Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes chose to stay apart for most of the Grammys ceremony: They walked the red carpet separately and were not photographed together during the show at all. But the PDA was back as soon as the broadcast ended, and the after parties began. The two were first photographed holding hands leaving a party. And then they were shot kissing in the back of a party bus, as seen above. The message from the photos? There’s no need to worry about Cabello and Mendes’ relationship status; they’re as good as ever.
Cabello and Mendes were nominated for a Grammy together, for their duet “Señorita.” They didn’t win the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category, but ahead of the ceremony, Cabello spoke about what an honor it was to share the nomination with her boyfriend.
“It feels really special to get to share that kind of experience with someone that is first and foremost my friend that I’ve known for such a long time,” she told Radio.com. “He was actually the first person, I think, that I wrote a song with, which was when we did our collaboration ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer.’ Flashing back to then when we were just two kids in a dressing room writing a song really quickly.”
Cabello told Rolling Stone in November that it was working on “Señorita” that really brought her romantic feelings for Mendes to the surface. The two would start dating shortly after the song was released—in July 2019.
“During ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer,’ I really bonded with him as more than a friend,” Cabello started. “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. An energy was there from the beginning, but after that song, we didn’t spend as much time together. Our paths just didn’t cross in that way romantically until we started hanging out again and writing [‘Señorita’]. For me, it just brought it back.“
“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 as much. It was fun to be able to reconnect and hang out again.”