Shawn Mendes confirms Treat You Better is about Camila Cabello

20 November 2020, 11:16

Shawn Mendes confirms Treat You Better is about Camila Cabello

By Sam Prance

Shawn Mendes opens up about Camila Cabello inspiring his Treat You Better lyrics in his In Wonder documentary.

Shawmila fans, it is finally official. Shawn Mendes has revealed that his smash hit 'Treat You Better' is about Camila Cabello.

Ever since Shawn Mendes released 'Treat You Better' in 2011, fans have speculated that the lyrics are about Camila Cabello. In the song, Shawn sings about being able to treat a girl that he's friends with better than her boyfriend does. Passionately, Shawn pleads: "Tell me why are we wasting time / On all your wasted crying / When you should be with me instead".

READ MORE: Every song Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello have written about each other

Shawn never said who it was about at the time but, after he and Camila began dating in 2019, he revealed that he had been in love with Camila for years and was just waiting for her to reciprocate his feelings. It didn't take long for people to put two and two together and now Shawn has confirmed who inspired his Treat You Better lyrics in his new documentary.

Is Treat You Better about Camila Cabello?

Shawn Mendes confirms Treat You Better is about Camila Cabello
Shawn Mendes confirms Treat You Better is about Camila Cabello. Picture: Kevin Mazur/AMA2019/Getty Images for dcp, Island Records

In a new snippet from his Netflix documentary In Wonder, Shawn opens up about his relationship with Camila. He says: "For the past four years, just being friends and not see each other very often, to finally being able to be together, she was always there to look out for me as a human being. She's got my back, and I think that's what your partner's for."

Shawn then continues: "We're in New York, and my song comes on the radio and the fact comes up that it's about her. And I'm like 'Yeah, it's about you.' Everything's about you. They've always been about you. She goes 'What do you mean?' I'm like 'They're all about you, like every song I've ever wrote."

He then gets specific: "And I'm rhyming off the songs like, 'Treat You Better', all these songs. She's like 'Oh my God!" She literally had no idea. This whole time I thought she knew." In other words, the elaborate theories that 'Treat You Better' is about Camila are true.

Shawn Mendes - Treat You Better

As to whether Shawn will write songs about his relationship with Camila now, he said: "I don't think I'll ever be able to write songs that really do it justice, that can really capture the things and the feelings with her. I think it's like when you see a moon or stars and you try to take a photo of it with your iPhone, and then you just can't, it doesn't look good."

Shawn added: "And you're like, 'Ah it's not supposed to be captured.' You know? It's just supposed to be for us".

Shawn Mendes - 'Treat You Better' lyrics

VERSE 1
I won't lie to you
I know he's just not right for you
And you can tell me if I'm off
But I see it on your face
When you say that he's the one that you want
And you're spending all your time
In this wrong situation
And anytime you want it to stop

CHORUS
I know I can treat you better than he can
And any girl like you deserves a gentleman
Tell me why are we wasting time
On all your wasted crying
When you should be with me instead
I know I can treat you better
Better than he can

VERSE 2
I'll stop time for you
The second you say you'd like me too
I just wanna give you the loving that you're missing
Baby, just to wake up with you
Would be everything I need and this could be so different
Tell me what you want to do

CHORUS
'Cause I know I can treat you better than he can
And any girl like you deserves a gentleman
Tell me why are we wasting time
On all your wasted crying
When you should be with me instead
I know I can treat you better
Better than he can
Better than he can

BRIDGE
Give me a sign
Take my hand, we'll be fine
Promise I won't let you down
Just know that you don't
Have to do this alone
Promise I'll never let you down

CHORUS
'Cause I know I can treat you better than he can
And any girl like you deserves a gentleman
Tell me why are we wasting time
On all your wasted crying
When you should be with me instead
I know I can treat you better
Better than he can
Better than he can
Better than he can