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Someone hacked Shawn Mendes’ Twitter to write a fake coming out message. Guess how fans reacted?

“Guys, my sexuality shouldn’t be anyone’s business. Yes, I’m gay and I’m proud.”

The tweet turned up on Canadian pop star Shawn Mendes’ official Twitter account on Sunday night, shortly after his performance at the 2017 Music Video Awards.

From the look of it, the “Mercy” singer was coming out as gay — news that immediately spawned a #ShawnComingOut hashtag.

But as you can no doubt imagine, his account had been hacked and the message was written by an imposter; a swindler. And it looks as though sleuthing fans saw right through the ruse right away.

“Just let him be Shawn” was, in fact, the overall consensus among his fanbase. Focus on the music, his fans clamor. Let it move your body. Let it go ahead and stir your soul, in fact.

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Someone also called Mendes an “unproblematic angel,” so bear that in mind, too.

While Mendes has yet to react to the fake Tweet, he’s addressed rumors about his sexuality in the past. In June 2016, he took to Snapchat to voice his frustration:

h/t: j-14

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