On Sunday night, shortly after his performance at the 2017 Music Video Awards, a fake tweet began circulating that Shawn Mendes had come out as gay.
The tweet, which appeared to come from the musician’s official Twitter account, stated: “Guys my sexuality shouldn’t be anyone’s business. yes, i’m gay and i’m proud.”
While it’s now clear that the tweet was fake, details on its origin are still sketchy. Some sources claim that it originated as a photoshopped image of an official tweet, others say Shawn’s Twitter account was hacked, and that hackers posted the tweet without his knowledge.
As of the time of this post, the tweet in question neither appears on Shawn’s Twitter account, nor does any reaction from the singer to the controversy.
Regardless of the origin of the “coming out” tweet, it quickly became clear that the Mendes Army wouldn’t be so easily fooled after the hashtag “#ShawnComingOut” started to spread.
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
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
— m (@radiantana) August 30, 2017
Not only did Shawn Mendes not come out, last year he took the time to address previous gay rumors via Snapchat.