Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes have been the epitome of summer romance ever since July, when rumors swirled that they were more than just friends and collaborators on the duet “Señorita.”

It’s easy to understand how that transition happened if you watch the single’s steamy music video, in which they can’t seem to keep their hands off each other. And in a recent red carpet interview with E! News at the Elle Women in Music event during New York Fashion Week, Cabello revealed that their smash hit is in fact what brought them romantically together.

“We went back and forth for eight months deciding whether or not we were going to do the song together,” Cabello said. At the time, she says she and Mendes had “drifted” apart and weren’t spending much time together.

“I love him with all my heart and always have,” she continued. “We’ve known each other for a really long time… We’ve always been there for each other. I think we drifted because we weren’t hanging out as much. It was fun to be able to reconnect and hang out again.”

Plus, being in love isn’t exactly the worst thing for Cabello’s creative process. It’s helped the former Fifth Harmony singer get more in touch with her emotions especially when it comes to music. “Falling in love, for me, just brings out all of my vulnerabilities,” she said. “All these things show up for me and it just makes you open. When I am in love I listen to songs and I just cry. I cry easier. That must mean that I’m more open and more in touch with my emotions. All the spectrum of emotions… joy, fear, all of it.”

It’s safe to say the couple is better than ever. Just last night, Cabello surprised the audience at Mendes’ concert in his hometown of Toronto, Canada to perform”Señorita.”

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