What Went Down Between Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes as They Ended "Stale" Relationship

A source exclusively told E! News about Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes' decision to end their "stale" relationship.

By Cydney Contreras Nov 19, 2021 1:04 AMTags
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Camila Cabello might not be Shawn Mendes' "Señorita" anymore, but she's still his friend. 

A source close to the former Fifth Harmony performer exclusively tells E! News that Shawn "initiated the conversation" with Camila about breaking up last week. And while the source describes the Cinderella star as being "very upset over the split," they note that she "agreed" it was for the best.

"It was really hard for a few days but she has been spending a lot of time with friends and keeping busy," the insider says. "She has a huge support system and is feeling renewed now."

As difficult as it may have been, the source shares that Camila and Shawn are "still in communication and want to be friends," adding that it "was not a bad breakup at all."

According to the insider, their romance merely fizzled out: "The relationship was getting stale and complacent and they decided they are better off being friends."

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello: Romance Rewind

The 23-year-old Canadian and 24-year-old pop star made it clear that they were ending their 2-year relationship on good terms when they posted matching statements to their respective Instagram Stories on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

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"Hey guys, we've decided to end our romantic relationship but our love for one another as humans is stronger than ever," the singers wrote. "We started out relationship as best friends and will continue to be best friends."

Though Shawn and Camila are going their separate ways, they leave their romance with nothing but the best of memories and a wealth of valuable lessons.

As recently as October, the "Havana" singer said that she and Shawn were able to help each other with their mental health. She told Glamour that "for better, for worse," they've learned to be honest with each other about when it's time to talk to a therapist, explaining, "I'll be venting or ranting about something, and he'll be like, 'Have you talked to X about it?' And I'll be like, 'No. I've got to do a session.' And he'll do the same thing to me." 


In the process, Camila helped Shawn with his hesitation to show emotions. He told Dax Shepard that he had a tendency to bottle up his feelings, a habit that only ended thanks to his relationship with Camila.

"I'm in a relationship where my girlfriend is like, 'We're going to get in bed and you're going to put your head on my chest and you're going to cry into my chest. You're going to tell me how you feel because if you don't do that you're just going to be an asshole for the next week and I'm not going to deal with that s--t,'" he reflected. "I'm just lucky to be in a relationship that's for it."

As he put it, "Guys need to just be vulnerable. We need to cry. Stop thinking this is being brave and strong and start thinking is the opposite, actually. We're holding in these emotions and not crying and being a--holes. Nothing about that is nice."

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