Shawn Mendes revealed in a interview that he struggles with the spotlight.
The teenager first made a name for himself in 2013, when he started posting clips of himself singing on social video app Vine.
He signed a record deal in 2014 and has since had hits with tracks such as Stitches and I Know What You Did Last Summer with Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello.
While he is enormously grateful for his musical success, Shawn told Flaunt magazine in a new interview that going through his difficult teenage years in the spotlight was anything but easy.
“Having people watch you and judge you on everything you do – it makes it a lot harder,” he told the magazine. “It’s definitely made me grow up faster than I would have. I feel like, what? 23 sometimes in an 18-year-old body.”
Shawn’s songwriting talent has set him apart from his peers, with fans impressed with his ability to channel his emotions into his tunes. And love is the emotion that Shawn loves writing about the most.
“Love is probably the strongest emotion that you can feel. It’s very natural – and I wouldn’t want to say easy – but natural and comfortable to write about, and there’s so many different forms of it, millions of layers, you could write forever about it,” he said.
His upbringing also encouraged him to remain honest in his songs, with Shawn explaining: “My family, growing up, all my cousins, all of us, we all spoke about how we were feeling, it wasn’t a hide your emotions type family.”
Being honest and real is of vital importance to Shawn. While he is inspired by other songwriters and musicians, he always ensures he leads by his own example when it comes to actually putting pen to paper.
“The second you start trying to write about things that other people want to hear, it’s not as honest as it should be,” he said. “If you have good intentions and your heart is in the right place then you’re gonna be okay, I’m trying to stay as real as I possibly can.”
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