met a straight version of shawn mendes once he was gay he also did porn— gavin . (@gavin .)1515610093.0
The feature paints Mendes as insecure and neurotic. He's spoken about it and commented that the article doesn't give the whole picture, including how much he loves his work and fans.
Of course i have my insecurities and struggles but that’s just one part of me. Sometimes the positive side of a sto… https://t.co/eZPlN3kNtC— Shawn Mendes (@Shawn Mendes)1543253054.0
He didn't deny core aspects of the article, however, like how much effort and mental stress he has over people's refusal to believe him about his sexuality.
His fans have his back.
leave shawn mendes alone for fuck’s sake. it is NOT OKAY to push a sexuality on someone who CLEARLY STATED that he… https://t.co/AFHz5i7G8S— 🌷brynnie🌷 (@🌷brynnie🌷)1543257069.0
guys Shawn Mendes is fucking amazing & i’m so proud of him 😭❤️— sarah 💛 (@sarah 💛)1543264084.0
Stupid people need to leave Shawn Mendes alone— Brent Conner (@Brent Conner)1543258326.0
shawn mendes isn't internally homophobic he's just tired of y'all telling him he's gay when he knows he's not— grant (@grant)1543266211.0
the whole shawn mendes thing makes me really sad cuz i know how that shit feels. just because of some things we do… https://t.co/638pzb3twp— zachari (@zachari)1543257907.0
@evanrosskatz It’s sad to know this still happens to certain celebrities. Who cares if they are or aren’t gay? This… https://t.co/8egH14Oopj— Frank (@Frank)1543254602.0
@thekittenb @ShawnMendes omfg no... ppl need to let the guy live— Sabrina Oster (@Sabrina Oster)1543248936.0
This isn't the first time the singer has been open about his mental health. On the podcast The Dan Wootton Interview, Mendes opened up about his struggles with anxiety and going to therapy for it.