The last we heard from Shawn Mendes, he was begging his unrelenting lover to have a little “Mercy” on his heart and to not hurt him. Now, he’s the one doing the hurting … but he at least sends his poor girl off with a buttery-smooth slow jam to remember him by.
“Don’t Be a Fool,” the latest cut from Mendes’s upcoming sophomore album Illuminate, begins with the 18-year-old crooning over a somber electric guitar. “Don’t waste your time trying to pull me in / ’Cause I’m just a mess you don’t want to fix,” he warns, basically turning the cliché breakup excuse “it’s not you, it’s me” into a three-and-a-half minute sendoff John Mayer would be jealous of. Apparently he’s not quite boyfriend material these days, but hey, at least he’s polite about letting you know.
“Don’t Be a Fool” is the fifth release from Illuminate, following “Treat You Better,” “Ruin,” “Three Empty Words,” and “Mercy.” The album arrives September 23, and Mendes’s Illuminate world tour kicks off in October. In other words, he’ll probably still be too busy for a relationship for the foreseeable future. Sorry, ladies — don’t say he didn’t warn you.