Shawn Mendes Wants Fans to Stop Questioning His Sexuality: 'It's Hurtful'
By Desiree Murphy
Shawn Mendes has found himself addressing rumors about his sexuality once again.
The "In My Blood" singer was recently interviewed by The Guardian, where he explained why he takes offense at comments about his sexuality...and why people need to stop making assumptions.
"For me it's hurtful," Mendes, 20, admitted. "I get mad when people assume things about me because I imagine the people who don't have the support system I have and how that must affect them."
"That was why I was so angry, and you can see I still get riled up," he continued. "I don't think people understand that when you come at me about something that's stupid you hurt so many other people. They might not be speaking, but they're listening."
Mendes also opened up about his Rolling Stone profile last year, in which he revealed that in the back of his heart, he feels like he needs to "be seen with someone -- like a girl -- in public, to prove to people that I'm not gay."
"It made me seem so creepy," Mendes told The Guardian, adding, "If anything, the article made me realize your career isn't over if people think you're not perfect."
Mendes' Rolling Stone article was published in November 2018. At the time, he opened up about why the assumptions about his sexuality are not only hurtful to him, but also sensitive to the LGBTQ community.
"I thought, 'You f**king guys are so lucky I'm not actually gay and terrified of coming out,'" he explained. "That's something that kills people. That’s how sensitive it is. You like the songs? Do you like me? Who cares if I’m gay?"
"Maybe I am a little more feminine, but that's the way it is," he continued. "That's why I am me."