Of course, you know these two both together and apart. Cabello is an ex–Fifth Harmony member who’s since become a very successful solo artist. Mendes, meanwhile, also has hit songs and arms that belong in an art museum. Romance rumors between the two first popped up in 2015 and hit a peak recently thanks to their new joint single, “Señorita.” With this song has come a slew of suspiciously timed PDA moments that raises the question: Relationship or PR stunt?
The jury is still out on that—officially—but there are several receipts we can turn to for further insight. So let’s dive in to this great debate, shall we?
The “Señorita” music video. This is where the “more than friends” rumors truly began. Just watch 30 seconds of it and you’ll see why. Cabello and Mendes’s chemistry is palpable, and their interactions in this clip are so steamy that my glasses are now foggy. In fact, I can’t even see what I’m typing right now because of the fog. Am I making sense? Is this English?
All jokes aside, though, it’s important to note this is just a video. As Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper taught us earlier this year, onscreen sparks don’t necessarily mean anything is happening offscreen.
Cabello attended Mendes’s concert twice this past weekend. I wouldn’t bat an eye if she went to the show once, but twice? Plus, factor in all the sweet things she posted about him on Instagram during the show. “@shawnmendes you couldn’t be more amazing,” she wrote on her IG Story. “You’re unreal,” she posted on another slide.
Their Fourth of July festivities. Paparazzi caught the two holding hands last Wednesday evening as they walked to Mendes’s West Hollywood home together, according to ET Canada. They were also spotted at a pool party the next day looking pretty cozy:
A source told E! News of Mendes and Cabello’s holiday fun, “He was holding her at one point and they were staring into the ocean. 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.”