Shawn Mendes Clears Up Misconception About ‘There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back’

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If you think you know Shawn Mendes, you might be wrong — well, you might be wrong about the meaning behind one of his biggest hits, that is.

After the Canadian singer released his single “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” in April 2017 (it was also included as a part of his reissue of the Illuminate album), fans started to speculate that the song was actually about a girl in Mendes’ life, but that’s not actually true. In fact, during a recent Q&A with fans, Mendes revealed the real story behind his catchy tune — and it might surprise you.

“I was reading a movie script that I was possibly going to be in and the girl who ‘my character’ kind of falls in love with, I actually really loved, like I really liked the character,” Mendes told a group of fans before his Vancouver performance during a special Q&A in July.

It was this fictional character that inspired Mendes to write “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” and someone from his life, which is definitely surprising. Now we really wish we knew what movie Mendes was talking about and most importantly, why he didn’t take and/or get the role!

“I wrote the song about her [the character]. So it’s not a real girl, that one isn’t a real girl,” he added.

Mendes is currently on his Illuminate World Tour, so check out his tour schedule here, and in the meantime listen to “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” on repeat!

(H/T Just Jared)

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