Shawn Mendes recently came out of the closet—as a cannabis smoker. Rolling Stone published a revealing profile of the accurately described “neurotic teen idol,” where the singer-songwriter dished about rumors involving his sexuality and a past romance with Hailey Baldwin, a.k.a. Justin Bieber’s wife.
Though Mendes also addressed battling anxiety and touring with Taylor Swift, it was his newfound love of cannabis that has his fans flabbergasted.
“I love weed,” Mendes told the magazine. “I wouldn’t tweet that—not yet, at least—but it’s really good for me. When I’m home, I’ll smoke and then play guitar for seven hours.”
The article’s best quotes come when Mendes reveals how much he wanted to try shrooms in Amsterdam. “I want to so badly,” he said. “I think it would help me a lot.” Whether Mendes opted not to try mushrooms because it could hurt “his squeaky-clean image,” however, was not divulged.
But maybe that isn’t far from the truth because some fans lost their minds upon hearing this news.
Please don't go down the wrong path Shawn
— Sweetheart Don't Cry 🌈 (@mndswlfhrdswft) November 26, 2018
I am shocked and I’m still to believe how true this is, but he is a human, he is allowed to do what the fuck he wants. Weed is leagalised in Canada and we all know how much shawn struggles with anxiety, so we have to let him be, just think of it as a medical use.🤷🏼♀️ @ShawnMendes pic.twitter.com/Yq23SryfRT
— Laura ♡ (@shawnyboyy98) November 26, 2018
Others, however, were quick to defend Mendes.
lmfao these 12yr olds having breakdowns because shawn mendes said he smokes weed for anxiety meanwhile their other favs are railing lines of coke in public i can’t
— elijah daniel (@elijahdaniel) November 27, 2018
Shawn: I smoke weed
*everyone is this fandom under 15 * pic.twitter.com/Aj4KEOUYET
— Hannah ♡ (@shawnminnesota) November 26, 2018
Maybe try weed and playing guitar for seven hours? You might feel better.