and Shawn Mendes ’s longtime friendship has Camila Cabello transitioned into a steamy relationship, likely to the satisfaction of Shawnmila shippers.
Mendes and Cabello met while opening up for
’s tour in 2014. At the time, Mendes was fresh off of his Vine success and Cabello was still a part of Fifth Harmony. Ever since then, the duo have maintained a close and supportive friendship. Austin Mahone
The music stars have often teased their interest in each other over these past several years, with one of the earliest moments occurring in 2015. During an appearance on
, Mendes admitted that he had tried to “make a move” on Cabello after the show’s host asked about the status of their relationship. The “Treat You Better” crooner claimed that his longtime pal “swerves” him every time. The Late Late Show With James Corden
then told the pair that he didn’t “believe” them and suggested that “there’s no way you haven’t made out.” Cabello responded: “He friend-zones me! He calls me ‘kid!’” James Corden
Mendes and Cabello would later team up for the single“I Know What You Did Last Summer” in 2017, but things didn’t heat up between the two until they dropped the sultry single “Señorita” in June. Cabello’s split with boyfriend
Matthew Hussey followed the song’s release. Fans soon began to see the duo everywhere together before they finally confirmed their romance.
Scroll down below for a look back at the pair’s long history together!
Mendes and Cabello had their meet-cute while working together on Mahone’s 2014 tour. In their June 2019
, the “Havana” singer described her first impression of the “Stitches” artist of him “always on the tour bus, just learning guitar.” V magazine interview
When Mendes joined Capital FM, he was asked to play a game of “Lips, Wife or Leave It.” He was required to choose between Cabello, Little Mix’s
Jade Thirlwall and . To no surprise at all, the Canadian star opted to wed his close pal, saying “She rocks.” Chloë Grace Moretz
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Months later, Cabello and Mendes teamed up to drop one of the catchiest songs to debut in modern music: “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” The track, which marked Cabello’s first solo attempt outside of Fifth Harmony, detailed a couple encountering a major roadblock in their relationship that’s caused them to drift apart.
Shawnmila shippers haven’t seen much of the pair after the success of “IKWYDLS,” but the duo returned in early 2017 to post a video that showed the singers covering
’s extremely romantic track, “Kiss Me.” Ed Sheeran
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Mendes opened up about his admiration for Cabello during a
“Beats 1” interview, saying: “She’s my favorite person in the whole world.” The “Consequences” singer, meanwhile, tweeted that she “shouldn’t be crying at this time in the morning” after being moved by his comments. She also added that she loved him “so much.”
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“Canadian fury + Latin sass,” Cabello captioned a black and white photo of the pair, which showed them sitting on the floor together as she strummed a guitar. The sweet shot hinted that the duo were working on a new song together.
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The pair dropped their second single together, “Señoríta,” on June 21. The song’s music video proved to be very sultry and steamy — instantly sending Shawnmila devotees into a frenzy. The sultry track includes the lyric: “You say we’re just friends / But friends don’t know the way you taste / ‘Cause you know it’s been a long time coming / Don’t you let me fall.”
Days after “Señoríta” debuted,
a source confirmed to that Cabello split with now ex-boyfriend Us Weekly Matthew Hussey. The breakup, which was announced on June 26, came after the former pair were together for more than one year.
It began to appear like the duo were no longer friend-zoning each other, as they were first spotted holding hands in West Hollywood and partied together on the 4th of July one day later. This was followed by the pair traveling to San Francisco for two upcoming dates on Mendes’ tour. At the time, they were filmed locking lips in a Bay Area cafe. “They looked very into each other. Shawn and Camila were splitting pancakes,” an onlooker said to Us of their July 13 cafe sighting.
On July 12, Cabello praised Mendes in an interview with the U.K.’s
magazine. “I’ve never had a lot of friends. I’ve always just had a few people in my life that I trust,” she said. “I feel like it’s so rare to meet someone in this industry and find a person of that quality, and I feel like Shawn is that person for me.” Clash
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The “Never Be the Same” singer was spotted attending Mendes’ Miami tour date on July 28 where a fan filmed her dancing up a storm.
Mendes and Cabello made headlines when they were spotted canoodling while in the ocean in Miami on July 29. Closeup paparazzi shots were taken of the pair as they enjoyed some summer lovin’.
Amid romance rumors, Cabello posted a steamy bathtub pic of herself on
Instagram on August 2. The post was captioned with Macy Gray lyrics, which read: “I may appear to be free … but I’m just a prisoner of your love.”
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The former Fifth Harmony member and the “Stitches” crooner were videotaped
sharing a steamy kiss at Mendes’ 21st birthday party in Brooklyn, New York, in August 2019. Days later, Cabello declared her affection for her beau on Instagram, writing, “Happy birthday to this magic human, I love you!!!!”
Mendes and Cabello came close to sharing a kiss during their 2019 MTV Video Music Awards performance of “Señorita.” The two later accepted the award for Best Collaboration.
The “If I Can’t Have You” crooner opened up slightly about the relationship when pressed about it during a backstage Q&A in Connecticut. “Honestly, I wanna say I wanna talk to you guys about this stuff but it’s not just me in the relationship,” he told his fans. “There’s another person involved and I can’t say things that I feel. It’s not just me deciding, you know?”
The duo made light of the chatter surrounding their courtship by posting an Instagram video of themselves sloppily making out. “We just wanna show you how we really kiss,” Mendes joked.
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Cabello admitted during an interview with The U.K.’s Capital Breakfast radio show that her feelings for Mendes are strong. “I really, really love him a lot,” she said.
The lovebirds took the 2019 American Music Awards stage to perform their saucy single, “Señorita” on November 24 and their chemistry heated up the stage instantly — causing Taylor Swift and fans everywhere to freak out when they nearly kissed at the end. The two later took home the award for Collaboration of the Year for the song. “@amas thank you everyone thank you so much!❤️ also @camila_cabello i admire you so much you unbelievable human being thank you for being you❤️❤️ we love u guys,” Mendes wrote on Instagram following their win. “I love u @shawnmendes thank u for being so there for me yesterday and every other day, u have the most caring and beautiful heart in the world,” Cabello wrote on her own thank you post. “Thanks to all our fans for voting , we love and appreciate you guys so much and are so thankful for you❤️.”
Mendes surprised Cabello with a
Cinderella-themed 23rd birthday party in England on March 3 after she was cast as the title character in the 2021 live-action adaptation of the classic fairy tale.
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Cabello revealed why she keeps the details of their romance top secret in her October 2019 cover story for Elle. “I don’t know; people can say whatever they want,” she explained. “They can speculate, but at the same time, we are going to live our own lives, enjoy it, and fall for each other like nobody is watching. That is how I want to live. I never want to open the door for people to feel like they are involved. Like I said, I want it to be mine and [his]. That’s why I’m so tight-lipped about it: because I want to protect it.”
While quarantined together amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the couple performed a cover of “What a Wonderful World” on the
One World: Together at Home TV special on April 18.
While accepting the 2020 Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Musical Collaboration on May 2, Cabello grossed out fans when she said that she and Mendes were “going to make organic smile and slime ourselves.”
Mendes teased in a YouTube comment on October 1 that fans can expect “lotssss of love songs for Camila” on his fourth album,
Wonder. He later revealed how she helped him during the recording process, saying on SiriusXM’s The Pulse, “I don’t know if she’s credited all over the album, but she should be because there was nobody during that time that was giving me more advice and encouragement to just stick to the way I felt about the music that I wanted to make.” The Cinderella star, for her part, celebrated the record as “a gorgeous gift to the world” in an Instagram post.
The “My Oh My” songstress tweeted a photo of herself leaping into her beau’s arms on October 22. “Heheheheheh,” she captioned the adorable post.
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The “In My Blood” crooner called Cabello his “reina,” which is Spanish for queen, on an Instagram photo shared on October 27. The snap showed the couple getting cozy in the kitchen.
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Mendes opened up about his experience working on his fourth studio album,
Wonder, while quarantining at Cabello’s home in Miami. “At first, when I got here, it was the beginning of the album process and I was in a full panic state,” he said on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “I was like, ‘There’s no way I’m going to make music. This is going to be impossible.’”
He continued, “But, like, a week goes by and you start cooking eggs in the morning and you start doing laundry and start taking dogs for a walk and you have a coffee mug and you use the same one every day and it just becomes really nice. It becomes nice, which sounds so normal for everyone else but is very abnormal for me.”
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The Canadian crooner introduced fans to the couple’s puppy, Tarzan, in November 2020. Mendes shared one
video of the pooch cuddling up to Cabello in the back seat as he drove them home and a second clip of Tarzan roaming around the house.
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Mendes shared how learning to be vulnerable with Cabello ultimately helped their relationship. “[I realized] I had no vulnerability with my girlfriend, and realized the second I showed that to her, she would fall deeper in love with me,” he said in an interview with Alicia Keys featured on Netflix’s YouTube channel. “And the second she showed that to me, I would fall deeper in love with her. That’s the most attractive and beautiful thing in the world.”
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