Shawn Mendes on Getting to Play Role of Gay Teen in ‘Love, Simon’
“There’s nothing wrong with being gay but I’m not.” Mendes said.
Shawn Mendes had said that he would have wanted to portray the lead character in Love, Simon, a gay teen romance.
During an interview with Elvis Duran, the presenter asked Mendes whether rumors about him auditioning for the leading role were real. In response, the Canadian singer/songwriter said, “I would’ve liked to.”
“Unfortunately, the timing didn’t work out, but that would’ve been amazing,” he added.
The film is historically noteworthy as the first major-studio adolescent rom-com to include a gay protagonist, based on Becky Albertalli’s novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and follows 17-year-old Simon Spier as he comes to grips with his sexuality.
The part went to actor Nick Robinson, who, perhaps not coincidentally, looks like Mendes’s brother. The singer informed Duran that he admired Robinson’s performance and termed Love, Simon a “great, fantastic movie,” even though it was an anxious moviegoing experience for him.
Mendes on going to watch Love, Simon said, “Watching last night, Nick just did an incredible job and it was really amazing.”
“Except for the fact that I was freaking out every two minutes, checking my phone, because [“In My Blood”] was coming. I thought going to a movie would be a relaxing thing to do. The opposite!”
Shawn Mendes has been suffering gay rumors for years
The 24-year-old singer has endured homosexual accusations for years. Mendes has insisted that he is straight, publishing Snapchat videos in which he blasts individuals who labeled him gay. The rumors resurfaced on Thursday.
This time, it was because the official Twitter account for the film Love Simon published a message. “Dear Shawn, There’s nothing holding me back. Love, Simon,” the now-deleted tweet stated.
Some Twitter users were amused, joking that it “outed” Mendes, while others were offended, calling the remark detrimental and rude.
Mendes stated that the constant speculations about his sexuality have been “frustrating” to bear and have caused him to suffer.
Mendes told Dax Shepard on his Armchair Expert podcast, “It was so, so frustrating for me because there were some people in my life that I was very, very close to who were gay and in the closet. And I felt this real anger for those people.”
Mendes stated that it is “tricky” for him to remark on the sexuality speculations and that he never knows how to respond to such circumstances.
“You want to say, ‘I’m not gay, but it’d be fine if I was gay. But also, there’s nothing wrong with being gay but I’m not,” Mendes added. However, there is nothing wrong with being yourself.
Mendes clarified to Shepard that these allegations had been around for a long time as everyone’s been calling him gay since he was around 15 years old.
Shawn’s gay rumors resurfaced after his breakup with Camilla Cabello
Mendes and Camila Cabello announced the end of their two-year romance, sending a meteorite falling through the LGBTQ world — or, at the very least, gay Twitter.
Mendes is straight, although speculations regarding his sexuality have circulated for years. The subject has always piqued the interest of the LGBT community, and his breakup did little to calm gossipers and defenders.
People have shared memes on social media, many joking about gay guys rushing to the heartthrob’s home now that he’s single.
Google searches for “Shawn Mendes gay” reached a three-year high when news of the couple’s split broke.
Paramore’s Hayley Williams Has Over 10 Tattoos Inked on Her Body
All are personal and meaningful to Hayley Williams.
For some people, getting tattoos is the best way to express themselves.
The same is the case of the Paramore singer Hayley Williams. Williams has over 10 body ink, and she once said that she only inked something that was personal to her.
She admitted that she only had weird tattoos, and they mainly were inside jokes. She said, “I mostly have only weird tattoos. They’re all inside jokes, and I’m always getting something that’s personal to me.”
Hayley Williams.#tattoos pic.twitter.com/PQSBfeLhFk— Sad Girl (@jakii_santos) October 6, 2014
Here are all the tattoos Williams has and the meaning behind them.
The cover-up tattoo of her ex
The Paramore singer was in a long-time relationship with Chad Gilbert. The pair started dating in late 2007, engaged on December 25, 2014, and married on February 20, 2016.
During their relationship, Williams got the initials of his name — CEG — tattooed across three fingers. What was a sign of love to the singer soon became a sign of regret after she and Gilbert divorced on July 1, 2017.
14. three black squares: covers up the initials of her ex-husband 🙂 pic.twitter.com/mAwjckKuVS— grace 🦀 (@kvllthedj) May 5, 2021
Gilbert had cheated on Williams, and hence, the two parted ways for good. Williams did not want to see her CEG tattoos anymore, so she covered them with three black squares in February 2018.
Related to her band, Paramore
Williams has been the lead singer of Paramore for almost two decades. As a result, she has a couple of tattoos dedicated to the band.
One of them is the logo of the band, a box with three lines, which is inked on the inner side of her left wrist. All the members of Paramore have this matching tattoo.
Williams’s left wrist has two more tattoos. One is a line that resembles two teeth with a gap in between.
Hayley Williams has a couple of tattoos dedicated to her band, Paramore. (Source: Instagram)
The second is the letters “AL,” which stands for their album, ‘After Laughter.’ Another body ink related to the band is Williams’s “WARPED!” tattoo with a cloud and lightning behind her ear.
She got it to represent the storm she experienced on the Cleveland Warped Tour. On the inner side of her right ankle, she has a tattoo of a heart surrounded by patches.
1. the razor tattoo: the guys would bug her to shave her legs on tour pic.twitter.com/hWYkruVMa5— grace 🦀 (@kvllthedj) May 5, 2021
Above it are the letters HHT and a pink razor blade with a banner that reads, “SHAVE ME.” HHT stands for Hurting Hearts Tour, and the razor blade is a tribute to the time she toured with her bandmates.
Hayley Williams’ “favorites” tattoo
Willams has a lot of tattoos of her favorites, like her favorite motto, quote, or song lyrics. On her wrists, she has the words, “Accentuate the positive / Eliminate the negative” with a heart.
The lines are lyrics from the Johnny Mercer song, ‘Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive,’ one of Williams’ favorites. Similarly, she has TCB inked on the back of her left arm with a lightning bolt.
Photo: Hayley Williams presenting one of her tattoos! pic.twitter.com/AiJqqL2BAM— Paramore News (@paramorenetnews) January 10, 2015
TCB stands for “Takin’ Care of Business,” the motto of Elvis Presley and the TCB band. Presley is Williams’s idol, and hence, it was a way for her to pay tribute to her idol.
Hayley Williams’ other tattoos
Williams has a matching tattoo with her sister, Erica, which they got on Erica’s 18th birthday. It is on the front of her right leg and is an art of “Mirthmobile” car from Wayne’s World that is diving into a rose.
Williams has tattoos of flowers on the left side of her midriff. It is dedicated to her two sisters, McKayla and Erica.
On her right thigh, she has a tattoo of a solid black cross, and above that, she has inked a hand holding ribbons and an envelope with red and black colors. The cross represents her faith, and the envelope represents long-distance letters and calls.
Williams and Dakotah Rae, her best friend, have a matching tattoo of an outline of a heart on their wrists.
Ethan Payne’s Weight Loss Helped Him Become an Endurance Athlete
Ethan Payne’s journey is quite inspiring!
Ethan Payne, best known as Behzinga, has had one of the most drastic weight loss transformations.
Behzinga is one of the founding members of the Sidemen, who started gaming as a teenager. He channeled all his energy into gaming, which aided in weight gain.
Soon, he became famous and was appreciated for his humor and gaming skills. However, since he used to weigh a lot, he had become the subject of fun multiple times.
As a result, he started working out excessively in 2018. By two years, he had a massive weight loss — he lost over 79 pounds.
Soon, Behzinga transformed into an endurance athlete from a mere gamer.
Ethan Payne’s weight loss journey
Behzinga talked about his journey to become an endurance athlete on his YouTube Original series, How To Be Behzinga.
He had always aspired to shed weight, but seeing KSI transform drastically for his match with Joe Weller inspired him. He said, “Seeing KSI step in the boxing ring against Joe Weller and seeing the transformation he made – not just physically but mentally – that was inspiring.”
He wanted to find a purpose like that and decided to feel good about himself. He woke up the following morning dedicated to changing his lifestyle.
He changed his diet and did not have a cheat meal for six months. Similarly, he only drank water and cut off junk from his diet.
Behzinga pushed his weight loss journey by tasking himself to run for the London Marathon for Teenage Cancer Trust. This helped him be focused on training himself.
“Two years ago if you’d have told me I’d be running a marathon I’d have laughed in your face,” he said. “If you told me I’d be doing the stuff I’ve done in this doc, I would have said you’re crazy.”
Ethan Payne, aka Behzinga, underwent a massive weight loss journey from 2018 to 2020. (Source: Instagram)
But Behzinga pushed himself, and soon, he became an endurance athlete. He trained with 2017 World’s Strongest Man, Eddie Hall, who helped him work out and exercise.
And voila! The YouTuber had a massive weight loss transformation and soon shed 79 pounds.
Behzinga’s diet and workout
Behzinga’s diet and workout routine were the main reasons behind his weight loss. Before, his diet included coco pops, Wagamama katsu curry, spicy rice & peri chips, Butterfly chicken, Nandos, Coca-Cola, Pringle tubes, and Haribo Straws.
But now, he eats porridge, granola, chicken, rice, mixed vegetables, beef, and protein shakes. He also takes supplements like fish oils, pre-workout shakes, and multivitamins.
However, he still craved food and his comfort diet. He distracted himself and kept himself busy so that he would not attempt to stray away from his healthy lifestyle.
He said, “Whether it’s video games, admin, or sending emails, I always try to keep busy. But you also need to ensure your meals are satisfying you.”
Similarly, Behzinga’s workout regime consists of weight lifting and cardio. He said, “I’ll get my cardio done in the mornings, that’s the first thing I get done. In the afternoon then I’ll lift weights – and I’ll follow a push-pull-legs program.”
On Mondays, he works on his chest, shoulders, and triceps, whereas on Tuesdays, he works on his back and biceps. On Wednesdays, he does leg workouts and rests on Thursdays.
On Fridays, he pushes; on Saturdays, he pulls; and on Sundays, he works on his legs again. Usually, he takes a rest from the gym on each fourth day.
All in all, Behzinga’s weight loss journey is mostly aided by his diet and workout regime.
Madison Beer Candidly Talks about Her Sophomore Album ‘Silence Between Songs’
Madison Beer’s new album, ‘Silence Between Songs,’ is on the way.
American singer Madison Beer recently provided an enticing glimpse into her sophomore album titled Silence Between Songs.
Beer, known for her aversion to silence and the need for constant noise, has taken a different approach with her upcoming album, Silence Between Songs.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, she said, “Those moments between the noise are when you’re able to reflect. I was able to gain a better perspective. That’s where these records came from.”
Likewise, Beer shared that the process of creating the album was seamless as she reflected upon significant growth and challenges in her life.
Madison Beer’s ‘Silence Between Songs’ album behind the scenes. (Source: Instagram)
She discloses that the album features poignant tracks exploring her emotional and personal experiences intimately. She acknowledges that fans who have delved into her memoir, ‘The Half of It,’ will approach the album with an enhanced comprehension and a clearer perspective of her profound journey.
Among the tracks on her album Silence Between Songs, Beer presents a poignant and deeply personal composition inspired by her younger brother Ryder. This heartfelt song explores the profound impact of her choices and musical journey on his upbringing and their relationship.
Fulfilling a long-held aspiration, Beer beautifully captures their bond with vulnerable lyrics such as “I always left you out, you still loved me somehow.”
Moreover, in her forthcoming album, the singer divulges the presence of a track that delves into the complicated and painful relationship she shared with her father throughout her life.
However, she recognizes that this relationship has significantly shaped her as an individual. Despite the hurt caused by certain actions, Beer emphasizes her enduring love and acceptance for her father.
In addition to reflecting on her family and personal experiences on the album, Beer took a moment to showcase her alluring and seductive side. She revealed there is even a “musically intricate and kind of strange” track that was inspired by the Beatles and the Beach Boys.
Recently, the singer posted a picture of herself and announced that her album, Silence Between Songs, would be released on September 15, 2023. She also shared that her single, ‘Home to Another One,’ was scheduled for release on Friday.
Beer expressed her overwhelming emotions, stating, “I can’t believe I’m finally saying this, tears in my eyes trying to articulate how I feel. the closer it gets, the more we’ll talk about it, but I am just so excited to release this record. I’m so excited for it to be yours. I’ll find more words soon…, :’) for now… SEPTEMBER 15TH!!!!!!!”
Following the post, an outpouring of congratulations flooded in from Beer’s fans and friends. Leah Kate, one of her friends, commented, “Oh my god, I’m so proud,” expressing her excitement and support. Additionally, one of her devoted fans exclaimed, “I cannot believe it’s actually happening,”
Before announcing the release date of her album, the singer built anticipation by sharing a BTS of her new album on May 20, 2023. Additionally, on May 24, 2023, she unveiled a teaser of her single, ‘Home to Another One,’ accompanied by a caption that read, “HOME TO ANOTHER ONE, one-week pre-save in bio.”
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