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Shawn Mendes: Hailey Baldwin and I Are ‘Really Good Friends’

Shawn Mendes and Hailey Baldwin attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Are they or aren’t they? Before walking the 2018 Met Gala red carpet with rumored flame Hailey Baldwin, Shawn Mendes opened up about the pair’s close bond.

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“We’re really good friends,” the 19-year-old singer told W magazine in a profile published on Tuesday, May 8. “It’s funny, she’s such a pro with this type of stuff … I want it to be amazing for her so I’ve been trying for the past 24 hours to be really silly so that she stays on. I’m happy to walk with her, she’s amazing.”

The “Lost in Japan” crooner added that he and Baldwin, 21, share matching tattoos.

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Us Weekly exclusively revealed on Monday, May 7, that the “In My Blood” crooner and the model would attend the fashion event together. The duo, who sparked romance rumors in October 2017, took to Instagram to document their intimate evening.

Although the pair spent the 2017 holiday season together in Mendes’ hometown of Toronto and they’ve both shared pictures together on social media, Baldwin has insisted that their relationship is platonic.

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“We hang out. We spend time together. He’s amazing. Honestly, I have to say, [he is] the most polite … he’s such a gentleman, it’s crazy,” the Drop the Mic cohost told Us at Levi’s Coachella brunch in April. “I honestly have never hung out with a guy that is so nice and so sweet and lovely and so normal! It’s so hard to find people that act really normal. I think me and him get along really well because we both have similar interests and morals when it comes to family, and he’s super close with his family and I just think he’s awesome. He’s great.”

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