A Thirsty Timeline of Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s Relationship

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Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello are dating, or at least that’s the impression I’m getting from their faces and tongues constantly being smashed together. And while some people are *still* convinced their relationship began as nothing more than an elaborate PR stunt to make “Señorita” the song of summer 2019, You! Cannot! Deny! that Shawn and Camila are here to stay. Truly, no town in Florida is safe, and scrolling Instagram is either NSFW or mushy content at this point…especially if you follow Shawn and Camila fan accounts, which I definitely do as an adult woman.

But come on, who can be blamed for shipping a celebrity relationship when it’s this extra?

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Exactly. If you, too, need more clarity on how these two went from just friends to nonstop PDA and “I love you,” here’s a quick timeline of their relationship.

September 10, 2014

Camila flirts with Shawn on Instagram, calling him Shawnyboy, which is a nickname I shall be using henceforth.

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June 28, 2015

Shawn covers Camila with what appear to be ice-cream sandwiches (also maybe marshmallows?) while she’s sleeping. Wow, the perfect man.

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August 30, 2015

Shawn and Camila pose together at a VMA after-party and the ~vibes~ are strong.

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September 19, 2015

They hang out again a month later at the iHeartRadio Music Festival and this cuteness happens:

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September 21, 2015

Shawn denies dating Camila, telling E! News, “We can’t do that! I mean, Spanish and Canadian don’t really mix.” ???

November 20, 2015

Shawn and Camila drop the video for their collaboration “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” which...wow:

And now people are leaving new YouTube comments on the 2015 post, and they’re hilarious:

Me: Hey, Siri, tell me a joke.

Siri: Shawn and Camila are just friends.

And...

Four years and we finally know what they did last summer.

And also...

2015: I know what you did last summer.

2019: I’m doing you this summer.

Oh, and finally...

Shawn x Camila: We’Re juSt frIends

Director of “Señorita”: Not today.

November 23, 2015

James Corden grills Shawn and Camila about their relationship and Shawn fully denies that they’ve *ever* made out, saying, “Every time I try to make a move, she just swerves me off.”

June 19, 2016

They win an award at the MuchMusic Video Awards and hold hands onstage! Cute but also trolling!

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May 20, 2017

Camila and Shawn basically declare their love for each other on Twitter while maintaining that they’re “friends.”

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December 9, 2018

Camila posts a photo of Shawn braiding her hair and the fandom flips:

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My personal fave response?

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February 11, 2019

Shawn and Camila attend the Grammys and she says she “loves him” in an IG post....

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June 20, 2019

The video for “Señorita” drops. The internet implodes.

Hi, Twitter:

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June 25, 2019

Shamila fans notice that Camila’s boyfriend, Matthew Hussey, has been blocking comments about “Señorita.” Everyone assumes they are this close to breaking up, and whoops, everyone is right.

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June 26, 2019

Us Weekly reports that Camila and Matthew are done. Damn, turns out Shawn was serious when he sang, “I know I can treat you better / than he can.”

June 27, 2019

Camila calls out her fans for trolling her ex, writing, “To my fans, if you really love me, please do not send people I love and care about hateful things. You doing that really hurts me, and it’s so unnecessary and heavy and damaging to add more pain to pain. There’s a real person behind your tweets. You spamming them with hateful, insensitive things is really not funny, is causing all of us pain, and doesn’t at all reflect the values I talk about.”

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July 4, 2019

According to Us Weekly, Shawn and Camila attend Nobu’s Fourth of July party, and an “insider” says that “they were sitting with each other, facing each other and look very intimate." Usually, I’d say this is pure fanfic, but we’ve all seen that water make-out pic.

July 5, 2019

Camila hits up one of Shawn’s shows and posts a bunch of flirty Instagram Stories:

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July 6, 2019

Shawn denies dating Camila during a live Q and A, shaking his head “NOPE.”

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Yeah, suuure, buddy.

July 8, 2019

Romance rumors heat up when Shawn is spotted hugging Camila and looking like way more than just friends:

July 13, 2019

A fan films Shawn and Camila kissing (!!!!!) in Oakland.

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Honestly, every other romance can step to the side because, in the immortal words of Faith Hill:

July 27, 2019

Fans get pissed when Shawn walks offstage after being asked what inspired him to write “Señorita.”

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He apologizes in a since-deleted tweet, writing, “Hey! There was no bad intention here. If you were there, you would have known it was the last question & that’s why I decided to turn it into a lighthearted funny goodbye! Sorry if that upset anyone, I adore you guys! No need for any negativity ❤️ I love you guys!!!”

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July 28, 2019

Shawn and Camila are captured on camera by a fan who saw them kissing in Tampa:

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July 29, 2019

Which bring us to the fated day Shawn and Camila are photographed making out in every body of water Miami has to offer. More pics from that good time this way:

July 31, 2019

Just after those steamy-AF beach make-out pics came out, an Entertainment Tonight source claims that Shawn and Camila’s summer fling appears to be blossoming into something more. Apparently, the two are now “committed to working on a relationship.” Wow!! “Shawn and Camila originally were just enjoying spending time together and having a summer fling,” the source said. “Shawn and Camila have really fallen for one another.” Ugh, be still my beating heart—it’s all too much to bear!

August 6, 2019

In a new interview with Variety, Camila talks about what falling in love feels like. “Falling in love is like an infinite amount of levels and layers and angles. I fell in love and just opened up. Everything was written in present moment,” she says, not naming names. If we could guess, it would be Shawn she’s talking about (duh), but of course, they’ve yet to outright confirm the dating rumors.

Camila also talks about what it was like to pair up with Shawn for that wild “Señorita” duet. “I’ve known Shawn for such a long time, and it’s so much fun getting to work and do things with somebody who means a lot to you,” she says. “Somebody who means a lot to you” as in a boyfriend??? We see you, Camila.

August 8, 2019

Camila and Shawn hang out for his 21st birthday in New York City, and it’s über cute, of course! Their birthday date involves lots of hand holding, shopping, PDA, and sneaky fan videos of the two of them.

August 9, 2019

UM, WOW, Camila drops the L-word in a birthday Instagram to Shawn, and it’s a Shamila moment for the ages.

“Happy birthday to this magic human, I love you!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️,” she told him, for all the world to see, along with a cute polaroid of him picking at her hair. (IDK what that’s about, but it’s still cute, k?)

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Meanwhile, E! reports that the two spent Shawn’s birthday celebration the evening before at a party together, where they were filmed kissing and dancing and having the time of their lives.

August 26, 2019

Shawn and Camila perform in a highly anticipated VMAs situation that is SO steamy it probably fogged up your screen.

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August 29, 2019

Before Shawn and Camila walked the VMAs red carpet (separately, sigh), they had to get ready for the big show! Vogue followed Camila as she picked out her dress and got all dolled up for her big performance.

In the vid, Shawn pops by to say hi to Camila before their steamy duet (around the 9:00 mark), and Camila talks about how “Señorita” came to be in the first place (around 7:10).

“It must have been last summer when he sent me the idea for the song, and he was like, ‘Oh my gosh, do you want to do this with me?’ And I thought it was super cool,” Camila said.

“It was literally, like, a few months of back and forth, but I couldn’t—I literally lost sleep over it, because I was like, ‘My god. I think I do want to do it, or maybe I don’t, whatever.’ So there just came a point where we were like, let’s just go in the studio. Let’s just sing it and see how we feel, and if it feels right, we do it, and we don’t, no pressure, it’s all good. Yeah, we went in the studio and figured it out and then filmed the video a week and a half after.”

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Also, Camila calls her white “wedding dress” VMAs look “very romantic,” saying that’s “kind of where I am in life right now.”

September 4, 2019

Shawn and Camila are back to doing what they do best: making out in public places within view of paparazzi photographers. A blessed update for us all.

This time, they lock lips while strolling around Toronto before Shawn’s concert. Cute stuff.

September 5, 2019

Camila is appropriately on the cover of Elle’s Women in Music issue, and she dives deeper into her relationship with Shawn, saying some pretty mushy stuff.

“Honestly, this past year and a half was the first time I really experienced falling in love with another person,” she said. “I think there is so much more depth to love when you know you are in it with another person. You have so much more to say—I think that’s what makes me emotional.”

Still, she doesn’t get too detailed, and that is on purpose.

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“Love is the most sacred, precious thing to me. I want to always feel like my love is between me and that person and never belonging to anyone else,” she explained. “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.

“People can say whatever they want to say. 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,” she said. “I never want to open the door for people to feel like they are involved. I want it to be mine and [his]. That’s why I’m so tight-lipped about it: because I want to protect it.”

September 9, 2019

If you were left a lil disappointed after Shamila’s VMAs non-kiss, they more than make up for it in Toronto while performing “Señorita” onstage. Camila and Shawn kiss onstage, and it’s everything the VMAs could’ve been in a better world!

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September 12, 2019

Welp, in an update that you probably don’t want but are going to get anyway—Shawn and Camila are basically kissing licking each other’s faces on Instagram like unhinged puppies in love. And no, that is not an exaggeration.

Shawn and Camila decided to laugh in the face of their kissing criticizers by showing the entire world video proof of exactly how they kiss each other...kinda. In the video, Shawn says, “So we saw on Twitter and stuff you guys saying stuff about the way we’re kissing and how it looks weird, like we kiss like fish.” Camila basically agrees and is like, “It really hurt our feelings.” So after that, Shawn presents us with the evidence. “So we just want to show you how we really kiss,” he says, mere seconds before Camila slides her tongue over Shawn’s mouth. It’s...a lot!

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For some reason, I and the other 16 million Instagram viewers cannot seem to look away. At the very least, it does poke a hole in the “Shawn and Camila are fake” rumors! Right?

September 19, 2019

Shawn and Camila spend the day in West Hollywood together...in Halloween masks because September is basically October, which is basically HALLOWEEN, right? Shawn wears a creepy baby/alien one and Camila picks a unicorn.

MEANWHILE, that same day, Shawn is spotted (solo) at an airport in Los Angeles, where he gets grilled about his relationship in a Backgrid video you can see here.

The person tailing him starts out by saying, “You and Camila give the term ‘I just threw up in my mouth’ a whole new meaning,” which, ouch, dude! Shawn keeps it classy in his response, saying, “It was a little bit of a joke,” referring to that funny Instagram video from the week before.

The whole interaction is a bit cringey...but Shawn does say he’s known Camila’s parents for a long time and they get along, which is cool. He also says, “We’re definitely not a publicity stunt,” when the guy asking him Qs brings up that conspiracy theory.

September 28, 2019

A fan goes ahead and asks Shawn if he has ever loved a person who didn’t love him back (heavy question!), and he responds by immediately bringing up Camila. Lucky for us, it’s on video!

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“If I told you the whole story of Camila, it would take a long time,” he says, despite the fact that the fan totally didn’t ask about her. “I would say that you have to fight for someone you really love. And if you really, truly love them, then you’ll get them. It just takes time. But make sure you really love him or her, you know? You’ve just got to make sure.”

October 3, 2019

Camila basically admits she’s super in love with Shawn—yes, really!!! During an interview on UK’s Capital Breakfast radio show, she said, “We’re pretty happy,” and added, “I really, really love him a lot.” AWWW!

Before publicly professing her love for Shawn, Camila gave a little bit of backstory on their relationship. “There was a period where we didn’t hang out as much just because we were both busy, and this song was really fun because we got to just hang out again like we did on the song we did before, ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer,’” she said, “which was when we got really close....We were like, ‘Oh, yay, we get to be pals and just hang out!’” And then “Señorita” came out and Shawn and Camila were no longer just friends anymore, LOL. We love context!

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October 21, 2019

Shawn deletes that jokey video of him and Camila kissing, causing breakup rumors galore. But fear not, Shamila stans!!

He also posts a new (less thirsty) pic of them kissing to Instagram, so all is well.

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October 30, 2019

Shawn lets it slip that he and Camila have officially been dating for four months—and they got together on July 4th!

“We haven’t been dating for that long,” he said to his fans at a concert. “We have been dating since July 4th officially.”

P.S. We’ll be updating this timeline because something tells me this is only the beginning.

November 12, 2019

Shamila reunites!! Shawn and Camila make out courtside at a Clippers game right next to some cameras and two perplexed blonde women.

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It’s very Pete Davidson/Kate Beckinsale, no?

November 12, 2019

After their courtside PDA sesh, Shawn and Camila went to a tattoo shop to induct Camila into the cool-kid tattoo “club.” Camila got “It’s a mystery,” a reference to Shakespeare in Love, inked on her pinkie, and Shawn got his sister’s first initial behind his ear.

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November 20, 2019

Shamila is GRAMMY NOMINATED, PEOPLE!

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November 21, 2019

Camila fully goes on the record to say that her relationship with Shawn was hella awkward at first. No, she isn’t talking about when she first started dating him this year, she’s talking about when they first collaborated together back in 2015 on “I Know What You Did Last Summer” when they were still teenagers.

In a Rolling Stone interview, Camila said she and Shawn had romantic feelings for each other back then but it was hard to act on them because (a) Shawn’s career was just taking off and (b) they weren’t mature enough to know what to do about their feelings. We’ve all been there!

Camila said:

“During ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer,’ I really bonded with him as more than a friend. I think he did, too, but we were both really young and he was experiencing the pressures of his career. I don’t think we knew what to do with those feelings. It was this awkward thing where we both liked each other, but we weren’t together. It was just weird. An energy was there from the beginning, but after that song, we didn’t spend as much time together. Our paths just didn’t cross in that way romantically until we started hanging out again and writing. For me, it just brought it back.”

November 24, 2019

Shawn and Camila heat up the AMAs stage with a performance of “Señorita” while also taking home an award.

Also, THIS IS SO CUTE:

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And their friend Taylor Swift’s reaction really says it all, doesn’t it?

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April 3, 2020

Shawn and Camila take a socially distanced walk and quite literally move at a glacial pace. It’s super weird, TBH.

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April 18, 2020

The couple hopped into the One World: Together at Home broadcast in support of COVID-19 relief to perform “What a Wonderful World,” and it was honestly so beautiful.

Check it out:

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October 1, 2020

After many months without Shamila updates, people start to wonder: Did they break up, or??? Camila isn’t here for the speculation, though, because she shares an IG post of her calling Shawn “my love” while promoting his brand-new single “Wonder.” She says:

“The world could use some magic, beauty, and Wonder always, but especially right now. @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.”

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October 2, 2020

We *finally* get an explanation as to why Shawn and Camila were walking as if they were the undead! Here’s what Shawn had to say about it while speaking on SiriusXM’s The Morning Mash Up:

“There’s this one video of Camila and I, and we’re, like, walking down the street really slow. We almost look like zombies from The Walking Dead. And we’re like, really—and everyone’s like, ‘What the heck is going on with them? Are they on drugs?’ And I was like, it’s funny ’cause in that moment, we were just pretty overwhelmed by the world. And we were like, ‘Oh, man. This is a really hard time. This is scary for everyone.’ And you know, we were just like, ‘Let’s just walk slow and kind of just meditate and be chill.’”

For what it’s worth, Shawn and Camila thought it was pretty funny. “It was this really peaceful moment between us, but it’s just so funny to see that, watching that video back. We were dying laughing because we literally looked like zombies,” Shawn added.

October 5, 2020

As public as Shawn and Camila tend to be with their relationship, Shawn says he actually once had issues being vulnerable with Camila because he wanted to appear tough in the relationship.

In an interview with radio.com, he said, “I thought that I was a pretty open, emotional guy until I started being in a relationship with someone that I really, truly love and realizing that, ‘Oh, no, I really have this big ego, and I don’t want to show her that I’m hurting and I don’t want to show her that that offended me, and, like, I want to be the man, and I want to be strong in this relationship’…it actually was hurting our relationship.”

October 21, 2020

In either the cutest or most eye-roll-inducing statement ever (haven’t decided yet), Shawn goes on the record and says that all of his music is about Camila.

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In his new Netflix doc, In Wonder, Shawn says:

“My song comes on the radio or something and I’m like, ‘Everything’s about you. They’re all, they have always been about you.’ She goes, ‘What do you mean?’ Like, ‘They’re all about you. Like every song I’ve ever wrote.’”

October 27, 2020

Shawn quite literally posts a picture of him and Camila embracing, and Camila’s in one of Shawn’s tees. The caption? “Reina,” which is Spanish for “queen.”

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November 18, 2020

Awww, Shawn’s out here gushing about Camila in interviews.

“A lot happens when you fall in love for the first time, because you really feel this support, this grounded, ‘Hey, if everything goes away, I’m going to be okay,’” he told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. “It’s perspective, and it’s beautiful. And it really allows you to be like, ‘Okay, well, if I’m going to do this [make music, etc.], I might as well be doing it for the right reasons and really, really, really enjoying it.’ Otherwise, I’d just rather watch movies with you all day.”

“You cannot be the best version of a son or a brother or a boyfriend or a friend to anybody if you’re not constantly there for you and you’re watching out for you and you’re checking in on your heart and your space and your energy,” he said. “And the closer you get to that clarity and that freedom within you, the more space you have for everybody else in your life. And I think that that was something that really happened over that period too, especially with Camila and I, is that we started giving ourselves a lot more time, which then allowed us to give everything more time and space, if that makes sense.”

November 19, 2020

Shawn gives yet another interview about Camila while promoting his album Wonder and Netflix documentary In Wonder, this time on the cover of VMAN mag.

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In an interview with Elton John (casual), he goes on about his girlfriend and it’s all very cute.

“You know what it was more than anything?” he said. “I don’t know if it was something that was a ‘me thing’ or a ‘men thing,’ but I think for seven years, I was on such a speedy path down one way with blinders on, and I wasn’t keeping in touch with my family and friends…but when I landed with Camila, immediately she had her family around more. [She’s] all about the family and friends, and it really made me like, ‘Oh, I should call my mom.’ I started reaching back out to my family and friends and all of these connections I felt were further away.…I felt a little bit alone out there and she changed that for me.”

November 23, 2020

Shawn’s new Netflix special is officially out! And predictably, he spends part of it talking about Camila.

“For the past, like, four years, just being friends and not being able to see each other very often to finally being able to be together, she was always there to look out for me as a human being,” Shawn said. “She’s got my back, and I think that’s what your partner is for.”

November 29, 2020

Camila is still v smitten with Shawn Mendes, if her recent Instagram post is any indicator. Post-Thanksgiving, Camila’s feeling super thankful to have Shawn in her life and tells fans how much she’s learned from dating Shawn in a mushy Instagram post.

She wrote:

“I’ve learned a lot about love with this guy. It’s not just the happy blissful moments you see in pictures and videos. When you’re in a relationship with someone, it feels like they are this mirror reflecting yourself back to you. I constantly have to confront my fears, my anxieties, my insecurities, my patterns of thinking, my beliefs about life and about myself. It’s not as simple as it looks in pictures sometimes. Sometimes, it’s messy and uncomfortable and ugly lol. But there’s nothing like the pull, the FORCE that is love, to be the light in the darkness—to be the gravitational pull that gives you the relentless strength to be braver, wiser, and better than you were yesterday. It’s so instinctive for us to love, even if our minds try to protect us from it sometimes, but our nature as humans is to love. And to be in love means to choose that person over and over again, to go through the messy stuff with. And that’s way more beautiful and raw and real than perfection. I’m all for being vulnerable on social media because I think only the neatness and perfection of life is shown on here, and that can make us all feel extra lonely and weird! So raise your glass to the messiness and weirdness of being human and the miracle. And the easiness. And the instinct. And the relentless force that is love.”

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Dare I say, I am starting to ship!

December 4, 2020

Shawn’s new album Wonder is officially out! And he spent a lot of it singing about Camila! 😍

In his song “24 Hours,” he sings, “All it’d take is 24 hours / Sign the check and the place is ours,” referring to the couple getting a house together. He continues, “It’s a little soon / But I wanna come to you.”

Another highlight? This line: “Let’s throw away our backup plans / And people might not understand / Who cares about what they approve? / I’d face them all to be with you.”

December 8, 2020

Shawn admits he and Camila have “definitely” talked about getting engaged!!!

“Yeah, absolutely, I think for me it’s always been if I’m not willing to talk about that stuff, then I kind of check out a little bit, and I don’t know, I really think when you know, you know,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “She’s been one of my best friends since I was, like, 15 years old. I don’t know, at the same time, I know we are really young so I don’t want to jump, like, insanely fast, but I think when you find your person, you feel and you know that you have found your person.”

March 1, 2021

Shamila goes quiet for a few months, but don’t you worry—they are still together! For Camila’s birthday, Shawn writes the sweetest message to her on Instagram, saying, “Happy birthday to the kindest, bravest, and most beautiful person I’ve ever known. I love you more every day mi vida ❤️.” Awwwww.

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March 21, 2021

Remember that thing I said allllll the way at the beginning of this timeline? That "no town in Florida is safe"? Welp, looks like that extends to towns in California too, because Shawn and Camila are out here fully making out in the middle of a street in Los Angeles...while walking their dog Tarzan. Tarzan, I am so, so sorry your parents are like this.

That’s all for now, but of course we will be updating with more details of Shamila’s romantic endeavors!


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