Shawn Mendes Opened Up About How Quarantining with Camila Cabello Inspired "Summer of Love"

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Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello have been BFFs for years, but about two years ago, their relationship turned romantic and they quickly became one of music's hottest couples. These days, they are still going strong, and their love for each other is so evident. So, in order to bask in Camila and Shawn's adorable relationship and get ready for their future together let's take a look back at their timeline below.

September 12, 2021

Shawn and Camilla both took the stage at the 2021 VMAs. Camila was up first performing her hit song "Don't Go Yet" and Shawn's reaction was absolutely adorable. After her killer performance she passed the stage to her boyfriend, Shawn, shouting out, “Give it up for my guy,” as he took the stage.

September 2, 2021

Shawn joined Camila on the red carpet at the premiere of her new movie Cinderella. They two looked like a modern-day fairytale. Shawn posted this picture with the sweetest caption congratulating Camila on her new role. Watch Cinderella now on Amazon.

August 24, 2021

Shawn spoke with Audacy Music about his latest song, "Summer of Love" and opened up about the inspiration behind it: spending last summer quarantining with Camila.

"It was like writing about the first couple of months actually in the lockdown," he said. "Camila and I were so lucky because we were able to just kind of be in a still moment, and it was the first time in the past six years that we've been just able to relax and not work at all. We were going on bike rides around Miami, and it just felt really beautiful."

He continued, saying he "had a lot of nostalgia at that time" because it allowed him and Camila to grow closer. "I think without that time Camila and I would have found it a lot harder to connect. It really brought us together."

July 3, 2020

Camila and Shawn rang in their two year anniversary in the most Shamila way possible, with PDA pics of course. Camila started off the celebration with a sweet carousel of shots on Instagram. "happy anniversary Kuko ❤️," she captioned the post. "Here’s to more joy, more friendship, and more love ❤️."

Shawn shared an intimate moment of the pair kissing on his Instagram, captioning a shot of the couple kissing with, "Happy 2 years my baby ♥️."

February 14, 2021

Shawn Mendes celebrated Valentine's Day with Camila by posting a photo kissing her foot on Instagram. "I kiss your foot cuz I love you @camila_cabello," he captioned the pic.

Of course, Camila shared a sweet pic of her own. "My Valentine’s got a ponytail!" she wrote alongside a photo of the couple sharing a kiss. "Happy love and friendship day @shawnmendes."

November 3, 2020

Camila and Shawn took a major step in their relationship: they got a puppy together. Shawn showed off the newest member of the fam, Tarzan, on Instagram and, yes, he's just as cute as one would hope.

In the post showing off Tarzan, it's clear that he is already warming up to his new parents. He seems to be enjoying his car ride with Camila and he even falls asleep under Shawn (cue the awwwwws). It's unclear if Shawn and Camila adopted the little guy together or if he's Shawn's dog, but either way it seems like they are going to be raising him side by side.

September 30, 2020

Despite earlier speculation that the pair broke up, Shawn and Camila are proving that they're still going strong. Camila recently posted the sweetest Instagram dedicated to her bae and his new album, "Wonder."

"The world could use some magic, beauty, and Wonder always, but especially right now," Camila captioned the post. "@shawnmendes what a gorgeous gift to the world. He’s crafted this album with every last bit of his soul, his spirit, and his essence with the purest of intentions. My love, I’m so proud of the person you are and I’m so excited for people to see and hear your heart. ❤️"

Shawn seemed to appreciate the love and responded to the post with a watery eyes emoji and heart.

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Photo credit: camilacabello - Instagram

March 28, 2020

Shawn and Camila continue to self-isolate together in Miami, where they have been going on walks in order to get some fresh air about once a day. During these walks, the pair has shared some passionate kisses, carried around seemingly useless mugs, and now, they're rocking some classic self-quarantine outfits.

On their latest walk, Shawn wore a crossfit shirt with his hair pulled back in a headband. Camila, meanwhile, wore a graphic tee and some truly funky pants.

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Photo credit: BACKGRID

While quarantining, the pair has been keeping busy. Shawn is teaching Camila how to play guitar while Camila is teaching Shawn how to speak Spanish. On top of that, the pair has performed in two different concerts from their living room, one on Instagram Live for Global Citizen and one on Fox News with tons of other stars raising money for Feeding America and First Responders Children's Foundation.

March 20, 2020

Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes are social distancing together during the coronavirus pandemic, and they took some time to put on a private concert on Instagram Live as part of Global Citizen's Together at Home series.

The pair sang "Havana," "Lost in Japan," and "Señorita," while revealing that they've been spending their free time watching all of the Harry Potter movies from start to finish (BTW, Camila's fave character is Luna Lovegood, while Shawn's is Ron Weasley).

The best part though? Camila announced to fans that Shawn is currently working on some more solo stuff, calling it "pretty magical." Hopefully he can fast track a release because I think we all need some new Shawn music right now.

March 9, 2020

Camila just got super real about her relationship with Shawn in a brand new interview.

When asked about whether or not fans should be expecting some more new music from the power couple, Camila gave a very real response as to why fans will have to wait a little longer than expected.

"I want more. We want more. Honestly, we're just being in our twenties," Camila said. Just like being in love is exhausting, it takes it out of you. We can't even go to the studio. We're trying to calm down."

Camila also revealed that Shawn's new look is partly thanks to her.

"I won’t say that that’s my influence, but I really like it," she said. "I think he likes it, but he’s never had it this long before and I’m just like, 'don’t shave it, I like it.'"

March 4, 2020

Shawn and Camila have the ultimate international love story! Shawn has traveled to the UK twice in the past month to spend some time with Camila as she shoots her film Cinderella. Shawn first made the big trip for Valentine's Day and he just did it again for Camila's big birthday bash.

Camila and Shawn looked so adorable as they celebrated her 23rd birthday together in a Cinderella themed party where she was surrounded by her co-stars. The couple even posed for a couple of photos with other partygoers and it looked like they had the best time together!

February 14, 2020

Shawn and Camila aren't letting a little distance come between them on the day all about love. While Camila is filming her new movie, Cinderella, in London, Shawn decided to make the trek over to Europe to celebrate Valentine's Day. They kept things super romantic as they got dinner together and Shawn even got her flowers and chocolates for the special occasion.

January 26, 2020

While Shawn and Camila decided to walk the red carpet separately at the 2020 Grammys, the power couple reportedly had the best time together at the after party. According to other party goers, they couldn't keep their hands off each other the entire night and had the time of their lives.

November 25, 2019

Fans were on the edge of their seat during Shawn and Camila's very steamy performance at the 2019 American Music Awards. The couple performed their hit single, "Señorita", and even Taylor Swift couldn't keep it together when she saw how much they were heating up the stage.

September 13, 2019

Shawn and Camila have decided to take their relationship even more public with their latest Instagram post where they kiss each other. However, they decided to use the opportunity to troll haters who said "they kiss like fish," and posted the ultimate video of them kissing each other that you might be surprised to see.

Of course, everyone was freaking out over it, including Billie Eilish and Justin Bieber.

August 8, 2019

Shamila have now put their PDA on full display and they don't care who's watching. The two were recently spotted in NYC celebrating Shawn's 21st. But before they headed to the big bday bash, Shawn and Camila were spotted strolling down NYC streets holding hands, on not only one, but two occasions.

To celebrate his 21st birthday, Shawn hosted a party in a hotel near the Brooklyn Bridge with views of the NYC skyline, the perfect backdrop for a steamy make out session with his rumored bae, Camila and lucky for us, the kiss was caught on camera.

Someone inside the party filmed video of Camila running into Shawn's arms and kissing him as people screamed "Happy Birthday" and "Yesssss, Camila" in the background.

Camila decided not to hold back for Shawn's 21st because she posted the sweetest message to Shawn just a day after his birthday party and bring on the awww's. The tribute included those three magic words. Camila's Instagram message to Shawn said, "Happy birthday to this magic human, I love you!!!!❤️❤️." The caption was accompanied by a cute polaroid picture of Shawn seemingly playing with Camila's hair.

These two may not be together officially, but there's no denying that they make a picture-perfect couple.

July 30, 2019

Shawn and Camila had their steamiest encounter yet in a pool in Miami as the two enjoyed a swim together, and locking lips intermittently.

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Photo credit: Splash News

Even when they emerged from the water, the pair couldn't detach, and they walked hand in hand, looking cute as ever.

Later that night, Camila headed out to Shawn's Miami tour stop, bringing her family along with her. Camila seemed to be thoroughly enjoying herself as she danced along to her rumored boyfriend's set.

July 29, 2019

Shamila's tour of the US continued as the pair headed down to Florida for some of Shawn's shows. While there, Shawn and Camila were seen hanging out and getting flirty at a coffee shop, and, of course, photos and videos were taken.

Later, the rumored couple enjoyed a kiss at a restaurant in the area, which was also well documented for the world to see.

July 22, 2019

Obviously, fans were getting pretty curious as to what exactly has been going on between Shawn and Camila. So, one fan took the opportunity of a Q&A with Shawn to ask him about it. Shawn smiled before immediately moving on to the next question, but I think his wide grin says it all.

July 15, 2019

Just two weeks after their Independence Day rendezvous, Shawn and Camila were spotted out together again, this time in San Francisco, locking lips on both occasions.

Shortly after, a source told E! News that the two have become inseparable and their relationship is "all out at this point."

July 4, 2019

Following the release of their steamy new song, all eyes were on Shawn and Camila over the Fourth of July weekend, and the two didn't hold back. They were spotted together multiple times, holding hands, getting flirty, and even kissing, finally giving Shamila fans a hint that a romance might actually be a reality.

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Photo credit: BACKGRID

The two headed to a Fourth of July party together where they were seen getting cozy, and then Camila attended Shawn's show two nights in a row.

Following his second show of the weekend, the rumored couple were spotted out at a restaurant at 5 in the morning, snuggling together in a booth.

They finished off their weekend together by hanging out with Shawn's mom and sister as they went house hunting in West Hollywood. Talk about a fun-filled weekend!

June 2019

Shamila rumors hit a high following the release of the singers' second collaboration, "Señorita." It's unsurprising considering the music video for the song is literally dripping with sexual energy.

February 10, 2019

Even before they were suspected to be romantically involved, Shawn and Camila were each other's biggest supporters. Following the 2019 Grammys where they both received their first nominations and performed on the award stage for the first time, the singers took to social media to congratulate one another.

"Every time I’m blown away with you and your performance and love for what you do," Shawn wrote alongside a picture of the pair backstage. "So proud of us Camilita !! X"

Camila shared the same picture on Instagram, captioning hers, "So proud of this amazing human !!!!!! Seems like yesterday we were just kids singing Ed Sheeran songs in the dressing room, now we’re kids trying not to throw up cause we’re at the Grammys!!!! I love you forever ❤️."

December 5, 2018

Collaboration rumors soared after Camila posted a photo of her and Shawn sitting on the floor with a guitar. "Canadian fury + Latin sass," she wrote on Twitter.

April 5, 2018

Shawn and Camila's love is clearly blossoming as he goes on Beats 1 and talks with Zane Low about Camila, calling her his "favorite person in the whole world."

"I don't think you'll ever meet somebody who can feel emotion like her, in all aspects," he continued. "She can feel hurt like no other, but she can feel love like no other and it's really amazing."

May 2017

Shawn and Camila are known for getting very flirty on social media and that all started after the release of Camila's single "Crying in the Club." Shawn took to Twitter in support of his friend, writing, "speechless...goosebumps all over. You're incredible."

November 2015

Shawn helped Camila transition out of Fifth Harmony and into a solo act with their collab "I Know What You Did Last Summer," which is what initially got fans to start shipping the two.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Shawn and Camila discussed writing the song together after they saw each other backstage at a Taylor Swift Concert, when Shawn was her opening act. "That was the first time we had ever really spent more than a few minutes talking to each other," she said.

"We were just backstage hanging out," Shawn said about the encounter. "I pulled out my guitar and we were just messing around, not really thinking about writing a song."


The two met almost five years ago when Camila's former group Fifth Harmony was on tour, opening for Austin Mahone. Camila and Shawn recalled their first impressions of each other in an interview with V Magazine.

"I remember I wanted to hang out with you, but you were always on the tour bus, just learning guitar," Camila said.

"Yeah, that was me. I didn’t talk to anybody," Shawn remembered. "You were the only person that talked to me. Like, you were the only one of everybody on that tour who would say words to me. Actually, I think if we go into our DMs or something, there’s a photo from the day we met, I think."

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