Shawn Mendes can’t seem to escape rumors about his sexuality, but fans thought he put the gossip to rest this week by coming out of the closet in a tweet that turned out to just be fake news.
A post that looked like it came from the singer’s Twitter account read, “Guys, my sexuality shouldn’t be anyone’s business. Yes, I’m gay and I’m proud.”
Soon, the hashtag #ShawnComingOut started trending, but eagle-eyed fans quickly realized the Twitter account was an imposter, and they were not happy.
i have his notifications on if that was a real tweet i would've seen it. stop assuming his sexuality. just let him be shawn. #ShawnComingOut
— spooky nicole (@safetypinshane) August 30, 2017
— megan (@radiantana) August 30, 2017
Mendes already addressed the rumors last year in a Snapchat video, scolding people for treating the situation as though it would be an insult to be gay.
“Now I’m not frustrated because people were saying that I was gay at all. I have no problem with that because it wouldn’t make a difference to me,” he said in the video. “I’m frustrated because in this day and age people have the audacity to write online that I’m gay as if it were a bad thing.”