“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.
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
“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.
Why is Shawn's sexuality such a big topic in pop culture?? lmao he makes music and the focus should be on THAT #ShawnComingOut
— megan® (@megsrep) August 29, 2017
Someone also called Mendes an “unproblematic angel,” so bear that in mind, too.
— m (@radiantana) August 30, 2017
#ShawnComingOut the fact that someone made a fake tweet to force a sexuality into someone is disgusting and y'all should be ashamed
— Vale loves Shawn ??? (@Barryftcampbell) August 29, 2017
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: