Shawn Mendes Pens Encouraging Letter to Fans: “You deserve to follow your heart”

Singer Shawn Mendes took to his Instagram page this week to share a personal story about his journey to fame while encouraging fans to always do what they love — no matter what other people have to say.

In a post featuring a slideshow of Shawn performing on-stage, Shawn revealed the he was bullied in high school for pursuing his dreams, but was lucky enough to have a strong support system who helped him through his tough times.

Shawn wrote:

“I’m thinking about being in 9th grade right now. The day after I posted one of my first covers onto YouTube back in 2014.. at school walking down the hall straight into a group of older guys yelling out “sing for me Shawn sing for me!” In a way that made me feel absolutely horrible… made me feel like a joke, like what I was doing was just stupid & wrong. 


I was lucky though, I had the best friends & the best parents anyone could ask for… no matter what they would never let me stop doing what I LOVED to do just because someone ELSE thought it was stupid. 
It’s not joke to me. To make someone feel bad about doing what they love… every single person deserves to do what makes them feel alive. 


I’m writing this not only to the 15 year old kid who’s scared to follow their heart because of what people might say but also to the 50 year old who may be doing the exact same thing. 


I know it’s not just that easy & I’m not asking you to change your world over night, BUT I want you to know that no matter how old you are, no matter who you are, no matter where you’re from… you deserve to follow your heart

 
Im here & i’m rooting for you”

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I’m thinking about being in 9th grade right now. The day after I posted one of my first covers onto YouTube back in 2014.. at school walking down the hall straight into a group of older guys yelling out “sing for me Shawn sing for me!” In a way that made me feel absolutely horrible... made me feel like a joke, like what I was doing was just stupid & wrong. I was lucky though, I had the best friends & the best parents anyone could ask for... no matter what they would never let me stop doing what I LOVED to do just because someone ELSE thought it was stupid. It’s not joke to me. To make someone feel bad about doing what they love... every single person deserves to do what makes them feel alive. I’m writing this not only to the 15 year old kid who’s scared to follow their heart because of what people might say but also to the 50 year old who may be doing the exact same thing. I know it’s not just that easy & I’m not asking you to change your world over night, BUT I want you to know that no matter how old you are, no matter who you are, no matter where you’re from... you deserve to follow your heart Im here & i’m rooting for you

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Shawn’s post also received some words of encouragement from some of his famous friends, including Niall Horan, who commented: “Couldn’t relate or agree with something more If I tried… we had the last laugh 🤟🤟 “

Meanwhile, Camila Cabello wrote: ” 😭🙌🏼🙌🏼 this is beautiful”

Now, five years later, Shawn is living out his dream on-stage with his Shawn Mendes: The Tour. Shawn is set to play his next show tonight in Milwaukee, before heading to Chicago and St. Louis.

You can find out more about Shawn’s upcoming tour dates and tickets here!


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