On November 18, Rolling Stone published an interview with Cabello, who couldn’t stop gushing about her man. Though she did admit that things were just a little bit awkward in the beginning stages of their epic romance.
While collaborating on the hit “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” Cabello says, she “really bonded with him as more than a friend.” She added, “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.” According to Cabello, there was a definite energy between the pair right from the start, but “after that song, we didn’t spend as much time together.” Luckily, they reconnected thanks to the song “Señorita.”
“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,” the singer explained.
On November 26, Cabello chatted with BBC Radio 1’s Greg James and responded to everyone criticizing her PDA with Mendes—particularly when she and her beau posted a make-out video to Instagram. When a fan called in with an “unpopular opinion” claiming “public displays of affection on Instagram are too much,” the 22-year-old took it personally according to Us Weekly.
“Ouch. Well, I feel personally targeted. I feel personally attacked,” Cabello said, adding sarcastically, “Yeah, PDA is terrible. Kissing in public? I don’t even….”
The “Liar” singer went on to defend her actions with Mendes, saying that living her life in the public eye—and repeatedly being targeted by paparazzi—has made her care less about sharing her intimate moments on social media.
“You honestly get kind of desensitized to it. You’re like, ‘Well, might as well just make out on Instagram!’” she said. We’re not complaining, Camila.
On December 5, Cabello finally shared the real reason she and Mendes don’t kiss on stage during their steamy “Señorita” performances.
“I actually just get shy, weirdly,” she told Extra. “I feel like I would kiss him in the dress rehearsal, but then we are onstage and then something stops me.”
Then, during an interview on Ellen, Cabello admitted she and Mendes were “babies” about their feeling towards each other. In fact, she said she had a “crush” on the Canadian crooner years before the two made things official.