Shawn Mendes knows what it’s like to be famous, especially the hardships he experienced before he reached fame. At 22, the singer understands he shouldn’t be taking anything for granted. He recently released his new album, Wonder.
For this latest album, Mendes collaborated with fellow Canadian artist Justin Bieber for the song, “Monster”. The duet is all about the flip side of being a superstar. He told ET’s Katie Krause in an interview that Bieber has taught him many things on how to navigate the spotlight.
He shared, “He’s gone through a lot and I feel like he’s really come out on the other end in a place where he realizes how much of a blessing it is to do what we do for a living. And on top of that, he also realizes that there is darkness and there’s heavy things that happen in our career. But the truth is that in any industry it’s the same thing. And I feel like from him, there’s this constant conversation of like, ‘I’m grateful, we’re blessed, look at what’s going on around us.'”
“And I even woke up this morning and I had a lot on my schedule and I reminded myself like, ‘Oh, all I’m doing is getting on a Zoom call to be like I made an album about things that I love. And talk about things that mean something to me,'” he added. “And really, comparatively to what I could be doing, I’m doing something that is from heaven.”
Mendes revealed that he wrote “Monster” three years ago during the time when he was feeling a lot of pressure.
He explained, “Three years later, I actually listen back to it and it makes me think of every single person who has Instagram or Twitter and every single person who is checking their Instagram every five minutes to see if people approve of the last thing they posted. It’s tough, because there is this [societal] pressure that everyone has and is putting on each other, and something that is so true and I don’t think is talked about enough is that the human condition is messy.”
“As babies, we fall and learn — that is how we don’t do something again and that is how we grow,” Mendes reflected, “and I think as adults — I don’t know who decided that we are not allowed to keep learning or to fall… We got to be OK with being messy and falling, and if somebody falls, don’t push them down, don’t put your foot on top of them, help them up and teach them. I think that’s the way that culture can really be there for each other and I think it is a beautiful thing for that reason.”- Advertisement -
Meanwhile, Mendes mentioned that so far, Wonder, is his most favorite art that he ever made which is also a reflection of his life from seven months ago to the present.