Shawn Mendes finally has revealed that whatever was going on between him and Hailey Baldwin prior to her marriage with Justin Bieber was not just friendship.

Yep, we know what you’re thinking. Shawn initially decided to keep the nature of his relationship with the model under wraps. He openly said that there was nothing between him and her and they were just friends.

However, in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Mendes has confirmed that they were more. The Lost in Japan singer said that what he had with Hailey was more than a friendship but not a relationship. As complicated as that sounds, we’ve all been there, done that.

“I don’t even wanna put a title on it. I think it was more of a zone of limbo,” said Mendes. Shawn Mendes is opening up about this tidbit about his almost existent dating life only now. Now that Hailey is no more Hailey Baldwin but Hailey Bieber, ya know.

Before Justin and Hailey dropped their relationship and then engagement and then marriage bombs, Hailey’s name was linked to Shawn’s. They hung out at concerts together and then even were seen as a couple at the Met Gala earlier this year. What’s more, they also posted several pictures featuring them together on Instagram.

But when questioned back then, the 20-year-old had told W Magazine “We’re really good friends.” Even though sources had confirmed that were dating and hanging out a lot, Hailey had also replied in the negative when asked about their relationship status.

The problem though? People think Shawn Mendes is gay despite him having cleared that he is, in fact, not. So, what’s wrong if things didn’t work out between him and Hailey? And what’s wrong if he is just best friends with Camila Cabello? He does not need and should not need a girlfriend to prove his sexual identity.

“In the back of my heart, I feel like I need to go be seen with someone – like a girl – in public, to prove to people that I’m not gay. Even though in my heart I know that it’s not a bad thing. There’s still a piece of me that thinks that. And I hate that side of me,” Shawn told Rolling Stone.

Mendes also said that he had instantly regretted allowing Taylor Swift to post a video of him with glittery makeup on. That just further fueled the rumors that called him gay. People need to love Shawn for who he is without caring at all about his love life.

Why is he not with a girlfriend though? Because he does not feel the need to be with someone until he is not truly interested. In a previous interview, Mendes had said, “Of course, seeing all those other artists and people in relationships, you think, ‘Maybe it would be nice; who would be great for me?’”

He had further added, “And that’s when you realize: “This is wrong. Let it be. I’m not supposed to be with anyone right now.’” In his new interview, he also told Rolling Stone that he scolds himself for thinking he needs to be with someone just to be like everyone else. To have paparazzi surrounding him and all.

Shawn said, “I had this thought: ‘I have to get paparazzied with someone. Who am I gonna get? I’m not relevant.” Well, while Shawn Mendes might not know it, we really love him not only for his dope music but also for being absolutely genuine – a quality that is very rare these days. Here’s to hoping he finds love that lasts with someone who deserves him!