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Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello are the hottest couple of the moment, with fans posting pictures of them to social media almost constantly.

The two have been friends for years, only recently becoming romantic, yet diehard fans insist that they saw the beginnings of a love affair start to form a long time ago. Mendes and Cabello have also had their share of detractors, with some critics saying that their affair is a publicity stunt.

But regardless of what the truth of the matter might be, Mendes and Cabello seem to still be going strong. In fact, they have found new ways to stay in touch in spite of the occasional long distances between them.

When did Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello start dating?

Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes at an award show
Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes first started hanging out in 2014, when they were both on the rise as young singers. They spent a lot of time together all throughout 2014 and 2015 and even denied that they were dating once or twice. Rumors really started up when Mendes and Cabello released a steamy music video collaboration in November 2015, featuring both the artists as star-crossed lovers.

Then, in June 2019, Cabello and Mendes collaborated again, for their smash hit song “Senorita.” Shortly after the song was released, Cabello broke up with her boyfriend. Many fans assumed that it was her closeness with Mendes that prompted their split — and they wouldn’t have long to wait before their suspicions were confirmed.

In July 2019, Mendes outright denied that he was dating Cabello, but only days later, fans spotted them kissing in public. Over the next few months, Cabello and Mendes were spotted making out all over Los Angeles but continued to keep their relationship private when talking to members of the media. 

Why do some people think that Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello are faking it?

In spite of Cabello and Mendes’ apparent fascination with each other, there are a lot of critics who just don’t buy it. Many people have stated that Mendes and Cabello are simply pretending to be dating in order to help promote their new music and that their romance is nothing more than a PR stunt. 

The fact that Cabello and Mendes are hesitant to talk specifics about their relationship only adds fuel to the fire. In spite of that, the two are often seen kissing and cuddling in random restaurants. There are still those out there who refuse to believe that the couple’s love is for real.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello have a long-distance relationship

These days, Mendes and Cabello seem to still be going strong, in spite of the backlash and rampant speculation.

Since they both have very busy careers, Mendes and Cabello frequently find themselves on opposite ends of the world — but they don’t let that get in their way of feeling close to each other.

Recently, they were spotted wearing matching bracelets specifically designed for couples in long-distance relationships. The bracelets, called Bond Touch bracelets, are designed to light up and vibrate when the other person touches theirs, regardless of how far apart they happen to be from each other. 

Of course, Mendes and Cabello probably also find plenty of time to call or text each other when they aren’t able to hang out in person. For now, the young couple seems to be doing quite well, and there’s every reason to believe that they are getting ready to spend their first holiday season together as a newly-christened couple.