Shawn Mendes Credits Girlfriend Camila Cabello For Overcoming Body Image Issues
Shawn Mendes rose to fame at 15-years-old through the defuncted social media platform Vine. Years later, he is a worldwide pop sensation but even he falls victim to body image issues. Just goes to show that even famous men have problems with their own bodies.
Shawn Mendes is a certified hottie and that is just a fact.
The “Treat You Better” singer has made men and women swoon around the world with his classical good looks and stunning physique. The Canadian singer-songwriter has been a heartthrob since he broke into the pop music scene and his fans are not letting him down anytime soon.
Yet, Mendes recently admitted that he struggled with body image issues.
In an interview with British GQ, Mendes admits that he struggled with maintaining a healthy body image and self-confidence. The stress of fame and the constant public attention fed into Mendes’ own self-confidence and body image issues.
“‘“If you don’t work out, you’re going to lose fans,’” Mendes told British GQ about what he would tell himself.
The “Wonder” artist would get up two hours early to be able to work out.
Mendes admitted that he would sacrifice sleep and his own health to get the body he thought everyone wanted to see. His Calvin Klein campaign added to his body image issues because of the cultural impact of Calvin Klein campaigns.
Mendes recalled his loved ones helping him by saying, “You are not your body. You are not your voice. You are not your songs. You are you and people love you because of you.”
Mendes thanks his girlfriend, Camila Cabello, for helping him on his journey of self-love.
Mendes saw Cabello’s own strength in the face of body shaming. Cabello faced an onslaught of body shaming that dwarfed what he was feeling and going through.
“So strong, so clear and confident with her [body] and so articulate and empathetic about other people’s,” Mendes told British GQ about Cabello. “and it really changed my view of mine. It really changed my life.”
Quarantine has become a chance for Mendes to figure who he wants to be.
Mendes wants to show the world another side of him, which is his vulnerable side. He wants men to understand there’s a difference between being obsessed with your abs and being healthy.
You can read the rest of the British GQ interview here.