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After releasing a steamy music video for their song "Señorita," romance rumors swirled for the longtime friends

By Carly Breit
September 12, 2019 11:10 AM
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Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes may be more than “just friends.”

Romance rumors have long followed the duo, who have been close pals for years. But the buzz hit a new level earlier a few months ago after Cabello and Mendes released their song “Señorita,” plus a steamy music video, on June 20. The single is the pair’s second duet, following “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” which was released in 2015.

In the sizzling “Señorita” music video, and Mendes play lovers who can’t seem to quit one another. Their characters — a waitress and a mysterious motorcycle rider — meet in a club and have an instant connection as they cuddle up on the dance floor. Their attraction leads them to a motel room, where they share an evening (and following morning) of passion. With lyrics like, “They say we’re just friends, but friends don’t know the way you taste,” some fans have wondered if the longtime pals are becoming more off-screen, too.

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Here’s what we know about the pair’s potential relationship.

They’ve Been Seen Hanging Out

Two weeks after the video for “Señorita” dropped, Cabello and Mendes were photographed holding hands in West Hollywood. The duo may have deliberately coordinated their outfits for the night out, with Mendes sporting a pair of black slacks and long-sleeved shirt with vertical black-and-white stripes while Cabello cut a chic figure in a black jumpsuit featuring a barely there back.

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Mendes and Cabello rehearse for the “Señorita” video
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A few days later, the pair was photographed in Los Angeles after grabbing brunch. Mendes was seen with his arms around Cabello, who seemed happy and comfortable with the pop star. Mendes was wearing a wearing black Nike long-sleeved shirt and black pants. Cabello, meanwhile, hung close to Mendes while wearing a white top under a light black jacket.

They Spent the Fourth of July Together

The day after they were first photographed walking hand-in-hand, the duo seemed to be getting cozy as they celebrated the Fourth of July together. In a video posted by fan account @ShawnMendessArg, Cabello cuddled up to Mendes at the edge of an infinity pool as they overlooked the stunning sunny landscape below them.

She’s Newly Single

Days after the video for “Señorita” was released, PEOPLE confirmed that Cabello had split with her relationship coach boyfriend Matthew Hussey after more than a year of dating.

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Hussey and Cabello reportedly struck up their relationship in February 2018 after meeting on the set of Today. A year later, they made their romance red carpet official when they attended Vanity Fair‘s Oscars afterparty together in February 2019.

Cabello Thinks Mendes Is “Amazing”

Cabello packed on the praise for the Canadian singer on her Instagram Story after she attended his July 5 concert in Los Angeles.

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“@shawnmendes you couldn’t be more amazing. Wow,” she wrote alongside one clip taken from the audience, adding a heart emoji. Alongside another, the former Fifth Harmony band member wrote, “You’re unreal. @shawnmendes.”

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He Denied Dating Rumors … Without Saying Much

During a Q&A session in Los Angeles, a fan asked Mendes if he was dating Cabello, according to a video posted by Pop Crave. “Are you dating Camila?” the fan asked. Mendes just shook his head, so the fan continued by asking if he’d go out with her. “That was the best set up to a ‘will you go out with me?’ I’ve ever heard,” the star joked.

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They’re Sending Each Other Memes

Ah, the true hallmark of any blossoming modern romance: Cabello told her Instagram followers that she and Mendes had been sending each other memes — and they’re inspired by their “Señorita” video. “It’s been so fun to see your reactions,” she captioned a post thanking fans. “We’ve been sending each other the best memes lmao.”

They’ve Been Packing on the PDA

Mendes and Cabello have not been shy about showing their affection in public. In July, TMZ captured the pair sharing a kiss over coffee in San Francisco. The PDA-filled outing came a day after they were seen kissing at another cafe, Dottie’s True Blue Cafe, also in San Francisco, as reported by TMZ and captured in a video shared by Pop Crave on Twitter. Mendes was in the Bay area over the weekend during his Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum tour stop.

The lovebirds continued their caught-on-camera kissing in late July, when they were spotted during a beach date in Miami.

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The singers kissed in the beautiful blue water before Cabello wrapped her arms around Mendes and floated around. They were later seen holding hands as they wandered along the boardwalk enjoying the summer weather.

They Celebrated His Birthday Together

The “Life of the Party” singer turned 21 surrounded by good friends and of course, his rumored love Cabello. To celebrate the milestone, Mendes rented out the 1 Hotel located near New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge on Aug. 8.

His sister Aaliyah shared photos from the bash, writing on Instagram: “happy belated birthday to this rockstar..who luckily happens to be my (now 21 year old) brother! love you soo much!” Guests sipped on drinks named “The Señorita” (fittingly named after Mendes and Cabello’s song) and “The Pickering Gawd” (named after his Toronto hometown).

On Friday, Cabello shared a throwback Polaroid of the pair on Instagram with the caption: “Happy birthday to this magic human, I love you!”

She Met His Parents …

The pair stepped out hand-in-hand for a stroll in Brooklyn, New York, on Aug. 9, where they also met up with Mendes’ parents. Cabello wore an oversized tie-dye hoodie with jeans for the outing, while Mendes opted for a white sweatshirt with black pants.

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… And Visited Where He’s From

The pair shared a date night in Montreal on Aug. 19, a little over a week after their N.Y.C. outing. Once again, they certainly weren’t shy to show their affection for each other.

The pair were spotted walking hand-in-hand through the Canadian city before they stopped in a small café. While at their table, Mendes was photographed cupping Cabello’s face as the two shared a steamy makeout session.

They Performed at the VMAs and Things Got Steamy

The duo performed their hit, “Señorita,” at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 26, torturing fans and celebrities alike when they got super close to kissing on live television and instead shared a sweet little nuzzle. The pair then spent the rest of the night cozied up in the audience, looking very much together to us.

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Mendes Finally Confirmed the Relationship to Fans (Kinda)

Though he didn’t exactly say with whom he is in a relationship, Mendes told fans, “Honestly, I wanna say I wanna talk to you guys about this stuff, but it’s not just me in the relationship. There’s another person involved and I can’t say things that I feel. It’s not just me deciding, you know?”

And Then They Posted This Kissing Video

On Sept. 12, the couple took to Instagram to “defend” themselves against fans who say that their kissing technique is lacking. Mendes opened the video with, “So we saw on Twitter and stuff you guys saying stuff about the way were kissing and how it looks weird like we kiss like fish.”

“Yeah, it really hurt our feelings,” Cabello, added.

“We just want to show you how we really kiss,” Mendes explained, before leaning in for what we thought might be a sexy smooch, instead taking a turn for the hilarious. At least they have a sense of humor!