• Shawn Mendes apologized to Sam Smith after using the wrong pronouns.
  • Sam has since accepted Shawn’s apology.

    Shawn Mendes publically acknowledged his mistake after introducing Sam Smith using the incorrect pronouns at iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball on Thursday. Sam identifies as non-binary and uses the pronouns “they, them, and theirs,” and Shawn misgendered them at the live concert.

    “Oh @samsmith I’m so sorry for referring to you as a ‘he’ for your jingle ball introduction,” Shawn wrote on his Instagram Story on December 11. “It absolutely slipped my mind. Wont happen again … Sending you so much love ! Also you absolutely are one of the funniest people I’ve ever met ! ❤️❤️.”

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    Sam quickly accepted his apology and wrote on Instagram, “We’re all learning together ? ? Happy holidays, all my love xx.” It’s refreshing to see a Hollywood mishap settled so… respectfully. Shawn messed up and said sorry and Sam accepted his apology. The end. No drama.

    In September 2019, Sam announced that they identify as non-binary:

    “Today is a good day so here goes. I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM ❤ after a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out,” they wrote. “I’m so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I’ve been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think but fuck it! I understand there will be many mistakes and mis gendering but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you. P.s. I am at no stage just yet to eloquently speak at length about what it means to be non binary but I can’t wait for the day that I am. So for now I just want to be VISIBLE and open. If you have questions and are wondering what this all means I’ll try my best to explain but I have also tagged below the human beings who are fighting the good fight everyday. These are activists and leaders of the non binary/trans community that have helped me and given me so much clarity and understanding.”

    Much love to these two icons.

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