Shawn Mendes can whip up a super romantic song what seems to us listeners rather easily. His album Illuminate is filled with heartfelt lyrics about love and heartbreak but we're all out here like where is this inspo coming from? Does Shawn have a secret girlfriend? What's his relationship status at the moment? Well, we're here to break it all down since yes, we usually just focus on his music but we know everyone is curious about his love life and we just want to get down to the facts.
Is Shawn single?
Currently, the "Mercy" crooner is 100% single to our knowledge and he's said he is looking for that special someone. At the 2017 American Music Awards, E! News' Jason Kennedy asked Shawn if he's dating anybody at the moment and Shawn simply said nope.
"No I'm not currently, no," Shawn said. Jason then asked what's a quality Shawn looks for in a potential GF and he gave a classic answer.
"Humor, humor is my number one thing," Shawn said.
Who is Shawn's girlfriend?
Shawn isn't dating anyone at the moment that we know about for certain, but that doesn't mean he hasn't had plenty of flings along the way and he seems to have a thing for older girls. In a radio interview in New Zealand on The Edge, he admitted the oldest girl he's hooked up is 25 years old when he was 19 years old. So yes, the EXACT AGE HE IS NOW. Who is this mystery girl Shawn? We need some details here. He did also mention in an interview with Billboard in 2016 he was seeing someone who was older at one time but when that fizzled out, he ended up writing the song "Patience" about it.
"[It] is about a girl older than me who I hooked up with, but the next day was so scared because of how young I was. I have a sore spot for older people who are weird around younger people," Shawn said. Wonder who these girls are because we have all the questions about these romances. He has had a long-term relationship in the past though that gave him some song inspiration along the way, although Shawn has said he just generally writes about love naturally.
"I actually had a girlfriend for two years and so I wrote songs about her. But I write a lot of songs about love that I may not understand exactly but I do think I have a good almost understanding of it and I try my hardest and I find it extremely fun because I think love is the most powerful feeling a human can experience so I can write a million songs about it," Shawn said during a fan Q & A.
Two years is a long time! Now, it's unclear as to when exactly this love story went down for us to try and pinpoint who the lucky girl is. At only 19 years old, he hasn't been in the public eye all the long, mostly just in the last few years, so he's either really good at keeping things under the radar, or this girlfriend was from before he really became the superstar he is now. Although he has never publicly confirmed anything, most fans have speculated his former flame is Lauren Arendse who he went to prom with in 2015.
The two were clearly an item in the early days of his career but since then, Shawn really hasn't had much time for another full-blown relationship it seems.
Has Shawn ever been in love?
While he has had tons of romantic relationships, he hasn't quite had any terrible heartbreak so it appears he hasn't met the love of his life quite yet.
"I have mildly [suffered for love], not as much as I make it sound like. I need to get my heart broken so I can write another album. I don't think I've ever had my heart broken," Shawn said to Fernanda Catania, better known for her YouTube channel Foquinha. "I'm lucky, but that means it has to happen. But that's good, I can't wait for it to happen because I'll probably get some good songs out of it."
Is Shawn dating Hailey Baldwin?
Lately, Shawn has been spotted spending time with the stunning model, with the two going to dinner, hanging out in Universal Studios in Hollywood and apparently were rather cozy at a Halloween party. Plus, they did snap a pic together along with Rita Ora at the 2017 EMAs.
Shawn with hailey baldwin and rita ora at the EMAS after party!!! pic.twitter.com/7f7XibR6rE— shawn mendes (@MendesNotified) November 13, 2017
While neither had publicly commented on the status of their friendship exactly, Shawn himself was asked about their relationship on the EMAs red carpet by BILD, a German outlet and a reporter who works for the publication translated Shawn's quotes on Twitter. Basically, they're just friends.
"She is amazing. We were at a Halloween party together. But we are not dating. We were never dating," Shawn said.
HUH, OKAY. But hey, they could still be in those early stages where yes, they're friends trying to figure out if there's something more between them too. It's rather interesting too, since Hailey was once linked to Shawn's longtime friend, Cameron Dallas. Small world, right?
Did Shawn date Camila Cabello?
Ever since Shawn and Camila gave the world their duet "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and plenty of adorable moments, everyone wants to know if there was anything more to their friendship. While they would look super cute together and already have so much love for one another, they're simply friends.
"We’re just really close friends. She is one of those people who is just very easy to connect with and still, to this day, is one of my greatest friends. You find that instant connection with people, and she’s one of them. She’s a f—ing great writer. Even if we just wrote for other people, I would be happy to do that because she’s such a thrill to write with and work with," Shawn said to People.
No love match here, just a beautiful friendship. And that's all we need.
Did Shawn date Chloe Grace Moretz?
So this rumor came about when the singer and the actress exchanged some rather flirty messages with each other on Twitter. Shawn shared a v handsome pic of himself from a photo shoot on Twitter that happened to catch Chloe's eye.
And Shawn noticed her GIF reply, which she coyly blamed on being jet lag.
I guess the creativity hits when I can't sleep from jet lag 🙈🙃— Chloë Grace Moretz (@ChloeGMoretz) October 12, 2016
Those are flirty tweets in our eyes but alas, nothing came from this interaction and Chloe has been on and off with Brooklyn Beckham for years anyway. So no, she didn't date Shawn. Just admired a cute photo of him. Same, girl.
Who is Shawn's ideal girl?
Shawn has mentioned that he for sure has a type and if you fit the description, then just know you totally have a chance if you ever meet him!
"I really like funny girls, girls with a witty sense of humor; so if someone is able to catch onto what I’m saying very quickly, I find that very attractive. I really like brunettes…and also, dancers! I have a thing for dancers," he once said to Notion magazine.
What type of boyfriend is Shawn?
The "Treat You Better" singer already has a perfect date in mind, which he shared to Kiss 92.5.
"Honestly, keep it simple. Go to dinner," Shawn said. "First, I'd probably ask like where you want to go. If I don't get an answer, I don't know. I'd probably just ask somebody I work with because they always know good places to eat."
After you're done enjoying a meal together, he obviously doesn't want the night to end there and he's all about that romantic stroll afterward.
"I'd probably just go for a walk somewhere. I would probably keep [the guitar playing] until later," he added. OK, so not serenading on a first date, good to know. And would he be publicly flaunting his love to his millions of followers and fans? Well, all signs seem to point to yes, although he's really about making sure he does whatever it is the leading lady in his life prefers.
"I think it's all about, in that moment, how I feel. I just take life how it comes to me. If whoever I end up with doesn’t want to be in the eye, then they won’t be in the eye. But if they don’t care, then they will be. It's all about who I'm with or exactly how our relationship is," he continued to Kiss 92.5. "Truthfully, sometimes privacy is a serious thing — but less about me and just more about just my family and friends."
He did tweet once in 2014 though that if he is ever in a relationship, he's more than willing to share that with his fans.
I don't have a girlfriend ... If i did i would tell you guys— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) January 3, 2014
So Shawn is really an open book and when he gets a girlfriend, we'll all be here rooting for him. Until then, at least we have the oh so romantic "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" music video to hold us over until we see him in an actual relationship one day.
This post was originally published on Oct. 5, 2017, and has since been updated.