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Shawn Mendes Just Clarified His Sexuality—And Twitter Is Freaking Out

Shawn Mendes says he makes an effort to appear with women in public to prove he’s not gay, according to a Rolling Stone profile published on Monday.

The “Stitches” singer explained in the interview how fans’ obsession with his sexuality has made him feel uncomfortable.

“In the back of my heart, 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,” Mendes told Rolling Stone. “Even though in my heart I know that it’s not a bad thing. There’s still a piece of me that thinks that. And I hate that side of me.”

He said people on Snapchat and YouTube started speculating his sexuality back in December 2017, saying Mendes was sending them a “gay vibe.”

“First of all, I’m not gay. Second of all, it shouldn’t make a difference if I was or wasn’t,” Mendes said on his Snapchat story at the time.

After the Rolling Stone story, many of Mendes’ fans on Twitter were quick to show their love toward the artist.

One Twitter user @DolanDramaQueen commented, “You are the soul of our generation. We will change the world and you are our sparkle. Thank you for being so truthful.”

But some argued that Mendes’s frustrations with being labeled gay illustrates internalized homophobia.

Mendes followed up the profile with a tweet on Monday, writing, “Of course i have my insecurities and struggles but that’s just one part of me. Sometimes the positive side of a story doesn’t always get fully told and I wish it had here.”

Mendes told Rolling Stone that as a kid, he would put glitter on his eyelids to make his parents laugh and grew up with 15 female cousins. “Braiding hair and painting nails. Maybe I am a little more feminine—but that’s the way it is. That’s why I am me.”

H/T Rolling Stone