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Camila Cabello Worried Shawn Mendes Duet ‘Señorita’ Could Make the ‘Couple Thing’ Her ‘New Identity’

Breakups are hard, but being permanently tied to your ex through a smash hit song can be even harder.

In a new Complex cover story published Wednesday (June 26) ahead of her new album C,XOXO, Camila Cabello got candid about her feelings toward “Señorita,” which she released in 2019 with Shawn Mendes just before they started publicly dating — and suffice to say, it’s not necessarily her favorite song in her discography now that the two stars are split up.

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When asked whether she ever tires of hearing the Billboard Hot 100-topping duet or “Havana” — which also reached No. 1 on the chart in its heyday — the Fifth Harmony alum said yes, but especially “Señorita.”

“I think there’s always a worry when a song becomes so massive that it’s going to be bigger than you,” she told the publication. “I obviously love that they were so massive and successful. But it does get people attached to you in a certain light. I was in a really public relationship and as a woman, you’re like, ‘I don’t want this couple thing to be my new identity.’”

Cabello and Mendes first sparked romance rumors in July 2019, one month after “Señorita” dropped. The pair went on to date for about two years before announcing their breakup in November 2021, sharing a joint statement that read: “Hey guys, we’ve decided to end our romantic relationship but our love for one another as humans is stronger than ever. We started our relationship as best friends and will continue to be best friends.”

The pair appeared to reunite in April 2023 when fans spotted them packing on PDA at Coachella; however, their rekindling was short-lived. Earlier this year, Cabello confirmed on Call Her Daddy that she and the “Stitches” singer had temporarily gotten back together but quickly decided to end it.

“It was a fun moment,” she said on the podcast. “I think you’re just kind of like, ‘Yeah, this doesn’t really … it’s not a fit — it doesn’t feel right. Luckily, I was in a place in my life where … it took us both less time to be like, ‘This doesn’t feel right and we don’t really need to try so hard to make it work. It’s all good, let’s move on.’”

See Cabello’s Complex cover below.

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