Shawn Mendes Just Revealed The Girl Who Inspired 'Nothing Holding Me Back’ And It’s So Unexpected

2 August 2017, 13:01

Shawn Mendes Nothing Holding Me Back Meaning
Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

Everything you thought you knew was a lie.

After the news that Harry Styles wrote the song 'Carolina' about a fan he once met, we've been on edge wondering if any of our musical baes have ever written a song about us on the sly. One of those baes we've been thinking about is Shawn Mendes and the subject of his song 'There's Nothing Holding Me Back' but now Shawn has revealed the true meaning behind the song and it's thrown a right spanner in the works.

The certified summer-bop features the lyrics "I wanna follow where she goes, I think about her and she knows it, I wanna let her take control 'cause everytime that she gets close, yeah," and to be honest, you wouldn't be alone in thinking that Shawn was singing about someone he knows in real life who he's got a bit of a crush on. 

During a Q&A with some fans in Vancouver, however, someone asked Shawn exactly which girl he was singing about on the track and his response was NOT what we were expecting. If you thought the song was about a real person, you would be wrong AF.


The song is actually about a fictional character that Shawn really liked and he just went with it.

“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 so I wrote the song about her [the character]. So it’s not a real girl, that one isn’t a real girl," Shawn revealed.

Can you believe it? Just like the rest of us, Shawn Mendes crushes on fictional characters too. So does that mean 'There's Nothing Holding Me Back' is almost... ~fan fiction~? We wonder what specific character he was talking about? So many follow up questions... Care to spill even more tea, Shawn? 

Thankfully, the whole Q&A was recorded by fan Sydney Wong who uploaded it to YouTube. Listen to Shawn explain the meaning behind the song at around 11:43 in the video below:


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