Shawn Mendes, rumored to be with Hailey Baldwin until right before her engagement to Justin Bieber, has finally expressed his thoughts on their relationship.
Baldwin and Mendes have been linked together many times, and the speculation amped up when the two walked the Met Gala 2018 red carpet together.
Later, however, Mendes ended speculation by asserting that him and Baldwin were just friends. He told W, “We’re really good friends.”
He denied that there was anything more between them, saying he had been playing along with the relationship vibe so that Baldwin could have the full Met Gala experience. He added, “It’s funny, she’s such a pro with this type of stuff. I want it to be amazing for her, so I’ve been trying for the past 24 hours to be really silly so that she stays on. I’m happy to walk with her—she’s amazing.”
Despite this, he admitted that his new album contained one song that was about confessing feelings to someone. He said, “I wrote a song on the new album confessing my feelings for somebody, which I’ve never truly done before. Everything has been about breakup, or hurt, or whether I’ve felt it or not. But I never truly wrote a song about somebody confessing the way I felt, which is a terrifying thing to do.” By saying this, Mendes kept speculation about him and Baldwin truly alive.
Baldwin also denied relationship rumors separately while speaking to The Times UK towards the end of May, saying, “We hang out and he’s super-lovely and a very, very nice young gentleman. But I am single.”
Any doubt fans had about this relationship ended once Baldwin reunited with ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber in June. Weeks later, the two were engaged. Fans looked to Mendes for a reaction immediately, and in a recent interview with The Project on Wednesday, he confirmed that there is no feud between him, Bieber or Baldwin. When asked to pick his favorite Justin between Bieber and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, Mendes picked the latter but emphasized that him and Bieber do not have any harsh feelings towards one another. He explained, “I think I have to say Trudeau, but I love them both. Bieber was a massive influence for me growing up.”
Mendes was also asked about his reaction to Bieber and Baldwin’s lightning-fast engagement, and whether he had any harsh feelings towards the two. He said, “I texted Hailey the day of and I said ‘congrats’ and yeah, that’s what it is, I think everybody wants there to be more…there’s not.”
Mendes is currently on tour for his self-titled album, Shawn Mendes.