By Sierra Marquina
Austin Mahone debuted his third single, What About Love, on Friday and called in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest to chat about the new single, as well as reveal how he got started … and all about how he ended up at a dinner with Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, and Ed Sheeran.
But before his famous friends, he had humble beginnings. “Basically, I started on YouTube maybe two years ago,” the 17-year-old singer shared. “And I started posting videos out of fun and the more I posted the more it became a hobby to me and [one of my first was] ‘Mistletoe.’”
So did the teenager, dubbed as the next Justin Bieber, know he wanted to be a singer from the beginning?
“Definitely not. When I was a kid I had no idea what I wanted to do, and like I said before, when I posted that first video it was just out of fun. I was bored, I didn’t have anything else better to do. It was just something for me to do with my friends,” he explained.
And with his third single, “What About Love,” out on Monday, June 10, it’s clear the singer’s hobby has turned into a career. As for his latest track, Austin explained: “I did it with RedOne … he did Lady Gaga‘s first album, he’s an amazing producer … and it’s really cool because I play guitar and piano and I got to use that on some of the tracks for my album and … it’s basically a song about me in this relationship with a girl and something happened along the way and it’s like, ‘What about the promises we made?’ ‘What about everything we did with each other?’ I guess it doesn’t mean anything anymore, so what about love?”
And speaking of relationships, Austin has made some new friends while opening on Taylor Swift’s Red tour!
The singer was spotted at a dinner with Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, and Ed Sheeran the other day … so how did he come to be at that dinner table?!
“I’m on tour with Taylor Swift now and we always like to chill or go have dinner … It was cool, it was after the Billboard Awards and Selena went to dinner with Taylor and Taylor invited me and Ed.”
So who footed the bill? Austin laughs: “I have no idea. All I know is, I didn’t pay!”
To pre-order What About Love on iTunes, click here!
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