Amidst a barrage of rumors about his sexuality, Shawn Mendes has denied reports that he is gay. 

Following his duet with Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello, Mendes was badgered with hearsay on his relationship status with Cabello. After noticing a lot of YouTube commenters speculating on his sexuality, the 17-year-old addressed the online chatter in an extended Snapchat story.  “First of all, I’m not gay,” Mendes responds. “Second of all, it shouldn’t make a difference if I was or if I wasn’t.”

Mendes continues on to say: 

“Now I know 99% of you guys aren't making assumptions like this but this is just for the 1% of you that are. I just want you guys to know before you judge someone on the way they speak or act to think 'Hey, maybe I shouldn't be judging someone" or "Wait, it actually doesn't even matter.' They can do or be or feel however they want to feel.”

After watching Mendes' Snapchat video, revisit a Fuse interview with Mendes where he talks about interacting with his fans.