While staying in the English countryside, Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello answers 73 rapid-fire questions. As Camila strums a guitar, she talks about her songwriting process and her excitement about playing the newest incarnation of Cinderella.
The “Motivation” singer is opening up about the elephant in the room surrounding her fellow Fifth Harmony alum Camila Cabello and the series of racist posts and memes the "Señorita” singer wrote and shared as a teen, which resurfaced late last year.
“I struggled with talking about this because I didn’t want it to be a part of my narrative, but I am a black woman, who is a part of an entire generation that has a similar story," Normani, born Normani Hamilton, wrote in an e-mailed statement to Rolling Stone when asked about the posts, featured in her cover story published Friday.
“It would be dishonest if I said that this particular scenario didn’t hurt me,” she admitted. “It was devastating that this came from a place that was supposed to be a safe haven and a sisterhood, because I knew that if the tables were turned I would defend each of them in a single heartbeat. It took days for her to acknowledge what I was dealing with online and then years for her to take responsibility for the offensive tweets that recently resurfaced. Whether or not it was her intention, this made me feel like I was second to the relationship that she had with her fans."
In December, the 22-year-old “Havana” singer apologized for the “ignorant” and “hurtful language” she employed in the Tumblr posts, which included use of the N-word, racial stereotypes and a meme involving blackface.
She went on to say, “I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity for personal growth” and remains optimistic "that an important lesson was learned in this.
“I hope there is genuine understanding about why this was absolutely unacceptable,” she continued. "I have spoken what is in my heart and pray this is transparent enough that I never have to speak on it again.”
Camila Cabello has opened up about how being in love with Shawn Mendes is more “exhausting” that anyone could have guessed.
The singer spilled the beans about their relationship during an interview with Jimmy Hill at The Global Awards 2020. She admitted that she isn’t sure if the couple will work together on another duet in the future.
“I want more, we want more but honestly we’re being in our twenties,” she said.
Sometimes a deep breath can do a lot more for your mental health than you might expect. In an Instagram post on Monday, Camila Cabello opened up about her personal struggles with anxiety and stress, citing meditation as a point of relief that better helps her to be at one with herself and the world around her. "Meditation has changed my life in the last few months," Cabello wrote. "I didn't share this with you guys at the time because honestly I was just trying to be okay, but I was experiencing severe anxiety. It was meditation — it was practicing every single day multiple times a day that has been healing me, and, more than just helping me manage strong emotions like anxiety and stress, it's making me a better human."
"May you be healthy. May you be safe. May you be free from illness. May you be well." Cabello went on to point out the benefits of meditation, including that it makes her feel closer to nature and more in tune with her own emotions and those of people around her. "Not only does it help in times like this with stress and anxiety, meditation is the practice of strengthening habits like empathy, love, and compassion — making you feel more connected to not only everybody around you, but living beings in general like animals, plants, and the earth, which is a living being, itself."
Given the coronavirus outbreak, Cabello urged those suffering more stress and anxiety than usual to take into consideration their own well-being and that of those around them, particularly those highly susceptible to the virus. "In times like these, especially as young people, even if we are healthy, it's important to practice compassion and help others that could be suffering. We are in this together, let's not be indifferent to others [sic] risk. It's our responsibility to do whatever it takes to keep everyone safe. Empathy to others' reality and solidarity could make the difference in hard moments like this. We can't think that we will be unaffected because we feel young and healthy. We have parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors, and we don't want to be a part of the problem when we could be part of the solution."
Cabello suggested her followers take the time to meditate by sitting up straight and feeling "gravity grounding your body to the earth's surface and supporting you." Next, she recommended taking three deep breaths and keeping track of each inhale and exhale until your mind has stilled. "Once your mind has stilled. Picture every human in the world right now, elders, people that have respiratory problems and are vulnerable, picture the people that are vulnerable, picture their families, and say 'May you be healthy. May you be safe. May you be free from illness. May you be well.' Repeat until you really feel it in your heart — love you guys, please stay safe!"
Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes have just hit another (unexpected) milestone in their relationship: They're sheltering in place together during the coronavirus outbreak. The two have been officially together since July 4th last year, which means their relationship is more than eight months old.
During their joint quarantine, the couple passed the time by doing a livestream performance sponsored by Global Citizen and the World Health Organization. The concert, which the duo performed on Instagram Live Friday, featured a four-song set. Live from their social-distancing spot in the jungle, they sang their smash 2019 hit, "Señorita," Mendes's "Lost in Japan," a cover of Ed Sheeran's "Kiss Me," and Cabello's "Havana."
"We're gonna sing a few songs today, because social distancing doesn't have to be boring," Cabello said at the start of the concert. "It doesn't. This is a crazy time, and we're all gonna come out of this together. We're gonna pull through, and we're gonna try to connect and make each other smile in the meantime, and so that's what this is for. So we will go flat and sharp. And we will miss a couple harmonies."
With that, the two started off a concert that actually featured some pretty funny moments. Most of these moments had to with Mendes's long hair, about which fans had many opinions. Here are some of the gems from yesterday's (socially distant) concert.
When someone from Nickelodeon's Instagram account wrote, "What's going on with your hair, Shawn?" Cabello responded quickly with her opinion Mendes's look. "I like it a lot," she said. She also offered an alternate way that quote could be read. "What's going on with your hair, Shawn? Oh my god I like it," she said in a positive tone. When a Shawn Mendes fan account wrote that Mendes's hair looks great, Cabello said, "I am 'Shawn Mendes Updates'—secretly."
When Cabello jokingly called pronounced Ed Sheeran in a new way When the duo introduced their friend Sheeran's song "My Kiss," Cabello had a bit of fun with the singer's name. "We're gonna start with a cover song by our favorite person in the whole world," Mendes starts. "Teddy Sheron," Cabello says, jokingly. "Didn't we sing this song when we were younger, too?," Cabello asks. "We did," Mendes confirms. "So now we're gonna sing it again. Older but not wiser."
When they adorably break into laughter in the middle of their Ed Sheeran cover As they sing, the couple stares at each other and start to break smiles. "This is happening because we did that a hundred million times and we're nervous now," Mendes says. "There was no way that wasn't gonna happen." This giggle-fest is far more entertaining and lovely than a straight take of this song, tbh.
When Cabello pretended she didn't know about her and Mendes's famous duet, "Señorita" "What songs do we sing together? We don't even sing any songs together," Cabello said, adding she's doing that bit because that's what she does at a concert.
Before they sang Señorita, their final song of the set, the couple reminded their fans to take care of themselves during this tough time.
"Guys, before we go, we love you," Mendes said. "We love you so much. We care about everyone. Again, I just want to say be patient with yourself. Please do. Give yourself the patience and love you deserve right now." Cabello added: "As human beings we're really coming together, we really are," she said. "And that's the only way we get through these kinds of things is coming together."