Shawn Mendes Says Rumors About His Sexuality Are 'Hurtful'

Shawn Mendes is speaking out again about rumors that have been swirling around about his sexuality for the past few years. The 20-year-old singer explained why he finds the rumors to be "hurtful."

"For me it’s hurtful," Shawn told The Guardian. "I get mad when people assume things about me because I imagine the people who don’t have the support system I have and how that must affect them."

"That was why I was so angry, and you can see I still get riled up, because I don’t think people understand that when you come at me about something that’s stupid you hurt so many other people. They might not be speaking, but they’re listening," he added.

Shawn also brought up his 2018 Rolling Stone cover story, in which he said, "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."

The singer previously criticized the article and now he says, "It made me seem so creepy. If anything, the article made me realize your career isn’t over if people think you’re not perfect."

Shawn also says he is tired of being put into a "wholesome" box. "Yeah, I am! It sounds so stupid – to be a nice person is the best thing in the world – but, yeah, I’m 20 and I just want to have fun," he says. "What I don’t want to do is live the rest of my life thinking, ‘I wouldn’t do that because I’m known as Prince Charming.’"

Shawn adds, "The second that someone corners you into a personality, you don’t want to be that person anymore."

Shawn is currently on tour in the U.K. On May 4th, he’ll be the musical guest on SNL.