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Shawn Mendes opens up in the new issue of Billboard magazine.

The 18-year-old is one of the most famous young pop stars in the world right now, but if you’d ask him he’s just a normal dude. He chats about being famous, falling in love, *** and the Biebs.

On Justin Bieber:
“People thought of him as a type of person. But maybe he was the same person the whole time and you guys just didn’t give him a chance to show you who he was. Stop ­looking at him in a ­negative view and accept him as who he is. We don’t get mad at punk rock bands for doing **** like [he does], because that’s their personality. I just find it very confusing.”

Hooking up with older women:
“[Patience] is about a girl older than me who I hooked up with, but the next day was so scared because of how young I was. I have a sore spot for older people who are weird around younger people.”

On taking great care of his voice:
“I’m very extreme about [caring for my voice],” he says. “Did people care about how a singer sounded live back in the day? I don’t really feel like they did. Not ­everything was being filmed. Today, one huge mess-up and millions are seeing it. There’s a lot more on the line nowadays. We’re so cautious and scared of messing up. It adds a lot of stress to a career.”

On how he knows when he’s in love, and *** after becoming famous:
“The second I feel about a girl the way I feel about music is when I know,” he says, all coy innocence. “Being a *** ­symbol isn’t cool unless you’re in love with a girl and she calls you a *** symbol.” As for actual ***, now that he’s famous, he claims it’s “impossible.”

On being careful with his fans:
“You’re one person,” he says. “You can’t let them take everything from you. Because they will — not in a malicious way. They just love you. You have to be careful.”

He hates being alone:
“People know me but they have no idea. I can’t be best friends with the entire world, I can’t fall in love with every girl, I can’t be a father figure or older-brother figure to every person. But I hate being alone. I just want someone there — to get out of my own head for a minute.”

Read the full story here.

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