Singer Shawn Mendes has opened up about his relationship with Hailey Baldwin, who he was dating just before she got engaged to Justin Bieber. Mendes told Patrick Doyle for Rolling Stone that it was complicated.

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“I don’t even wanna put a title on it,” he said. “I think it was more of a zone of limbo.” The two were dating casually because of the distance, but they still spent Halloween and Christmas together last year and went together as a couple at the MET gala this May. In June, Baldwin got together with Bieber and would get engaged a month later.

“I get it, you know,” he said of Baldwin’s decision to rekindle things with Bieber and then ultimately permanently commit to him. “I texted Hailey, ‘Congratulations,’ [when they got engaged] and I really am happy for them. She’s still one of the fucking coolest people ever—she’s not just a beautiful person visually, but she’s one of the most beautiful hearts I’ve ever met.”

Later Doyle wrote about the conversation he had with Mendes: “It seems like he might be about to say something more about how it all went down, but he stops himself. ‘I think I’m an idiot to not, you know…But you can’t control your heart.'”

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Shawn has admitted that he feels that there’s a pressure to date women in the public eye, because of recent rumors that he is gay. “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,” he said. “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.”

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