Shawn Mendes says he loved Camila Cabello for 5 years, but didn’t tell her because he feared rejection

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  • Shawn Mendes spoke about his relationship with girlfriend Camila Cabello in a new interview with Access Hollywood.
  • The "Wonder" singer said that for years, he wanted to tell Cabello how he felt about her, but couldn't do it because of the "fear of getting rejected by her."  
  • "It took a long time of preparing," Mendes said. "I had a five-year warmup to finally be able to tell her how I felt."
  • The two stars met in 2014 and started dating in 2019. 
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Shawn Mendes said in a recent interview he waited years to tell Camila Cabello he loved her because he feared rejection. 

"It takes a lot of courage to tell the woman that you love that you love her," Mendes told Access Hollywood.

"I had five years of fear of getting rejected by her that just stopped me from doing it every time, or just confidence," he added. "It just took a lot. It took a long time of preparing. I had a five-year warmup to finally be able to tell her how I felt."

Mendes and Cabello met in 2014 as opening acts for singer Austin Mahone's tour. At the time, Mendes was a soloist on his first-ever tour and Cabello was part of the group Fifth Harmony. They went on to like each other for years but didn't start dating until 2019.

In Mendes' recently-released Netflix documentary titled "Shawn Mendes: In Wonder," both stars opened up about how their relationship blossomed. 

"I really liked him. I guess he liked me but I don't really know," Cabello said, explaining that they grew even closer as they promoted the track together following its release that year.

Mendes, for his part, felt the same way about her and admitted that many of his previously released songs (like "Treat You Better") were about Cabello — which she didn't even realize.

The "Wonder" singer also said that Cabello always looks out for him, and he doesn't think he'll ever be able to write songs that truly capture their relationship. 

During a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Mendes also said that they have "absolutely" discussed getting engaged.

"She's been one of my best friends since I was, like, 15 years old," he said. "I don't know. At the same time, I know we are really young so I don't want to jump, like, insanely fast, but I think when you find your person, you feel and you know that you have found your person."

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