Camila Cabello says fans can 'speculate' about Shawn Mendes romance, but they’re falling 'for each other like nobody is watching'

Suzy Byrne
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

Camila Cabello knows fans are interested in her high-profile romance with Shawn Mendes, but — sorry — they’re just not going to let anyone in.

The singer appears on one of the covers of Elle magazine’s Women in Music issue and talks about falling for her “Señorita” collaborator. From what she said, it’s clear that it’s personal and special — and she’s going to largely stay tight-lipped about it.

Camila Cabello covers Elle magazine. (Photo: Yvan Fabing/Elle)

People can say whatever they want to say,” Cabello told the magazine. “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... That’s why I’m so tight-lipped about it: because I want to protect it.”

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello with their Best Collaboration award for "Senorita" at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. (Photo: REUTERS/Andrew Kelly)

And that is her general M.O. when it comes to her relationships.

Love is the most sacred, precious thing to me,” said the Fifth Harmony alum, who was friends with Mendes for years before dating. “I want to always feel like my love is between me and that person, and never belonging to anyone else. As much as I love my fans, and as much as I love people, I like to live my life as normally as possible. In a relationship, it makes me feel uncomfortable to invite everyone in on that.”

Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes at the VMAs last month. (Photo: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

She did talk about working with Mendez on “Señorita” — and dropped the “L” word.”

“I mean, I love him,” she said. “We have always connected; we have the best time together. Shawn texted me the idea for the chorus for ‘Señorita.’ He was like, “Hey, what if we work on this and do it together?” I was on the Taylor Swift tour and hadn’t been in the studio for a while. I didn’t want to do it, and then a few months later, I couldn’t get the song out of my head. I [finally] told him, ‘I think we should do this.’ He was like, ‘I don’t want to do it anymore.’ It went back and forth for, like, eight months. Then we finally went into the studio and reworked it so we both felt good about it, without any pressure. I love working with him so much.”

Mendes has a similar stance on keeping the romance out of the spotlight. Asked about the relationship earlier this week at an event, he replied. “Honestly, I want to talk to you guys about this stuff” but “it’s not just me in the relationship, you know? There’s another person involved... It’s not just me deciding, you know?”

The pair sparked dating rumors earlier this summer after being close friends for several years.

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