- Shawn Mendes spoke to the British GQ for a new interview and said the pressure to be the ‘pinnacle of fitness’ caused him to wake up two hours early so he could exercise.
- The “Wonder” singer said he started this fitness routine for fear of losing fans if he wasn’t physically fit.
- Mendes attributed girlfriend Camila Cabello for helping change his perspective and being more comfortable with his body.
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Shawn Mendes opened up about the pressure he had to have a perfect body, which led him to sacrifice his sleep so he could wake up early and exercise.
“Some days I would have three hours of sleep, [because] I would get up two hours early to be able to exercise, ” the 22-year-old singer told the British GQ in a new interview.
Mendes said the constant need to be the “pinnacle of fitness” had a negative impact on him, and he would think to himself, “If you don’t exercise, you’re going to lose fans.”
The “Wonder” singer, who rose to fame as an Internet personality on the now-defunct Vine app, also said his 2019 Calvin Klein campaign exacerbated his concerns.
He mentioned meditating, keeping a diary, and girlfriend Camila Cabello helped him come to terms with his physique.
Of Cabello, Mendes said her stylish and “empathetic” response to public control of her own body “really changed my view of mine. It really changed my life. ‘
“Taking those extra few hours of sleep, instead of waking up to pump iron, is sometimes a better choice,” said the singer.
Mendes previously discussed his diet and exercise routine in a 2018 interview with Rolling Stone.
“I’m eating tons of carbs,” said the “Treat You Better” singer.
“I just work out a lot, dude. I go to the gym every morning, and I’m obsessed with fitness and just staying active. But I’m not the best to talk about when it comes to diet. When there’s chips in it. in front of me, I’m definitely not going to say no. “