Camila Cabello’s New Song ‘Bam Bam’ Explores How Her ‘Focus Has Changed’ Since Breaking Up With Shawn Mendes

Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes’s relationship was chronicled largely in the public eye. After dating for two years, the pair called it quits in 2021. And since then, Camila Cabello has been laser-focused on herself and her career.

Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes
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Camila Cabello wrote ‘Bam Bam’ about her breakup with Shawn Mendes

In March 2022, Cabello released her a new collaboration with Ed Sheeran called “Bam Bam.” Cabello sings about how she felt going through her breakup with fellow singer Shawn Mendes. “I said I’d love you for life, but I just sold our house / We were kids at the start, I guess we’re grown-ups now,” she sings in the song’s first verse.

“Bam Bam” is the lead single off Cabello’s upcoming album Familia, due out later this year.

Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes
Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes | Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Camila Cabello is focused on herself and her music

Cabello opened up about the song in an interview with Zane Lowe. “

My priorities have fluctuated and my focus has changed throughout my life. Those years that we were dating, I don’t even feel like, even while I was writing this album, and even still now, I guess, my focus is really on, how can I be a well-rounded person?” Cabello said honestly. “And apart from my career, my focus wasn’t even on my career. This album literally was a tool of me becoming a more well-rounded person and acquiring intimacy with my collaborators. That was my number one intention, was not even, how do I make the best album and the best music? My number one intention was, how can I just make music with people that I want to f***ing have dinner with afterwards? How can me talking about these things help me build trust with people? How can I talk about the icky things that I haven’t talked about with anybody and then get it to a place where these people, because they’re like, ‘Oh yeah, I totally relate,’ can validate my own experience?”

“And same thing with those years that we were together,” she confessed. “My focus was just, how can I live a happy life and be in a healthy, happy relationship? I was doing therapy a lot.”

Now, Cabello is more dedicated to her music than anything else. “My focus really has shifted. And even now while I’m in promo mode, honestly, if I’m not having fun, what’s the f***ing point?” she said. “I think as I get older, yeah, the priorities shift. And I feel like that was that way for both of us. Because we both started so young too, we’re really learning how to be healthy adults. And that sometimes means not having your number one focus be your career. And that’s OK.”

'Cinderella' star Camila Cabello as Cinderella in article about Oscars 2022 Fan Favorite smiling sitting on the bed
Camila Cabello as Cinderella | Kerry Brown/Amazon

Camila still has love for Shawn

Even though “Bam Bam” is about their breakup, Camila doesn’t hold a grudge and has a place in her heart for her ex today.

“For me, I f***ing love Shawn,” she told Lowe. “And I feel like there is literally nothing but love for him.”

“This song is mostly just about like, ‘OK, how do I make a song that shows the cycles of love, and life, and gives people…’ Whatever it is that’s going on in your life, whether it is a breakup, or a divorce, or like you said, a friend breakup, or you’ve just gone through something that just is really s***ty. Hopefully, this can make you be like, ‘It is that way now,'” she added.

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