The ru­mor Men­des hates

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Shawn Men­des ad­mits he is upset about a wide­spread ru­mor about his sex­u­al­ity, said Pa­trick Doyle in Rolling Stone. The pop star, 20, is en­joy­ing wild com­mer­cial suc­cess, with three con­sec­u­tive No. 1 al­bums, but is ex­as­per­ated by “this mas­sive, mas­sive thing for the last five years about me be­ing gay.” On so­cial me­dia, fans an­a­lyze his ges­tures and body lan­guage and pro­claim him def­i­nitely gay; he ad­mits study­ing videos of him­self to see if he is act­ing ef­fem­i­nately. He grew up with 15 fe­male cousins, “braid­ing hair and paint­ing nails. Maybe I am a lit­tle more fem­i­nine.” But that, he in­sists, doesn’t mean he’s gay. “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. Even though I know it’s not a bad thing, there’s still a piece of me that thinks that. And I hate that side of me.”

Last Christ­mas, he was read­ing on­line com­ments spec­u­lat­ing about his sex­u­al­ity when he de­cided he’d had enough. “I thought, ‘You f---ing guys are so lucky I’m not ac­tu­ally gay and ter­ri­fied of com­ing out.’ That’s some­thing that kills peo­ple.” He wishes the ru­mors would stop, and he also wishes he didn’t care so much. “Do you like the songs? Do you like me? Who cares if I’m gay?”

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