Shawn Mendes gay rumours: Singer breaks silence on internet speculation
Shawn Mendes has addressed persistent rumours about him being gay.
The 20-year-old singer said part of him wants to avoid ever being seen as gay, explaining: “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.”
Mendes, who rose to popularity on now-defunct video site Vine, revealed an instinct to avoid anything that may make people think he’s gay, saying he has tried to not cross his legs since he saw an anonymous remark on one of his videos commenting on it.
Shawn Mendes ‘felt sick’ after Taylor Swift posted video of him
The “In My Blood” singer said he woke up in a cold sweat after allowing fellow music sensation Taylor Swift, who he was touring with, to post a video clip of her putting glittery eye make-up on him.
He said: “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.”
“You fu**ing guys are so lucky I’m not actually gay.”
— Shawn Mendes
In June 2016, Mendes hit the headlines when he posted a video on Snapchat telling a section of his fanbase off for spreading the rumours. He said: “I noticed a lot of people were saying I gave them a ‘gay vibe.’
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