Shawn Mendes Tells All In New Rolling Stone Cover Story
By Hannah Taheri
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine titled "Confessions of a Neurotic Teen Idol," 20-year-old Canadian pop sensation Shawn Mendes got personal about his insecurities and his feelings about his fame.
Though it may seem crazy for Mendes to have insecurities at a time when he is arguably more popular than ever before, the singer describes himself as having become “extremely neurotic” since becoming a household name. He revealed that he constantly worries about losing his stardom as quickly as he earned it, telling Rolling Stone, “It’s literally my biggest fear, to wake up tomorrow and nobody cares.”
In order to help quiet his racing mind, he shared three rules he follows religiously. He promised himself he will go to the gym every day, take two vocal lessons per day, and never say no to taking selfies with fans. The singer also admitted that when he finds himself getting in his own head, going on stage and performing for crowds of people who love his music makes him feel better.
Furthermore, on the subject of his music, Mendes commented to the magazine that he had a very clarifying moment after releasing his hit ballad, “In My Blood.” As he read through the comments about it on Twitter, he “broke down crying” in his hotel room after seeing how many people related to the deeply personal and vulnerable lyrics. He went on to say that that night he told himself, “[t]his is why you talk about sh*t that is actually real. God, don’t ever…question the feeling of writing the truth again.”
The interview is raw and authentic and serves as a powerful reminder that despite popular opinion, celebrities are not immune to having insecurities and fears. Now that he has found success and emotional support in writing his truth into his music, there is no telling what he is musically capable of in the future.
See Mendes right here at Golden 1 Center when he brings "Shawn Mendes: The Tour" to Sacramento on July 11, 2019!