Shawn Mendes says he and Hailey Baldwin are keeping it in the friend zone

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Ship them all you want, Shawn Mendes says he and Hailey Baldwin were not making their debut as a couple at the Met Gala earlier this month. 

“No, we were not making our big debut,” he tells People.“We were both asked to walk by Tommy Hilfiger.” 

That's not what it looked like to many fans, however, who have been looking for clues to confirm their maybe (or maybe not) romantic relationship. They were photographed embracing in Toronto in December, but if you asked Shawn he'd probably say that was a friendly hug. 

“Obviously Hailey and I are friends, and it was just really cool for me to be able to walk with her because she’s a vet and it was my first year, so it kind of took the pressure off a little bit,” he says of his first Met Gala. “I was thrilled to be able to go with her.”


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His comments are in line with what he told W Magazine as he prepped for the big night.

“We’re really good friends,” he said.“It’s funny, she’s such a pro with this type of stuff. I want it to be amazing for her, so I’ve been trying for the past 24 hours to be really silly so that she stays on. I’m happy to walk with her—she’s amazing.”

Shawn's personal life has oft been under the microscope, with fans also wondering if he's dated Camila Cabello. They were pictured eating pizza together, after all. 

So far he's stayed mum on the specifics of his dating history, however, though there was that one time in June 2016 he was compelled to let his fans know he's not gay.