When the world shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, the music industry was put on pause. Thankfully, Shawn Mendes found a way to use his free time to be creative, and thus, making a whole album.
The star chatted with Zane Lowe on Apple Music about his project, Wonder, set to drop on December 4 and how quarantining in Miami with girlfriend Camila Cabello helped soothe him. "The pandemic that's happening and the isolation and the quarantine has been terrifying and really hard, but something really beautiful for me came out of it, which was, you're not allowed to leave. Stillness," he explained. "I went to Miami and I was living with Camila and her parents and her sister. And I was in panic for the first week being like, 'There's no way I'm going to make an album.; And then when I started to settle in to how nice it is to be in the same place every night, to have a movie time, to cook dinner with her family and to do laundry. I know it all sounds really silly, but when you've been touring the world since you were 15 years old, I don't remember the last time I smelled laundry. It's a nice smell. It's a really calming smell."
"It feels like growing up. That stillness brought a lot of anxiety to the surface that I had to work through," he continued. "And on the other side of that was a real reflective period for me, where I could be like, 'Oh, this is what I've been doing. This is crazy. This is what I can do. This is art. This is bigger than me.' It was the first time I had a chance to even think about someone more than me. It was the first time I had enough space in my heart and my head that wasn't so consumed about how many people were caring about what I was doing or how many, whatever, likes, streams, whatever you want to call it."