The pop stars, who collaborated on the steamy 2019 duet “Señorita,” announced their breakup after two years of dating on Wednesday.
“We’ve decided to end our romantic relationship but our love for one another as humans is stronger than ever,” the singers each posted on their Instagram Stories. “we started our relationship as best friends and will continue to be best friends. we so appreciate your support from the beginning and moving forward.”
Mendes, 23, and Cabello, 24, played coy about their relationship status for months in 2019 before confirming their romance on Instagram that September with a sloppy make-out session that poked fun at their haters.
“So we saw on Twitter … you guys saying stuff about the way we’re kissing and how it looks weird, like we kiss like fish,” Mendes said in the 2019 video, referring to critics’ reactions to various paparazzi shots of the singers engaging in PDA.
“Yeah, it really hurt our feelings,” Cabello added sarcastically at the time. Mendes continued: “We just want to show you how we really kiss.”
The pair burst into laughter shortly after licking each other’s faces in an over-the-top French kiss.
The affectionate couple quarantined together in Miami during much of the 2020 pandemic.
“It was the first time I was quiet and I was able to be like, ‘What is happening in this world and how do I feel about it and what can I do and where does this go from here?’ ” Mendes told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe ahead of the release of his new album, “Wonder” in November 2020. “That was the best gift I think I’ve ever, ever been given in my whole life.”
In an October interview this year, Cabello told Glamour the two had found individual therapy to be useful.
“For better, for worse, we’re very transparent with each other. I think that’s why we can trust each other so much, because it’s a very 3D human relationship,” she said. “I’ll be venting or ranting about something, and he’ll be like, ‘Have you talked to X about it?’ And I’ll be like, ‘No. I’ve got to do a session.’ And he’ll do the same thing to me.”
She continued: “I think even just the language of being like, ‘Hey, I’m sorry that I’ve been distant with you or snappy with you. I’m just struggling and I’m feeling kind of anxious.’ That level of transparency really helps a lot.”
The couple attended the Met Gala together in September, showing PDA on the carpeted steps.
Cabello recently starred in Amazon Prime’s musical, “Cinderella.” Both performed at the 2021 VMAs: Cabello took the stage for her hit song “Don’t Go Yet,” while Mendes performed his hit “Summer of Love” with Tainy.
Contributing: Cydney Henderson