Shawn Mendes covers the December 2018 issue of Rolling Stone magazine photographed by Ruven Afanador and styled by Tiffany Briseno.
On rumors of him being gay: “I’d like to say I don’t care about it, but that’s not true,” he admits. The biggest concern, Mendes explains, is “this massive, massive thing for the last five years about me being 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 in my heart I know that it’s not a bad thing,” the “Nervous” singer adds. “There’s still a piece of me that thinks that. And I hate that side of me.”
On Taylor Swift texting him just to make sure he was cool with her posting a short clip of the night they were hanging out backstage at her Reputation tour [she put her glittery eye makeup on his face]: He told her it was fine without thinking, but later that night, he woke up in a cold sweat. “I felt sick,” he said. “I was like, ‘Fuck, why did I let her post that?’ I just fed the fire that I’m terrified of.”
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[Photo Credit: Ruven Afanador/Rolling Stone Magazine]