🎵 @shawnmendes graces the cover of VMAN45, our new Winter 2020/Spring 2021 issue! Photographed by @benhassett and styled by @formichetti, Mendes speaks to @eltonofficial about life in the twilight zone, as well as his fourth studio album #Wonder: https://t.co/5Qrgp5O8p6 pic.twitter.com/Nd8dakA9bZ— VMAN Magazine (@VMAN) November 19, 2020
On the his upcoming collaboration with Justin Bieber:
"Justin and I have never really had a relationship together, and I had this song called “Monster” that I wrote a long time ago. It’s about how society wants to put celebrities up on a pedestal, but as much as they want to do that, they want to celebrate the fall. It was a time when I was really afraid of my industry and afraid of my craft and afraid of everything. I didn’t have control. Everyone else had control over me. I think it just ended up becoming a metaphor for a bigger thing; that we all put pressure on each other as humans to be great, to be perfect. I called Justin and said, "I have this song and it means a lot to me. If it means something seriously to you and you want to put something very real on it, please be a part of this with me." And he did. Since then, we have become closer than ever. Sometimes I think that music comes along for a bigger reason, which, for me in this case is to create a song to inspire people, but to also create a friendship that was never there before."
Shawn also recently sat down for an in-depth interview with Zane Lowe to breakdown his upcoming album and discuss quarantine, self-reflection and how his relationship influenced the album.