Male Pop Star Responds to People Badgering Him About His Sexuality

June 24th 2016

Laura Donovan

Singer Shawn Mendes just set the record straight about his sexuality, which has been the subject of rumors ever since he skyrocketed to fame in recent years. Mendes became popular on the social media platform Vine in 2013; his hit song "Stitches" putting him on the music industry map last year.


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The 17-year-old shared a Snapchat story on Thursday stating that he noticed people questioning his sexuality in YouTube comments sections. In the Snapchat story, which has since been uploaded to YouTube, Mendes said that he is not gay, but that it shouldn't matter if he was gay, as his music should be the focus of conversation and not his sexuality.

Shawn Mendes

"I don't usually do this and bring up problems, but I was on YouTube just watching my interviews, and I was going down the comments, and noticed that a lot of people were saying that I give them a gay vibe," he said. "First of all, I'm not gay. Second of all, it shouldn't make a difference if I was or if I wasn't. The focus should be on the music, not my sexuality."

He added that he knows most people aren't making assumptions about his sexuality, but that those who are should think twice about judging someone based on the way they look, speak, and behave.

"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,'" he said. "I’m not frustrated because people were saying that I was gay at all, I have no problem with that because 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.”

You can watch his full Snapchat story in the tweet below:

[H/T MTV News]