Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello: Every song they've written about each other
4 October 2019, 09:48 | Updated: 4 October 2019, 09:51
A history of all of the Shawn Mendes lyrics about Camila Cabello and vice versa.
Ever since Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello revealed that they're in a relationship, we've been obsessed with them. From releasing Number 1 singles together to kissing and holding hands in public, they're nothing short of adorable. If that weren't enough, Shawn and Camila regularly praise each other in interviews, while also keeping personal details of their romance private. Essentially, they are the perfect boyfriend and girlfriend and we ship them as a couple with all of our hearts.
However, what people may not know is that Shawn and Camila have released many songs about each other.
Throughout Shawn and Camila's careers, fans have speculated that the two stars have written about each other and been in love long before they started dating this year. Now, Shawn has confirmed fan theories by revealing in a recent tour Q&A that he's loved "someone who didn't love [him]" before. He then revealed he was talking about Camila by saying: "Well, if I told you the whole story of Camila, it would take a long time. You have to fight for someone you really love."
Shawn and Camila first met as support acts for Austin Mahone on his Live on Tour tour in 2014. Shawn had just released his debut single 'Life of the Party' and Camila was in the midst of her career in Fifth Harmony. Taking this into consideration, it's possible that Shawn and Camila have been writing songs about each other since then. With that in mind, here's a guide to all the Shawn and Camila songs and lyrics, which might have been inspired by each other.
1. Shawn Mendes - 'Act Like You Love Me'
SHAWMILA LYRIC - "Just act like you love me so I can go on"
This additional Handwritten: Revisited track was released very early in the Shawn and Camila timeline so it may predate their romantic feelings for each other. However, it fits in neatly with Shawn's recent revelation that he loved Camila long before she reciprocated his feelings. The song is about asking someone you love who doesn't love you to act like they love you back. Sound familiar?
Given that Shawn released this song shortly after he recorded 'I Don't Know What You Did Last Summer' with Camila, we're pretty certain that he wrote it about her.
2. Shawn Mendes - 'Treat You Better'
SHAWMILA LYRIC - "Tell me why are we wasting time / On all your wasted crying / When you should be with me instead"
Fans have long believed that 'Treat You Better' is a song Shawn wrote for Camila Cabello and it checks out. In the hit single, Shawn promises a girl that he can treat her better than her current boyfriend. Shawn was friends with Camila at the time so no doubt acted as a shoulder for her to cry on when she was going through relationship struggles.
Now we know from Shawn that he was always in love with Camila, it seems likely Camila inspired 'Treat You Better'.
3. Shawn Mendes - 'Mercy'
SHAWMILA LYRIC - "Even though you don't mean to hurt me / You keep tearing me apart"
'Mercy' speaks for itself. Shawn is being by hurt by a girl who is unwittingly being reckless with his heart. If Shawn was really in love with Camila when they were just friends, every interaction between them must have been bittersweet and it's likely that Camila had no idea how much she was affecting Shawn.
That bridge is devastating: "I'm prepared to sacrifice my life / I would gladly do it twice".
4. Shawn Mendes - 'Roses'
SHAWMILA LYRIC - "How many times can I see your face? // How many times will you walk away?"
'Roses' is a song about Shawn plucking up the courage to tell a girl who's in a relationship with someone else that he loves her. He knows she's happy with someone else but he can't risk never telling her how he feels about her. Just like 'Treat You Better', fans are certain this is about Camila and we are too.
Listen to 'Roses' without crying challenge.
5. Camila Cabello - 'All These Years'
SHAWMILA LYRIC - "But does she kiss you like I kissed you? / Ooh, I wish I loved you like I miss you"
As soon as Camila released her debut album, fans guessed that 'All These Years' is about Shawn. The song is about Camila bumping into an old love interest and all of her old feelings flooding back. Camila singing: "I wish I loved you like I miss you" implies that she regrets not loving this person, *cough* Shawn *cough*, like she should have in the past.
The bridge, "I never told you, I should've told you", still breaks our hearts.
6. Shawn Mendes - 'Lost In Japan'
SHAWMILA LYRIC - "I know it's more than just a friendship / I can hear you think I'm right"
'Lost In Japan' could be a sexy song about anyone but the "friendship" lyric gives off major Shawmila vibes. For years, the two stars always said they were just friends but now we know that Shawn always wanted to take things with Camila to the next level and 'Lost In Japan' seems to reference that.
Camila was in Japan on a press trip just a month before 'Lost In Japan' was released too. Coincidence? We think not.
7. Shawn Mendes - 'Why'
SHAWMILA LYRIC - "When I hear you sing, it gets hard to breathe // Can't help but think every song's about me"
'Why' is another Shawn song fans instantly linked to Camila. In it, Shawn asks why he and a girl he loves "can't just get over [them]selves" and admit that they love each other. Shawn essentially confirms it's about Camila when he reveals the girl is a singer.
Also "And every line, every word that I write / You are the muse in the back of my mind" is definitely a Camila reference.
8. Shawn Mendes - 'When You're Ready'
SHAWMILA LYRIC - "Call you when it's late, and I know that you're in bed / 'Cause I'm three hours back, seems like you're always six ahead"
Shawn singing to the girl he loves that he's patiently waiting for her let him know that she's ready to be in a relationship with him? This has Shawmila written all over it. Plus three hours is the exact time difference between Toronto and LA and Miami and LA. In other words, whenever Shawn and Camila are in their hometowns, there's a three hour time difference to LA, where they work.
"And every single night my arms are not around you / My mind's still wrapped around you" is lowkey the most romantic lyric of all time.
9. Shawn Mendes - 'If I Can't Have You'
SHAWMILA LYRIC - "I can't write one song that's not about you"
Another one. In a Q&A about the 'If I Can't Have You' video in May, a fan asked Shawn: "Do you think we (mendes army) can guess who the song is about?" Shawn replied: "I don't think you guys have to guess anything about me at this point. You know EVERYTHING!" And practically everyone in the Mendes Army believed that the song was about Camila.
And it looks like this was the song which won Camila over because mere months later they began dating.
10. Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello - 'Señorita'
SHAWMILA LYRIC - "You say we're just friends / But friends don't know the way you taste"
This song literally speaks for itself. Have you seen the video?!! And to think Shawn and Camila were probably already dating when they released it. We haven't stopped thinking about the "But friends don't know the way you taste" line since the two of them released the song in July.
Plus the "'Cause you know it's been a long time coming" and "All along, I've been coming for ya" lyrics hint that Shawn and Camila have been wanting to be together for years. And now we know that's true.
11. Camila Cabello - 'Liar'
SHAWMILA LYRIC - "I said I won't get too close, but I can't stop it"
In a recent Facebook interview, Camila confirmed that 'Liar' is about Shawn. She stated: "Well it's basically about denying your own feelings, suppressing them deep down. I just liked this boy but I so badly didn't want to like him." She then said that "it worked out" hinting that the boy was Shawn because she is with him now.
God bless Camila for finally realising that Shawn was the one for her.
12. Camila Cabello - 'Shameless'
SHAWMILA LYRIC - "I said I won't get too close, but I can't stop it"
In the same Facebook interview, Camila said: "I love 'Shameless' just 'cause I feel like it's the way that I wanna love. Like shamelessly, and fully and unabashedly. It's a different side to the same situation as 'Liar'." She then explained: "'Liar' is denial and 'Shameless' is acceptance."
And I oop.
That's all for now but with new Shawn and Camila albums coming soon, we imagine that we'll be hearing even more songs that Shawn and Camila have written about each other.