Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello may have parted ways, but the couple’s friendship is as solid as ever. In a recent interview with an On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Mendes revealed that he and his ex-girlfriend Cabello are in a good place months after breaking up their almost two-year relationship in November.
Shawn said, “(We’re) so friendly. I mean, I loved Camila first for so many years and, that’s never gonna change.” The singer also said that his new song “When You’re Gone,” which features revealing lyrics about trying to get over a difficult breakup, was written about a month after their split, and he found the writing process healing.
The singer went on to explain, “I think it’s really just the processing and the complexities of that, the complexities of knowing something is better and still wanting to hold on and all the reasons why.” He added, “I’m really glad to be able to just be real and authentic with my music because it’s cathartic for me too, to be able to write about these things.”
Mendes further added that he related to the feeling that happy relationships can sometimes be scary, as there’s always a lingering fear that they’ll end and the aftermath will be too difficult to handle. “I think most people have that fear, but in a lot of ways, I think a breakup can be a blessing too because it can really show you that you are (strong enough), which is necessary,” he said.
The star previously said that he ran the lyrics of When You’re Gone which includes lines like “I didn’t know that loving you was the happiest I’ve ever been/So I’m just tryna hold on” past Cabello before releasing the song. “Camila and I have always been writers for as long as we’ve known each other, so we understand what that means,” he told Extra. “And we respect what that means. And there’ll always be transparency between us.”