Vine star and musician Shawn Mendes rose to fame in 2013, and he has been living in the spotlight ever since. Despite spending so much time in the public eye, there are still some things about the star that many people don’t know. Here, PPcorn present our list of 15 facts you probably didn’t know about Shawn Mendes.
Number Fifteen: He Has a Crush on Emma Watson
Mendes admitted in an interview that he loves Harry Potter. And he found Watson “really badass” as Hermione.
Number Fourteen: He Is Afraid of the Ocean
Mendes said that his biggest fear is being alone in the ocean. There is nothing that scares the Vine star more than being in the ocean by himself.
Number Thirteen: He Carries Around a Stuffed Lion
In a 2014 interview, Mendes said that he still carries around a stuffed animal. The animal is a stuffed lion, and he named it Leo. He said has had it “…for as long as I can remember.”
Number Twelve: He Hates Tomatoes
Mendes finds tomatoes “disgusting,” and he has also said not to eat them because they’re “bad for you.” Some people don’t eat tomatoes because they belong to a class of plants called nightshades. Nightshade plants have been rumored to be associated with chronic diseases, although little scientific information exists to support this claim.
Number Eleven: He Has an Alternate Personality
Mendes has said that his alter-ego is named Benito. He says that he becomes Benito when he has to go into photo shoots and wants to take it all seriously.
Number Ten: He Might Be the New Justin Bieber
Mendes’ debut album topped the Billboard charts, and he set a new record. He is now the youngest artist whose debut album hit the number one spot since – you guessed it – Justin Bieber.
Number Nine: He Toured With Taylor Swift
On her 1989 World Tour, Swift invited Mendes to join her on stage for his birthday. She had more than 60,000 people sing “Happy Birthday” to the star, who was turning 17 years old.
Number Eight: He Is Campaigning for a Self-Esteem Booster on DoSomething.org
Mendes’ mission in life is to stop cyber-bullying and help people boost their own self-esteem through self-empowerment and self-love. He recently launched a project that focuses on positivity.
Number Seven: Shawn Mendes Wants to Live Like Just Another Normal Teenager
He might be guest-starring on shows and doing duets with celebrities, but at the end of the day, Mendes is just another teenager. His Instagram has featured his prom, workouts and other regular things that teenagers do.
Number Six: He Learned How to Play Guitar When He was 13 Years Old
Before he learned how to drive, Mendes was learning how to play the guitar. He has said that he helped teach himself how to play by following YouTube tutorials.
Number Five: He Plays Boom Beach
Just like the rest of us, Mendes is not immune to the addictive qualities of silly apps and games. He says that he plays Boom Beach on his iPad every single night.
Number Four: His Secret to Life Is…
Manuka honey! Mendes says that he believes manuka honey is “magic.” In case you didn’t know, manuka honey is honey from the manuka tree, which is native in Australia and New Zealand. It has often been touted as an alternative medicine.
Number Three: He Has Lost His Wallet More Than 10 Times
And he has broken his phone screen more than five times! Looks like Mendes is either unattached to his belongings or is just really, really clumsy and forgetful.
Number Two: Shawn Mendes Is Not Afraid of Heights, But…
Mendes says he would never bungee jump. Despite the fact that he also says he is not afraid of heights.
Number One: He Is Proud to Be Canadian.
Mendes has said that he believes British Columbia is the “best place on earth.” Thanks for reading!