Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello have been setting off the dating rumor alarm since the release of their single “Señorita” last month, and there’s plenty of proof to show that when there’s smoke, there’s fire. But when did it really start? Here, a look back at their relationship.
August 2015: The first photographic evidence of Mendes and Cabello meeting was at the 2015 Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. Cabello, who was still in Fifth Harmony at the time, posed for photos with Mendes at an after party for the show.
September 2015: They reunited a few weeks later at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.
November 2015: In November, the duo released “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” performing it together on The Tonight Show and beyond. During an interview with Elvis Duran, Cabello spoke about their professional relationship while recording the track together.
“That’s the cool part though, because we were so passionate about this song,” she said. “As artists, we’re both so invested in what we sing about that that makes the whole experience so much more intense.”
December 2015: The two then performed the single during KISS FM’s Jingle Ball show in Los Angeles, where the chemistry was…palpable.
June 2016: For the song, they ended up winning the award for Best Pop Video and Fan Favorite at the iHeartRadio Much Music Awards, going on stage to accept it together.
May 2017: After Cabello released her first single, “Crying in the Club,” Mendes tweeted out his support for his friend/collaborator, gushing over the song.
“Speechless.. goosebumps all over,” he tweeted. “you’re incredible.”
November 2017: Rumors that Mendes is dating Hailey Baldwin crop up, and the two eventually attend the 2018 Met Gala together wearing Tommy Hilfiger. Baldwin later went on to marry Justin Bieber, and Mendes revealed that he texted her a congratulations message.
“I texted Hailey the day of, and I said congrats,” he said in July 2018. “That’s what it is. I think everybody wants there to be more—there’s not.”
May 2018: Mendes released his third album, and while promoting it, fawned over Cabello in an interview with Zane Lowe.
“Oh my God, she is my favorite person in the whole world. I don’t think you’ll ever meet somebody who can feel emotion like her, in all aspects,” he said. “Her love for what she believed in was so powerful that it just kind of pushed me to like make an entire album out of inspiration of the one night.”
The pair then posed for photos with their mutual friend Taylor Swift at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.
February 2019: Before the Grammys, Cabello shared a few photos of her and Mendes together writing, “so proud of this amazing human !!!!!! seems like yesterday we were just kids singing ed sheeran songs in the dressing room, now we’re kids trying not to throw up cause we’re at the Grammys!!!! i love you forever.”
June 2019: Mendes and Cabello reunite to release their summer anthem “Señorita” and the accompanying sexy video. Rumors of a relationship immediately bubble to the surface of the Internet.
Meanwhile, Cabello’s breakup with her boyfriend of over a year-and-a-half, Matthew Hussey, was reported by E! News.
“To my fans, if you really love me, please do not send people I love and care about hateful things,” she wrote on Instagram after the split was announced.
“You doing that really hurts me, and it’s so unnecessary and heavy and damaging to add more pain to pain. There’s a real person behind your tweets. You spamming them with hateful, insensitive things is really not funny, is causing all of us pain, and doesn’t all reflect the values I talk about.”
Mendes’s mom then chimed in on the inevitable dating rumors, adding fuel to the fire, leaving two heart-adorned emojis on a post of Mendes and Cabello on Cabello’s Instagram. Moms!
July 2018: The rumors then seemed to solidify after the two spent the Fourth of July holiday together this year acting…extremely couple-y.
“He was holding her at one point and they were staring into the ocean,” a source told E! News. “They both were smiling the entire time and Camilla was laughing a lot. They rarely mingled with other people and were together the entire evening. They were telling people they were a couple.”
A few days later, photos showed the two hugging in the wide-open public. The two went to brunch together a day after Cabello went to Mendes’s concert in Los Angeles.
“@shawnmendes you couldn’t be more amazing. Wow,” she wrote on Instagram before the show.
The next week the couple (it seems safe to call them that now) were getting very hot and heavy while in San Francisco, with plenty of cameras to document their public make outs and hand holding.
“They looked very much like a couple. You [could] see them making out at the table,” an source told Us Weekly. “They looked very into each other. Shawn and Camila were splitting pancakes. Then after, they started kissing. He had his arm around her a lot of the meal, and they were chatting—not too much laughing, but they looked in love. They were there around 10:30 a.m. and not too many people noticed who they were.”