Singer Shawn Mendes isn’t afraid to to get honest about his feelings.

Mendes recently sat for an interview with Dax Shepard on his Armchair Expert podcast. The singer revealed his frustrations on the rumors he heard regarding his sexuality.

“It was so, so frustrating for me because there were some people in my life that I was very, very close to… who were gay and in the closet,” he said. “And I felt this real anger for those people.”

He also pointed out that is is “a tricky thing” to comment on the rumors because he doesn’t want to say the wrong thing. “You want to say, ‘I’m not gay but it would be fine if I was gay. But also, there’s nothing wrong with being gay but I’m not’. You don’t really know how to respond to the situation.”

“Everyone’s been calling me gay since In was 15 years old,” said the 22 year old when he looks back on his rise to fame after posting covers on the now dead app Vine. “I’m not gay and I’m like, ‘What does that mean’? I had these problems with the way my voice sounded. I’m like, ‘How do I sit?’ I’m always first to cross my legs and sit with a position of this feminine style and I really suffered with that s—.”

While he revealed that he had to deal with this for years, he acknowledges that people have gone through worse. “I think a lot of guys go through that and, even worse than that, there are so many guys who are gay and in the closet and must be hearing s— like that and being like, ‘I’m terrified to come out’,” he said.

The singer revealed that it is Canadian upbringing may have played a role in who he is. “I didn’t grow up wrestling,” he said. “I grew up getting my hair braided on New Year’s Eve. It just completely depends on the way you grew up in your life and your surroundings.”

After releasing the hit single, “Señorita” with Camila Cabello in the summer of 2019, the two have been dating ever since.

“I’m in a relationship where my girlfriend is like, ‘We’re going to get in bed and you’re going to put your head on my chest and you’re going to cry into my chest,” Mendes revealed about his relationship with Cabello. “You’re going to tell me how you feel because if you don’t do that you’re just going to be an a—— for the next week and I’m not going to deal with that s—. I’m just lucky to be in a relationship that’s for it.”

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On December 7, Mendes released his fourth studio album Wonder along with a Netflix documentary released last month.

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