Shawn Mendes denied a fan’s request to help her come out to her parents as bisexual during a fan Q&A in Oakland, Calif. on July 14.
The fan tells Mendes that she is bisexual and hasn’t told many people. Mendes and the rest of the crowd cheer her on and the fan explains that her parents are very strict. She requests for Mendes to film a video telling her parents that she is bisexual.
“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 replies. “Nothing I say is going to mean anything that is even close to what you saying it means to them. Okay? 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.”
He added, “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.”
— Music News Facts (@musicnewsfact) July 19, 2019
Fans were divided on how they felt about Mendes’ response to the request. Some people felt it was his duty as a celebrity to be supportive of his fans while others didn’t think this type of request was in his job description.
it is. He’s a celebrity that people look up to and with that comes the responsibility to help the people that made you famous in the first place.— Alessia del Perry B (@_katycaralana) July 19, 2019
I don’t remember celebrities being hired to assist their fans in their personal issues. If he doesn’t feel comfortable, then he doesn’t have to oblige, whether or not the fan looks up to him or not. His job is to make his fans happy with his music, his arts and crafts.— andre || #1 art deco stan (@remforeverboy) July 19, 2019
Yeah but how is him recording a video to tell them would make her situation better?? Like if they are strict or conservative they were gonna accept her because Shawn Mendes told them to?? Lmao— karina (@mskarinalemos) July 19, 2019