Are Shawn Mendes and Hailey Baldwin the hottest new couple that's slowly on the rise? Well, we're not entirely sure just yet, but there is evidence these two have been running in the same circle and suddenly we're shipping a pair we never thought we needed in our lives until now.
OK, so let's break it down a bit. Both Shawn and Hailey were in attendance at the 2017 MTV EMAs in London, where Shawn snagged some major awards and Hailey hit the stage to present. In fact, the "Mercy" crooner who clearly always feels right at home when he's up on stage, was seen giving the supermodel some advice before she presented, since she was feeling a little nervous.
"If this makes you feel better, you can't hear with the audience, it's impossible to hear anything. You'll be fine, you'll be good," Shawn said to Hailey.
Umm, now that is just too cute. The pair was later spotted at an afterparty together posing for a selfie along with Rita Ora, giving us a glimpse at what these two look like an actual couple if that's where they're headed.
How cute do they look together though? There are rumors swirling the two were seen kissing all night long during the party but we might just have evidence from Shawn himself that nothing serious is going on here. He spoke to BILD, a German outlet while at the awards show and a reporter who works for the publication translated Shawn's quotes on Twitter about his relationship with Hailey. 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. He went on to say yet again the radio show The Edge Afternoons with Jono, Ben & Sharyn that all of the rumors surrounding him and Hailey are just that, rumors.
"We are not dating, no. Apparently, if you walk down the street with someone, you're married to them," Shawn said, saying there isn't any truth to the stories the pair has been spotted out and about all hot and heavy, kissing in public. There were sources out there spilling the supposed tea about the pair and according to a source who spoke to E! News, these two are actually dating.
"It started out casual as they would run into each other at parties and hangout, but most recently it's become more serious. They are definitely dating and spend a lot of time together," the source said. "A few months ago they were sneaking out of public venues like Delilah while trying to not make a scene and now they have gone on private vacations to Europe. Their relationship has grown and they don't care if anyone sees them now."
OMG vacations?! Wow, if this really did happen, they're doing an amazing job of keeping things super hush-hush. But to our knowledge, Shawn has been super busy working on his third album but hey, that doesn't mean Hailey hasn't come to visit! As mentioned, they were also both on hand at Kendall Jenner's Halloween party where the supermodel, Hailey and their friend singer Justine Skye dressed up as The Powerpuff Girls, and sources claim Shawn and Hailey were hanging out all night, in full-on couple mode.
"He had his arm around Hailey and stayed by her side all night," a source told PEOPLE, who also said the pair left the party together at 1 a.m. holding hands. This comes right on the heels of the two being spotted at Universal's Horror Nights a few days prior, and one lucky fan tweeted about casually running the pair while she was out and about at the park too.
As she further explained, there didn't seem to be any evidence the two were acting romantic at all, just hanging out for a fun night out with friends. And yes, Shawn is just as cute IRL as you would imagine.
But not too long before that, the pair was spotted by some eagle-eyed fans out to dinner together.
And then they both tweeted the same exact thing, at the exact same time. Here's Shawn's tweet:
Clearly, this is some type of inside joke between them that we all want to be a part of now, tbh. The pair was both in attendance at the King of Leon concert on Oct. 8 too and the "Mercy" singer was spotted having the time of his life, totally jamming out.
And fans then snagged a pic of Shawn walking in the venue toward a few people and the girl on the left with the blond hair in the jacket and shorts is said to be Hailey.
So did they chat for a bit? Did they hang out together? While we may not ever really know, there's a good chance they at least said hi to each other since Hailey is a fan of Shawn and his music and they are friends. The stunning beauty was spotted at his concert in Brooklyn back in August and she took selfies with tons of fans. Plus, she was wearing a pink hat that featured red roses on it and anyone who's listened to Shawn's Illuminate album knows "Roses" is a very beloved track and perhaps this was Hailey's way of letting everyone know the emotional tune is her favorite.
And there are screenshots floating around of a supposed deleted tweet Hailey sent out the night of Shawn's show letting everyone know she was planning to truly have the best time ever at his show.
Plus, she has proven time and time again she truly is such a fan of Shawn's music. Here she is jamming out to "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back":
And admitting she's cried listening to Shawn's album each time she listened to it:
We're over here like same, girl. There's the added connection between these two that Hailey is BFF and may have even dated Cameron Dallas too, who as we all know has a history with Shawn since they've been bros dating back to the early MagCon days. So was Cam the one who introduced the pair somehow? It appears Hailey no longer follows Cameron on Instagram though, so that adds another interesting layer to this all. So what do we make of all this?
Well, there's a chance there isn't anything romantic going on between Shawn and Hailey after all as much as we would hope and she just happens to be a fan of his music and they're just friends. At the 2017 American Music Awards, Hailey let everyone know she 100% wasn't in attendance, even though Shawn was.
And while the singer was on the red carpet for the AMAs 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. So there we have it: seems like Shawn and Hailey aren't a thing although we all would love to see them together. They would make a stunning couple, so who knows, this could easily be the start of something new too. If they ever do decide to date, we're here for it. After all, Shawn has said he's never really had his heart broken, which means maybe he hasn't found true love quite. Yet...
This post was originally published on Oct. 19, 2017, and has since been updated.