Why Did Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello Break Up? She Explains Why They Had to ‘Move on’

Camila explained in her 'Call Her Daddy' interview why her and Shawn's brief 2023 reconciliation didn't 'feel right.'

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Everyone loved it when he called her “señorita,” but Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s romance ultimately didn’t last. The couple — whose relationship quickly made headlines in 2019 — called it quits for good after they briefly reunited in 2023.

Camila has been teasing new music (and some fans have speculated that she’ll address her and Shawn’s split in the lyrics). She’s been posting short teases on Instagram, and fans are excited to hear her new tunes, but some people are still wondering why Shawn and Camila broke up in the first place. 

Why Did Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello Break Up? 

In November 2021, the pair released their own statement via their respective Instagram Stories, insisting that their breakup was amicable. 

“Hey guys, we’ve decided to end our romantic relationship but our love for one another as humans is stronger than ever,” the former Fifth Harmony member and the “Stitches” artist explained. “We started our relationship as best friends and will continue to be best friends.”

Both Shawn and Camila later opened up about their difficult split. Shawn explained in an Instagram video that he had to grapple with the aftermath of their breakup. 

“Like, who do I call when I’m, like, in a panic attack? Who do I call when I’m like, f**king, on the edge?” Shawn pointed out. “I think that’s the reality that kind of hit me — it’s like, ‘Oh, I’m on my own now.’”

As for the “Bam Bam” songstress, she explained how she was handling their split during an interview with Zane Lowe from Apple Music. 

“My priorities have fluctuated and my focus has changed throughout my life,” Camila said in 2022. “I think as I get older, yeah, the priorities shift. And I feel like that was that way for both of us. Because we both started so young too, we’re really learning how to be healthy adults. And that sometimes means not having your number one focus be your career. And that’s OK.”

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In early 2023, though, the former pair briefly reunited. They were spotted getting close at Coachella in April 2023, then hanging out together. However, they split for good shortly thereafter.

In March 2024, Camila explained the reason why she and Shawn decided to go their separate ways during her “Call Her Daddy” interview.

“Luckily, I was in a place in my life where it took me less time to realize that. It took us both less time to be like, ‘This doesn’t feel right, and we really don’t need to try so hard to make it work,’” Camila said, referring to her brief reconciliation with Shawn. “‘It’s all good. This is not feeling good. Let’s be friends. I love you, it’s all good let’s move on, you go do your thing … become the person that you’re becoming, and I’ll root for you.'”

She then pointed out, “I will always care about him and love him. He’s such a good person, and I’m lucky because some people have exes that are awful, and he is not. He’s a really kind, good person.”

How Long Were Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes Together? 

The pair started dating in the summer 2019 after several year of being friends and collaborators. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the two lived together. After a blissful two-year relationship, the duo announced their split in November 2021. 

However, it appeared they were still on good terms because Shawn and Camila reunited at Coachella in April 2023, where they were spotted getting cozy and showing off PDA. Less than two months later, their love officially fizzled out after multiple outlets confirmed they had broken up again. 

Who Are Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello Dating Now? 

The Cinderella actress appears to be single as of late. For the “Mercy” singer’s part, Shawn has been spotted on several dates with Big Brother UK alum Charlie Travers. Fans were convinced that the two were dating after photos of them on the beach surfaced earlier in November. 

Camila Seemingly Teases New Music

Toward the end of 2023, Camila began making cryptic posts on Instagram, and fans believed that she was possibly teasing a new record. In one post, she wrote about experiencing a full year of seasons as she reflected on entering 2024. “i’ve gone through winters and summers this year . and spring visited me when i learned to let go. sometimes these things happened all in one day,” she wrote.

In another post, she was wearing a t-shirt that said “GRWM [get ready with me] to bewitch his body and soul.” In the comments, many fans wondered if she was hinting at an upcoming album in the new year.