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Now They’re Not Kissing, to Prove That They Kiss

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On Monday evening, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello performed their collaborative single “Señorita” at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. The world (and tabloids) promised it would be steamy. And it was. Sort of. They didn’t kiss, despite how much joy it would’ve given me, Joe Jonas, and Sophie Turner.


This young coupling of celebrity dreamboats allegedly got together earlier this summer, sometime in late June or early July, not long after Cabello publicly split from boyfriend Matthew Hussey, an English YouTuber and self-described “relationship coach.” #Shamila was photographed a few times together, and in the weeks since, have been caught doing nothing but kissing. The timing with the release of “Señorita” was suspect enough for me to question this relationship’s legitimacy. The gossip rags wanted the kissing marathon to extend to the VMAs stage. But alas, they did not kiss. If you’re me, you think it is to continue to convince people that they kiss, this time by not kissing. I assure you my basement is not full of images and post-it notes connected by red string.

These two are clearly refusing to kiss on stage as a tease. But are they actually dating or am I just a lonely, cynical blogger who has lost the ability to genuinely enjoy things?

No. Senior Writer, Jezebel. My debut book, LARGER THAN LIFE: A History of Boy Bands, is out now.

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I miss the days where this was the kind of stuff I had strong opinions and theories about this stuff. And I am NOT saying that in a snarky, holier-than-thou, passive aggressive kind of way. I really do miss not knowing much about the world, politics, etc . . . I’m ashamed to admit it, but before Trump, I wasn’t exactly sure who my congressman was. I did know who my senators were, but I’d never contacted them. I always voted, but being from Tennessee I’d go and vote for the Democrats on the ballot, they’d lose (except for Obama!), and two years later, the cycle would repeat. Now I’m like a grizzled old political writer who has lived exclusively in the political realm for 30 years, and I find myself disconnected from my beloved pop culture. Also now, I find myself having a very charitable attitude about celebrity love affairs. I can’t muster up cynicism about them. I want the relationships to be real and last forever. I want happily ever after for everyone, even the douchebags. Pete Davidson and Ariana. Miley and Liam. These two singers I’m not familiar with. What has happened to me??!!