Shawn Mendes is clapping back at anonymous trolls on the web questioning his sexuality.


Shawn Mendes is clapping back at anonymous trolls on the web questioning his sexuality.

We live in the digital age where millions of faceless usernames can make even rich and famous celebrities feel less human. Take 17-year-old Mendes for example (who was born in 1998… let that sink in). The heartthrob teen sensation shot to stardom when his 2015 song “Stitches” off his previous album Handwritten reached No. 4 on the Hot 100. Following that successful production, Mendes teamed up with Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello for a song titled “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” which is the starting point for the gossip from forum users speculating whether the youngster is gay or not. The tabloid fodder suggested the pair only united to persuade Mendes’ massive fanbase of girls that he is straight. A.K.A. Hollywood is a weird, wondrous planet.

From there, the Internet did what the Internet does best: perpetuate a stereotype, and Mendes is tired of it.

He took to SnapChat to clear the air, telling fans: “I don’t usually do this or bring up problems, but I was on YouTube just watching some of my interviews and I was going down the comments and noticed a lot of people were saying I give them a gay vibe,” he said.

“First of all, I’m not gay. Second of all, it shouldn’t made a difference if I was or if I wasn’t. The focus should be on the music… not my sexuality. Now I know 99% of you guys aren’t making assumptions like this but this is for the 1% of you that are. I just want you guys before you judge someone on the way they speak or act to think ‘hey, maybe I shouldn’t be judging someone’ or ‘wait it actually doesn’t even matter. They can do or be or feel however they want to feel.’ Now I’m not frustrated because people were saying that I was gay at all, I have no problem with that cause it wouldn’t make a difference to me. I’m frustrated because in this day and age people have the audacity to write online that I’m gay as if it were a bad thing. That’s all I really have to say about that. I just wish those 1% of people would grow up. I love you guys.”

In more important news… Mendes has a new song out titled “Treat You Better” which you can listen to below:

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