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Shawn Mendes admits rumours about his sexuality have caused him a lot of stress

The singer said how he feels forced to be seen in public with a girl to prove that he is not gay

2018-11-26

Words: Steve Brown

Shawn Mendes has addressed rumours about his sexuality.

Last year, a fake Twitter account that looked like it came from the singer’s account posted a tweet reading: “Guys my sexuality shouldn't be anyone's business. Yes, i'm gay and i'm proud”.

The tweet became the basis of many rumours based around his sexuality – despite him being romantically linked to the likes of Hailey Baldwin just this year.

And now, in a recent interview, the ‘Treat You Better’ singer has opened up about the stress these rumours have caused him over the last five years.

He told Rolling Stone’s December issue: “I’d like to say I don’t care about it, but that’s not true.

“This massive, massive thing for the last five years about me being 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.”