- His mother Karen was born in England and is a real estate agent, and his father Manuel, is a business man.
- He went to the Pine Ridge Secondary School in the Pickering suburb of Ontario.
- At school he enjoyed playing ice hockey and football and he enjoyed longboarding.
- Shawn Mendes gained his popularity through video-sharing app Vine, where he would release six-second snippets of him singing renditions of popular songs.
- Within months of Vineing, Shawn had a following of millions of subscribers, as well as millions of views on each of his videos.
- In 2014, Shawn caught the eye of artist manager Andrew Gertler and Island Records A&R Ziggy Chareton, leading him to sign a record deal with them.
- Shawn only started learning how to play guitar when he was 13, tutoring himself by using videos on YouTube.
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