Shawn Mendes has scooter accident in Nashville, says he was ‘being an idiot’

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Shawn Mendes talks about crashing while riding scooter in Nashville
Shelley Mays, smays@tennessean.com

Take it from Shawn Mendes: if you’re riding through Nashville on one of those trendy motorized scooters, always keep your eyes on the road ahead.

The pop superstar learned that the hard way on Monday, when he fell off his scooter in Nashville and earned a few minor cuts on his hands and face. And yes, he’s been hearing more than his share of “Stitches” jokes.

Mendes is in Nashville for a Tuesday night taping of a “CMT Crossroads” concert special with Zac Brown Band. He told USA TODAY Network – Tennessee about the spill during a pre-show interview.

Believe it or not, he doesn’t regret taking the scooter for a spin.

“If anybody asked me if they should ride them, I would say yes,” he said with a smile.

His critical error was turning to look behind him mid-ride. As he was falling, he remembered his “Crossroads” gig, and decided to have his face take the brunt of the fall to protect his guitar-playing hands. We asked if he thought he’d ride one again — turns out he already has.

“I rode it back to the hotel!”

But Shawn, the whole controversial hook of these scooter services is that you can essentially leave the scooter on the sidewalk at the drop of a hat.

More: Shawn Mendes to play Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena in 2019

“Why would I do that? …It has nothing to do with the scooter. It has everything to do with being an idiot, (and) being 20.”

At the very least, Mendes’ spill seems to have spooked Zac Brown out of hopping on the scooter trend.

“I don’t trust scooters any more,” the country star said.

“CMT Crossroads” will air at 9 p.m. Oct. 24 on CMT.

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