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Shawn Mendes Introduces Us To His Alter Ego Benito

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For a sweet 16-year-old from Pickering, posing for photoshoots doesn’t come naturally. Even when he is one of the biggest up and coming stars from this year. Shawn Mendes may have had a crash course in being in front of the camera but it is still tough.

Luckily he has someone by his side. But not literally. Shawn has an alter-ego who he channels when he feels awkward. When he came through Much recently, we had to get to the bottom of this.

“He’s like a Spanish model who always has his hair slicked back really tight and is always doing smoky eyes and is like the best model in the land. I’m so awkward and I really feel weird in front of cameras especially when I’m supposed to be posing and stuff for it. I’m like, “Okay. You know what Shawn. Right now you’re not Shawn. You are Benito. Let’s get into it,'” Shawn said. “I put my second face on and I have to pretend that I’m a model and that I have been doing this or I won’t be able to get through it.”

His latest single, “Something Big” is our jam! As you can guess, that song came out of a great time in his life.

“I wrote it on the tour bus and I was sort of at the time high on life as I would say.” he said. “I was like, ‘This is my first tour. I’m performing in front of like 5000 people a night. This is like the craziest thing that I have ever done in my life. Five months ago I was not even doing anything close to this.’ I was like, ‘I’m going to write a song about how exciting life is right now.'”

“I really hope the message of the song comes across like, ‘Hey, if you want something and you are positive and you really work heard top get it and you don’t let anything get in your way you will get that thing,” he shared.

Check out the clip below for more.

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