He explained on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that while he’s had previous crushes on the likes of Jake Gyllenhall and Harry Styles, the openly gay figure skater was now fixated on Mendes. “I was sleeping on Shawn Mendes. I didn’t realize how cute he was,” he said.
So when Rippon arrived at the 2018 Academy Awards clad in his best studded harness, he was determined to meet Mendes, leather or not Ellen was willing to help him.
The skater got his wish — in a post from his Instagram Story, he was seen posing with the singer at an Oscars afterparty. “BRUH” is all Rippon wrote in the caption to let us know how he felt about meeting his crush.
Adam Rippon, March 1: “I was sleeping on Shawn Mendes.”
Adam Rippon, living his best life on March 4: pic.twitter.com/g7yqz1IMc1
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) March 5, 2018
He later tweeted about meeting Mendes, saying, “I planted the seed and I saw the harvest.”
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) March 5, 2018
Rippon also spoke to Ellen about being a positive role model for LGBTQ youth. Watch their interview here: