There has been a lot of attention focused on Camila Cabello, particularly following her collaborations with Ed Sheeran and her longtime friend Shawn Mendes. The latter—which resulted in the song “Señorita”—has fueled rumors that she and Mendes are dating, and the paparazzi have been following the couple’s PDA moments pretty much all summer. During an interview with Variety, Cabello called Mendes “somebody who means a lot” to her and also opened up about her body image, new music, and the recent Taylor Swift and Scooter Braun drama.
Cabello didn’t actually confirm a relationship with Mendes. While the two have previously denied rumors that they’re dating, Cabello did stress how important Mendes has been to her. They’ve collaborated before and worked on “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” one of Cabello’s first songs outside of her work with her former band, Fifth Harmony.
“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 said.
Still, there are a few clues that romance might be in the air. Earlier in the interview, she explained that her new music focuses a lot on the experience of falling in love, which she shares is something she went through recently.
“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 said.
Camila Cabello also weighed in on the recent Swift-Braun controversy. She explained that there was a simple reason she decided to defend Swift on social media after news emerged that Braun acquired her music catalogue: “Because she is my friend.”
“I’m happy to be there for her as a person. Like, ‘Even when it’s not popular, I’ve got you. I’m, like, your real friend.’ With the Scooter thing, I 100% feel her frustration. An artist of her caliber just being fucked over like that, and not being able to have her masters? That sucks,” Cabello said. “It’s heartbreaking for her. And I do believe a lot of the systems in place for the music industry are kind of…messed up. When you think about how artists have to slave to make these things, and then you don’t own them, that is kind of a ridiculous concept.”