Shawn Mendes Thinks People Should Accept Justin Bieber ‘As Who He Is’

by Alisha Jackson

Although we’d love it if he would stay this way forever, 18-year-old singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes may not give off an all-around innocent vibe in the future. Keeping a likable image is a lot harder to maintain than it looks, Billboard has learned from Mendes. For example, the rockstar doesn’t bring back girls to his bus (like any girls), because of potential social media consequences.

Related: That Time Shawn Mendes Was “Casually at a Taylor Swift Birthday Party”

However, Mendes reserves the right to change as he grows, just as he thinks Justin Bieber did. “I don’t mean to bring Justin into things,” he said before defending the pop star’s public mistakes.

“People thought of him as a type of person. But maybe he was the same person the whole time and you guys just didn’t give him a chance to show you who he was. Stop ­looking at him in a ­negative view and accept him as who he is. We don’t get mad at punk rock bands for doing s*** like [he does], because that’s their personality. I just find it very confusing.”

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