The Pretty Little Liars star was a late-night club worker when she was starting out, and she hated having to deal with dirty old men.

Shay reveals some of her regulars would constantly encourage her to quit work and live with them.

"I have so much respect for waiters, waitresses, girls who work in clubs," she tells Cosmopolitan magazine. "It’s tough. I’d have old guys saying, 'You’re so pretty, why are you working?' or 'Come live with me, honey'. (I'd be like), 'What, so I can be taken care of? That’s the last thing that I want'.

"What I wanted to say was, '(I work) so I will never end up with someone like you'."

Mitchell also tells the publication she's still not sure if she's straight or bisexual, adding, "When I started (out), people were like, 'What are you?' I’m like, 'Right now I’m dating a guy (but) I don’t know what it’s going to be in three years'. You love who you love. Black, white, polka-dot, that’s what my dad always said.

"I'm never going to label myself. I could be 50 and dating a woman and then what? I said I was straight and now I'm not?"

Shay's romantic life is pretty much under the radar since she split from Drake's cousin and assistant Ryan Silverstein in 2014. She has also been linked to actor Jacob Artist.

Last year (15) she told Seventeen magazine, "I don't need anybody to feel complete. I don't need to be with somebody just to not be alone."