Shawn Mendes might not be as innocent as he looks. In a new cover story with Billboard, the singer admits he once hooked up with an older woman.
The 18-year-old says one of his new songs, “Patience,” "is about a girl older than me who I hooked up with, but the next day was so scared because of how young I was. I have a sore spot for older people who are weird around younger people."
He also says he feels weird about being called a sex symbol -- unless, of course, he’s in a relationship. "Being a sex symbol isn't cool unless you're in love with a girl and she calls you a sex symbol," he says.
But as of right now, Shawn says that sex has been “impossible” with his current schedule. He may not be bringing girls back to his bus just yet, but he also wants to be able to grow up without scrutiny. He uses his fellow Canadian, Justin Bieber, as an example of how tough it can be to go from a teen pop star to an adult pop star.
"Stop looking at him in a negative view and accept him as who he is,” Shawn says. “We don't get mad at punk rock bands for doing s*** like [he does], because that's their personality. I just find it very confusing."
Shawn's new album, Illuminate, comes out September 23.
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