Shawn Mendes isn’t one to hide is true feelings.
In a recent interview with Dax Shephard for his Armchair Expert podcast on December 14, Shawn addressed the rumors regarding his sexuality. He explained how frustrating it is to discuss this issue.
The 22-year-old singer said, “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.”
The Canadian star explained, “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.”
He also revealed, “Everyone’s been calling me gay since I was 15 years old. 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.”
Shawn mentioned that others have gone through far worse than what he experienced since he was a teen. He said, “I think a lot of guys go through that and, even worse than that, there are so many guys who are gay and in the closet and must be hearing s–t like that and being like, ‘I’m terrified to come out.'”
The Stitches singer said that he didn’t grow up wrestling. Instead, he admitted, “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.”
He shared, “I’ve realized that we just have to stop having to be experts and politicians about it, especially as a famous musician who’s a guy. I need to be really f–king messy and say the wrong things and apologize and say the right thing after I apologize and be confused about how to respond when people say I’m gay.”
Though many are wondering about his sexuality, he is more focused on himself and he has his girlfriend, Camila Cabello, to help him. They’ve been together since July last year.
He explained, “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,’. I’m just lucky to be in a relationship that’s for it.”
The singer also said that men should express their feelings. He said, “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.”
He added, “We’re holding in these emotions and not crying and being assholes. Nothing about that is nice.”
As reported earlier, Shawn Mendes shared the lessons he learned from cooperation with Justin Bieber.