Shawn Mendes apologized for some old racially insensitive posts as he was asked about the tweets by a fan during a tour Q&A session.
The fan in question was eager to know why Mendes had never addressed the posts in question, which have now seemingly been deleted.
She said in a clip shared on social media, “This is kind of a hard question. I don’t want you to take an offence to it at all.
“I just kind of wanted to do it for black Twitter, black Shawn stans everywhere out there. Um, in the past there is a lot of kind of ignorant tweets I guess I could say. Why has it never been acknowledged? Or why has there never been anything about it?
“We just kind of want to know because we get a lot of hate for supporting you, knowing that this is your past.”
Mendes replied, “Yeah of course. A lot of things just need to be moved on from, but I also think that the things that [you] saw, like I had friends when I was 14 who would like take my phone and post things of them because they thought it was funny that I had like 2,000 followers and it was this big thing, and they’d post photos of themselves and at the time I was just like not thinking about it.
“I had no idea I was going to have 50 million followers, which doesn’t make it any better. But um, yeah totally I apologize for everything insensitive I said in the past, but with that being said yeah I think that’s not my personality.”
According to PopBuzz, the old tweets included one that read: “I can see the black coming out in you Lauren!” in response to a friend’s message. They were said to have been posted in 2013 during Mendes’ Vine days.
On Saturday, Mendes posted an apology on his Instagram Stories, admitting he “posted some racially insensitive comments on social media when I was younger, and I am so sorry.”
He added: “I apologize wholeheartedly for what was said & understand how offensive those posts were.There is no place for comments like that, and those words do not represent who I am. I stand for complete inclusivity, equality, & love.”
ET Canada has contacted Mendes’ rep for comment.