Shawn Mendes has opened up about his recent struggles with anxiety in the first single from his eagerly-anticipated third album.
Titled, "In My Blood" the Canadian crooner's King's of Leon-esque track contains lyrics that have had many wondering whether he is okay.
Rising to fame on the social media app, Vine, Mendes's 6-second clips singing pop covers saw him rise to fame within a few years, and at just 19, he is already a bonafide superstar.
But with such success inevitably comes its tradeoffs, as Mendes admitted in a sit-down interview with Billboard.
“I’m really proud of it,” he said. “I think, especially, comparing that to all of my other music – I love all of my other songs, but…it was all kind of more vague topics about a relationship, and this is my first time breaking into something that’s more serious and more about me.”
Mendes was likely referencing the tracks in his first two albums, which mainly contained generic songs about relationships and first loves.
“The concept of this song is about how it feels [when] you’re about to give up, and then you don’t,” he added. “That’s the whole payoff in the chorus section…It’s about something that I think everybody goes through and it’s something that I think people don’t talk about often, especially in music.”
The handsome singer and multi-instrumentalist also spoke to Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe about the rawness of the new track and the anxiety that influenced it.
"It hit me within the last year. Before that, growing up I was a pretty calm kid. Super steady and then I knew people who suffered from anxiety and found it hard to understand until it hits you."
However, Mendes was keen to assure his fans that the song isn't all doom and gloom. "It's not all down. The whole reason I wrote the song was to be like "It's not in my blood to do that."
What do you think of Mendes's new sound? Is it a mature leap from the commercial friendly sound of his first two albums?
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