Shawn Mendes Says Rumours About His Sexuality Are ‘Hurtful’
In a new interview, Shawn Mendes said he gets “mad” when people make assumptions about his sexuality…
Shawn Mendes is once again addressing the rumours about his sexuality.
The 20-year-old singer opened up in a new interview with The Guardian saying it’s “hurtful” when people make assumptions about his sexuality, adding that the rumours can also hurt his LGBTQ fans.
“For me it’s hurtful,” he said. “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,” Mendes added, “because 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.”
In the new interview, Mendes also discussed his November 2018 Rolling Stone cover story, in which he had previously addressed gay rumours and said that he felt like he needed to be seen out with girls “to prove to people that I’m not gay.”
Mendes, who has never publicly dated anyone since his career took off, admitted that it’s been difficult to navigate speculation about his sexuality.
“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,” he remarked.
The singer added that “even though in my heart I know that it’s not a bad thing,” there is “still a piece of me that thinks that. And I hate that side of me.”