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Shawn Mendes has been the subject of so much speculation about his sexual orientation that he’s had to address it in a Rolling Stone profile late last year — coming out as straight can causing a divided reaction on Twitter.
Months later, Mendes is addressing the issue again in an interview with The Guardian, calling the rumors “hurtful.”
“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,” he says in the article. “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.”
This is the third time Mendes has addressed his sexual orientation. He first addressed it in a 2017 Snapchat story, where he said: “First of all, I’m not gay. Second of all, it shouldn’t make a difference if I was or wasn’t.” In the Rolling Stone interview, Mendes voiced concern about how these rumors could affect actual LGBTQ people.
“You fucking guys are so lucky I’m not actually gay and terrified of coming out,” he said to the magazine. “That’s something that kills people. That’s how sensitive it is. Do you like the songs? Do you like me? Who cares if I’m gay?”
Mendes also admitted to having conflicting feelings about having to “prove” his straightness.
“Even though in my heart I know that it’s (being gay) not a bad thing,” he said. “There’s still a piece of me that thinks that. And I hate that side of me.”
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