Camila Cabello is opening up about her bond with Shawn Mendes.
The “Havana” hitmaker is on the cover of the 15th-anniversary issue of Clash magazine and opens up about her growth personally and professionally since her debut, and how she’s learned to trust her emotions and other people.
“Honestly, I think I’m just more brave,” she tells the magazine. “I feel like I can be much more honest with myself and other people because obviously I’m growing up and I have a more grounded sense of who I am.”
Cabello also tells the magazine about her relationship with Mendes saying, “I feel like it’s so rare to meet someone in this industry and find a person of that quality, and I feel like Shawn is that person for me.”
She continues: “I just trust him, and no matter the level of intensity that he has around his career or I have, he is just normal, and that is so rare and precious to find in this industry.”
Cabello and Mendes have been surrounded by relationship rumours after they were spotted holding hands in Los Angeles.
Cabello, who has been romantically linked to Mendes since their steamy “Señorita” music video, revealed singing the song with the Canadian singer was “one of the most natural things in the world.”
“I think I’ve actually known him the longest out of anybody in the music industry – we’ve been in each other’s lives for like four or five years, and it’s been really beautiful to kinda grow up together,” she added.
Cabello’s debut solo album Camila was released in January 2018 and spawned three hit singles: “Havana”, “Never Be the Same”, and “Consequences”.
Since then, she has topped the Billboard 200 chart, headlined her own world tour, and most recently, teamed up with Shawn Mendes for “Señorita”.
“I’ve fallen in love and I’ve experienced life,” the singer says on her personal growth since her debut. “I feel so much more alive now, and I don’t feel scared anymore.”
Cabello admits she used to be “scared of going out and meeting people, going on dates, and this and that.”
“I kinda was very sheltered in my own little bubble, and since I’ve broken that bubble, it’s kinda like a never-ending place to pull from because it’s all coming from a real place,” the former Fifth Harmony singer tells Clash.
On her writing process, the singer reveals she doesn’t turn to social media for any inspiration.
“I just want to be coming from such a pure state, and I feel like going on social media and seeing opinions – even if they’re good ones; people’s opinions comparing yourself to other people – I really think that it affects the creative process.”
She adds: “I feel like it’s necessary to just be as human as you can all the time, but especially keeping it pure for the writing process.”