Shawn Mendes Talks Gay Rumors

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Shawn Mendes: Confessions of a Neurotic Pop Idol

How’s that for a title? Shawn Mendes sat down with Rolling Stone for a very a candid interview. Based on his Twitter feed, I’d say he’s regretting it. Instead of celebrating being on the cover snapped by Ruven Afanador, the 20-year-old Canadian is throwing a bit of shade at the publication.

“Of course I have my insecurities and struggles but that’s just one part of me,” Mendes tweeted. “Sometimes the positive side of a story doesn’t always get fully told and I wish it had here. I love what I do and I love you guys so much.”

Mendes opens up about his sexuality and why he feels the need to prove he’s not gay, how much he loves smoking weed, his fear of becoming irrelevant, his relationship with Hailey Baldwin aka Mrs. Bieber and much more. Check out a few quotes below.

On His Sexuality

“I thought, ‘You f*cking 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. Do you like the songs? Do you like me? Who cares if I’m gay?”

On His Need To Prove He’s Not Gay

“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.”

On His Relationship With Hailey Bieber, Admitting They Were More Than Friends

“I don’t even wanna put a title on it. I think it was more of a zone of limbo….I texted Hailey [after her engagement], ‘Congratulations,’ and I really am happy for them.”

For more, head over to RollingStone.com.