Celebrity dating or sexuality rumors have long been a talking point. And one person who has had a lot of rumors had about him? Shawn Mendes.
But now, he's finally addressed the speculation surrounding his sexuality and he had a lot to say...
Since hitting the spotlight, people have loved to gossip about the singer's private life...
The Canadian popstar has well and truly taken the music world by storm.
via: GettyThe twenty-two-year-old from Toronto, Canada, has carved out quite an impressive musical career for himself, with countless hits under his belt, including the popular singles "Stitches" and "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back."
Fun fact: Mendes taught himself how to play guitar.The Telegraph. “I taught myself these chords and slowly started to get the hang. I was obsessed with it. Every day I’d play and think, I’m not good enough yet; I need to get better. Then I’d play for hours and hours."
He has video platform, Vine, to thank for his stardom.Mendes began his music journey by uploading covers to the since shut-down platform in 2012, before sharing his videos to various other social media outlets.
He quickly garnered a dedicated following.Whether it was his teen-heartthrob vibe, impressive vocals, or all-around aura, the aspiring musician attracted a fairly substantial fanbase. So much so, that by August 2014, he was the third most-followed musician on Vine alone.
It didn't take long for him to sign to a record label.
Shortly after signing, the singer made his chart-breaking debut.Mendes released his first-ever official piece of music, The Shawn Mendes EP, under the record label, which instantly climbed to number 5 in the music charts.
The following year, it was album time for the star...
via: GettyHis full-length debut album, Handwritten, which gave us the global number 1 hit single, "Stitches," came out on top at number 1 in both the U.S. and Canada.
His career has gone from strength to strength.
The star's even crossed over to modeling.Calvin Klein "Find your Youth" campaign. The campaign featured Mendes posing alongside several other young celebs including Kendall Jenner and Noah Centineo.
The internet went into a full-blown meltdown after the campaign launched.
Okay @CalvinKlein you trying to put me into cardiac arrest with these new ads? First @ShawnMendes, now @noahcent. https://t.co/lo8U8IRHxk— Samantha (@Samantha)1550593493.0
But Mendes did land himself in hot water after fans didn't take so well to some particularly offensive comments.
His tour stop Q&A's have become quite the hub for some hard-hitting questions.
Q: What inspired you to write Señorita? Shawn: I love you guys have a great time! *Leaves* #ShawnMendesTheTourTampa https://t.co/qIB9q7ENl8— Shawn Mendes Updates (@Shawn Mendes Updates)1564266293.0
He later apologized for this...
via: Pop Buzz/TwitterIn a since-deleted tweet, the star addressed the criticism, writing: "Hey! There was no bad intention here. If you were there you would have known it was the last question & that’s why I decided to turn it into a light-hearted funny goodbye! Sorry if that upset anyone, I adore you guys! No need for any negativity."
Mendes' relationship status has often been a subkof interest to fans.With fans regularly guessing who he's dating or if they've split up.
Alongside interest in his relationships is also interest in his sexuality.With long-running rumors speculating about Mendes' sexuality.
But now, Mendes has addressed the rumors surrounding his sexuality.The star was a recent guest on Dax Shepard's podcast, Armchair Expert, where he opened up about the subject.
The pair discussed everything from success at such an early age and his fears and anxieties, to lockdown and figuring out his own identity.He even spoke about the long-running rumors that he's gay.
Opening up, Mendes 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. It's such a tricky thing. 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.'"
He went onto explain that over the years he didn't "really know how to respond to the situation."
"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 fucking 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."