Since the sad sad day Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes ended their two-year-long relationship with a joint statement back in November, the “Bam Bam” singer had remained silent about the breakup. However, as her latest single featuring Ed Sheeran started that conversation with its lyrics, Camila is now opening up about what prompted the split.
In a new interview with Zane Lowe for New Music Daily, the pop star explained that her “priorities have fluctuated” and her “focus has changed,” which impacted her work and personal relationships.
“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?” she said. “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.”
Cabello went on to tell Zane that when it came to making her upcoming album, she did things differently this time around.
Aside from taking inspiration from her favorite Latin music growing up, Cabello wasn’t focused on creating the best music or the best album. Instead, it was about creating music with people she enjoys spending time with. “My number one intention was, how can I just make music with people that I want to f***ing have dinner with afterward?” she said. “How can me talking about these things help me build trust with people?”
Camila also went on to explain that she wanted to work with people who could relate to her and validate her experience, which is also her desire throughout her relationship with Mendes as well. Noting, “same thing with those years that we were together. My focus was just, how can I live a happy life and be in a healthy, happy relationship? I was doing therapy a lot. My focus really has shifted.”
While talking about her new single, Camila told Lowe, “I love Shawn. And I feel like there is literally nothing but love for him, and 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—you know, 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, like hopefully this can make you kinda be like, ‘it is that way now, but things are always taking, you know, crazy turns.”
Now, as the singer prepares for the release of her third studio album, due out on April 8, it’s all about that mindset and her newfound priorities .
“Even now while I’m in promo mode, honestly, if I’m not having fun, what’s the f***ing point?” she asked Lowe. “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 okay.”