Shawn Mendes is not covering anything up when it comes to his new album “Illuminate”.
ET Canada recently sat down with the 18-year-old Canadian heartthrob to talk about the new album, released on September 23, which has already debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, similar to his first album “Handwritten”.
Speaking to his new, more mature sound, Mendes says, “I never want to hide what is going on in my life with my music.” He adds, “What I’m writing about in ‘Illuminate’ is truthfully what’s happening in my life.”
Praising his fans, he adds, “Since day one, my fans and I have been very close in age. As I’m becoming 18, so are they, so nothing is any less relatable.”
“Illuminate” gives fans a closer look at the star’s love life, a topic which he had to defend after being questioned online about his sexuality. Speaking about more intimate moments in his music, he says, “It’s just like an actor having to do a scene with another actor even though they’re married. It’s about the art of it.”