Life always comes full circle. And this is one of those moments! Shawn Mendes paid tribute it one of his closest friends and pop culture phenomenon. Four years ago Shawn Mendes found mainstream success as the opening act for Taylor Swift record-shattering 1989 world tour.
The “We Don’t Talk Anymore” singer, 20, paid tribute to the pop icon and influencer, 29, by penning an essay about her in Time magazine’s Most Influential People of 2019 issue.
He started the essay with love and adoration for T-Swift. Mendes wrote, “I’ve been a Swiftie for as long as I can recall. But it wasn’t until I got to know her that I understood how wonderful a person she truly is.”
Taylor Swift has the innate ability to create music from her ups and downs. Her music is relatable, catchy and a force to be reckoned. Her music is her weapon, her, and her comfort.
“She makes the job of making music for millions of people look extremely easy,” Hailey Bieber’s ex continued. “It all comes from her insane belief in love and magic, and her ability to be as honest and raw as possible when it comes to her feelings. Taylor is the master of putting the perfect amount of thought into not overthinking, and that’s why her music connects so well with people from all over the world.”
The Stitches singer described his time as Taylor’s tour mate, he “quickly understood that the magic of Taylor Swift doesn’t come from the dancers, lights or fireworks (although all of that is amazing) but from the electrifying connection that she has with the fans that are there to see her perform.”
“There’s an overwhelming feeling in the air,” the singer added, describing the electrifying atmosphere of Taylor’s concerts. “The feeling of your heart pounding in your chest with adrenaline— so much so that by the time you get to the song ‘Love Story,’ all your heart wants to do is pick up the phone and text every person you know to say how much you love them. The feeling is so intense; you feel like you could reach out and hold it to keep forever.”
Mendes noted that the “Look What You Made Me Do” singer’s ability to appeal to people from every age group is “so rare and so special.” He concluded the essay by saying, “If there is one thing I want to achieve in my career and life, it’s that.”
The 100 most influential people featured in Time’s annual issue also includes Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Nancy Pelosi, Sandra Oh, Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama, Gayle King, Mahershala Ali, and Chrissy Teigen.
With her record breaking 1989 and Reputation tours behind her, Taylor has moved her focus to her forthcoming seventh album. On Saturday, April 13, the singer launched a countdown clock across her social media accounts and website, and an insider confirmed to Us Weekly that the Shake it off singer will drop her first single from the album on April 26 as hinted.