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Watch: Fan Asks Shawn Mendes for Help to Come Out, Singer Refuses

Monday Jul 22, 2019
Shawn Mendes performs at the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Shawn Mendes performs at the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.   (Source:AP Photo/Leo Correa)

A video of Shawn Mendes refusing to help a fan come out as bisexual to their parents is making the rounds on social media this week.

During a Q&A session with fans in Oakland, Calif. on July 14, Mendes was recorded explaining why he won't help her come out to her parents.

"I'm bisexual and I haven't told anybody but my parents are very strict and I don't know how to tell them. So, I was wondering if you could do a little video," she can be heard saying.

Mendes tried to offer her support but ultimately explained why he would not help her.

"This is what I want to tell you. Your parents are your parents. They're going to love you no matter what you say — no matter how you say it, no matter how you look when you say it, at any time of the day," Mendes can be heard saying. "Nothing I say is going to mean anything that is even close to what you saying it means to them...You're their world.

"I cannot possibly come close to the amount of joy and happiness that they're going to feel when they find out that you're telling them your truth and you're honest," the "Stitches" singer went on to say. "Don't ask me to do that. I would if I thought that it was a better thing to do but I know in my heart that it's not. I know your parents are going to love you even more for being honest with them."

The response to Mendes has been divided on Twitter, with some folks saying he did the right thing and others feeling the opposite. See some of the replies below.


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