Canadian pop icon Shawn Mendes is being called homophobic after the release of Rolling Stone interview earlier week in which the singer made some questionable comments. From admitting that his friendship with Hailey Baldwin was more than what it seemed, to talking about how much he loves weed, the interview was definitely full of a lot of interesting facts about the Toronto-born star. Though one comment, in particular, seemed to ruffle a lot of fans' feathers.
Shawn was asked about his sexuality and the growing amount of fans who are convinced the star is either gay or bisexual. Mendes, yet again, denied the rumours which he has done in the past. But it was the way he did it this time that left a lot of fans unsettled.
Some fans believed that the tone of Shawn's denial came off homophobic, considering the star admitted to attempting to be seen publicly with women as often as possible to limit rumours.
Many contrasted his response to Kendall Jenner's who, in the eyes of some fans, handled the rumours a lot more gracefully and wasn't as offensive because she didn't seem to treat the rumours as a negative thing.
Kendall Jenner addressing gay rumors vs Shawn Mendes addressing gay rumors. Secure vs insecure in their sexuality.— Dert (@Backtrack_Rewin) November 26, 2018
Shawn Mendes dropped some subtle homophobia because he's insecure about himself but people want to coddle him. He needs to grow up, honestly. pic.twitter.com/11p5dZQm2i
why does he act like it’s such a bad thing though? keep saying it’s “not a bad thing” yet his actions says otherwise— ✈️ (@mybutterfIy) November 26, 2018
the difference between me and shawn mendes is that society is on his side. my panic when questioning my sexuality was because I was terrified of being gay in a heteronormative society, his panic is that he doesn't want people to perceive him as gay because god forbid he is— Bia (@BnazF) November 27, 2018
Shawn Mendes really did an interview with Rolling Stones saying that he gets panic attacks and cries out of fear of being associated with homosexuality as if he expects us gays to sympathize with him? pic.twitter.com/ck1QTjwOJV— Jérémy Chardonnay (@mizmazeprince) November 26, 2018
I'm with you! I found his comments upsetting. I'm also getting a laugh at how many of his straight girl fans are telling me, a gay man, what homophobia is and isn't! If he was misquoted then he needs say so, but as yet he hasn't denied saying these things— Darly Tee (@TeeDarly) November 27, 2018
Shawn Mendes is tired of being called gay so he came out as homophobic instead pic.twitter.com/JOXCTfy4bz— taylor banks💅🏻 (@MISSWOR1D) November 26, 2018
Fans attempting to rectify the situation on Shawn's behalf mentioned that past interviews done by Rolling Stone, such as one with 5SOS, have the tendency to spin people's words to make the story better. As a result, what Shawn was quoted as saying may not have been what he actually meant.
Rolling stone has a history of doing this to many young performers it has happened previously to Justin Bieber and 5SOS— lea💍💍 (@dontbearuel) November 26, 2018
Shawn even went on his Instagram to tell fans that "sometimes the positive side of things doesn't get told and I wish it had here'' in response to the article.
Regardless, it seems that fans are still quite divided over the tone of his denial. But either way, if there is any bright side to the situation, at least the air is finally clear on the star's sexuality so fans can stop speculating.