7 Things We Learned From Shawn Mendes' 'Rolling Stone' Interview

His dating life, his hard-to-define relationship with Hailey Baldwin, his friendship with Taylor Swift, his insecurities, his sexuality -- Shawn Mendes laid it all out there in his most recent interview, and it's a vulnerable, uncensored look into the pop star's head as he tries to figure himself out.

For Rolling Stone's current cover story, Mendes invited the magazine along to Portugal, where his father's family is from, and the conversations that transpired on the trip address some of the most prodding questions he's been asked since his "Stitches" became a career-launching hit in 2015. He talked about smoking weed and why he loves it; he talked about dating, and how he has "no game." He also talked about how he's uncomfortable with the constant fascination the public seems to have with his sexuality.

Below, here's a brief rundown on what we learned from Mendes' most recent cover story.

The thought of becoming irrelevant freaks him out: Mendes is the first person to admit that he does pay attention to social media and whether or not the press is keeping tabs on him. “It’s literally my biggest fear, to wake up tomorrow and nobody cares,” he said.

He congratulated Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber on their engagement: Mendes and Baldwin attended the 2018 Met Gala together, relationship rumors started swirling -- and promptly stopped when Baldwin got back together with her ex, Justin Bieber, and got engaged shortly following their reconciliation. He's spoken about texting Baldwin after hearing the news of her engagement before, but went into further detail about his friend: “I texted Hailey, ‘Congratulations,’ and I really am happy for them. She’s still one of the f--king coolest people ever -- she’s not just a beautiful person visually, but she’s one of the most beautiful hearts I’ve ever met...I think I’m an idiot to not, you know...but you can’t control your heart.”

Ed Sheeran thinks he's one of the greatest dudes in music, period: Sheeran states it plain: Mendes is a nice guy and he absolutely doesn't have to be, which makes him all the nicer, really. “He had the opportunity to be a dick, ’cause he was so young and so famous,” Sheeran told Rolling Stone. “But he’s genuinely one of the nicest guys in the industry.”

He has a daily routine, and it only has three rules: The first two are pretty standard -- hit the gym every single day; take two vocal lessons per day -- but the third? Always pose for selfies with fans.

His romantic side is very much a work in progress: He's good looking, sure, but Mendes admits that works against him to a certain extent as he has "no game." “There’s less we have to do because of the good hair,” he said. “But being good-looking doesn’t make you have game.”

Marijuana helps him out, creatively: Again, he's real straightforward, this time about the benefits of marijuana and its impact on his songwriting. “I love weed,” he admitted. “It’s really good for me. When I’m home, I’ll smoke and then play guitar for seven hours." (In the same breath he revealed he'd be down to try shrooms, and that those would also "help [him] a lot.")

He's upset by people making assumptions about his sexuality: Mendes isn't gay, but rumors about his sexuality have gotten to him in a way that makes him uncomfortable -- mostly because he's uneasy about the obsession people seem to have with who he dates and how they identify. “In the back of my heart, I feel like I need to go be seen with someone -- like a girl -- in public, to prove to people that I’m not gay,” he explained. “Even though in my heart I know that it’s not a bad thing. There’s still a piece of me that thinks that. And I hate that side of me.”

After reading comments on YouTube further speculating his sexuality in Dec. 2017, he got on Snapchat and set the record straight: “I noticed a lot of people were saying I gave them a ‘gay vibe,’” he said. “First of all, I’m not gay. Second of all, it shouldn’t make a difference if I was or wasn’t.”

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