Shawn Mendes Addresses “Frustrating” Rumors About His Sexuality

Shawn Mendes discussed the rumors about his sexuality with Dax Shepard on the Armchair Expert podcast.

He told the host, “It was so, so frustrating for me because there were some people in my life that I was very, very close to… who were gay and in the closet and I felt this real anger for those people.”

Shawn said he struggled with how to respond because “You want to say, ‘I’m not gay but it’d be fine if I was gay. But also, there’s nothing wrong with being gay but I’m not.’ You don’t really know how to respond to the situation.”

Shawn went on to say, “Everyone’s been calling me gay since I was 15 years old,” Shawn explained. “I’m not gay and I’m like, ‘What does that mean?’ I had these problems with the way my voice sounded. I’m like, ‘How do I sit?’ I’m always first to cross my legs and sit with a position of this feminine style and I really suffered with that s–t.”

He explained, “I didn’t grow up wrestling. I grew up getting my hair braided on New Year’s Eve. It just completely depends on the way you grew up in your life and your surroundings.”

Shawn said his relationship with Camilla has helped him embrace vulnerability.

“I’m in a relationship where my girlfriend is like, ‘We’re going to get in bed and you’re going to put your head on my chest and you’re going to cry into my chest. You’re going to tell me how you feel because if you don’t do that you’re just going to be an asshole for the next week and I’m not going to deal with that s–t,'” he admitted. “I’m just lucky to be in a relationship that’s for it.”

“I think people are really quick to just say, ‘Well, he’s an artist so he gets a pass to be vulnerable and a pass to cry but most men shouldn’t. Guys need to just be vulnerable. We need to cry. Stop thinking this is being brave and strong and start thinking is the opposite, actually.”

Shawn shared a dancing/jumping pic on Instagram Monday (December 14th) telling fans, “Thank you so much for loving and supporting Wonder !!!”


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