Photographed by Matt Jones, singer Shawn Mendes covers the June/July 2016 issue of Seventeen magazine. Connecting with the magazine, the 17 year-old talks fame and music. Dishing on the dark side of fame, Mendes confesses, “Drugs and stuff scare the s***out of me. I’m not just saying that. I have a thing where if I’m not in control, I feel the whole world is about to collapse. So it’s just not worth it.”
Shawn Mendes Seventeen Photo Shoot
Changing the subject and discussing his upcoming album, Mendes explains it as a “mix of pop and like a John Mayer–and–Ed Sheeran acoustic feel all in one. My friends and I think John Mayer is this music god who we’ve grown up learning from.” The 17 year-old continues, “I’m going to keep writing until I feel I’m ready to release the album. I have songs about growing up, about ex-relationships—ex-relationship, I should say. I haven’t had relationships. A couple of songs about relationships with girls since fame.” Read more on Seventeen.com.