Mendes and Cabello: Is their relationship fake?


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Tori Suhre, Rooster Reporter

One of the latest topics in teen pop culture is the controversial relationship between pop singers Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. Their latest hit “Señorita” was released on June 21 and began the drama concerning the two’s intimate relationship.

The two first met at Austin Mahone’s “Live On Tour” concerts in 2014, where they performed as supporting acts. Shawn was only popular for his vines (short seven-second videos) at the time, so he felt like the underdog.

“You were the only person that talked to me. Like, you were the only one of everybody on that tour that would say words to me,” said Mendes referring to Cabello.

Their relationship developed further when they released their first collaboration together, “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” This song was released on Nov. 18, 2015, about one year after the tour. 

Then in March of 2017, they both posted a 30-second video on Instagram of them singing a cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Kiss Me.” The video went viral and accumulated 3.5 million views in one year. 

Mendes spent his 21st birthday on Aug. 8 in New York City with a large group of friends including Cabello. She posted a picture of him to Instagram with the caption: “Happy birthday to this magic human! I love you.” With the addition of four heart emojis on the end.

“I’ve known Shawn for a long time, and it’s so much fun getting to work and do things with somebody who means a lot to you,” Cabello said when questioned about the Señorita collaboration.

The majority of the controversy about their relationship is about whether their feelings for each other are genuine, or if it’s all just a publicity stunt. Both tend to dodge questions about their relationship from fans and paparazzi. 

When asked by a fan about how things were between him and Cabello, Mendes stood up and left without answering the question. Many fans mistook this action for rudeness. 

“Hey! There was no bad intention here. If you were there you would have known it was the last question and that’s why I decided to turn it into a light-hearted funny goodbye! Sorry if that upset anyone, I adore you guys! No need for any negativity,” Mendes tweeted in response.

Cabello constantly gets mean tweets about her relationship as well, but she unfollows and blocks every single one of them. 

In response to people hating on their relationship, they posted an obscure video of themselves “kissing like fishes” on Sept. 12. They deleted it soon after, but the video remains on the internet to taunt the non-believers of their relationship.

On Sept. 19, paparazzi caught Mendes and Cabello shopping for Halloween costumes in LA. In response to being stalked by the photographers, the two bought ridiculous masks to hide their faces during their date. The video went viral shortly after it was published.

Many fans were convinced that their relationship was real during a Q+A on Sept. 28.

“I wonder if you have ever loved someone who doesn’t love you. What would you do?”  An anonymous fan asked.

“If I told you the whole story with Camila  it would take a long time, I would say just fight for what you love,” Mendes said.