Shawn Mendes reveals how Camila Cabello's body positivity impacted him

Shawn Mendes got personal about his relationship with girlfriend Camila Cabello in a new GQ interview. 

The 22-year-old musician gave fans a relatively unfettered look at his life in his new film In Wonder and continues to share in the magazine's January/February 2021 issue. 

Getting candid about Cabello, 23, and the media scrutiny she and her body have endured over the years, Mendes said her response to criticism has 'really changed my life.' 

Life changing: Shawn Mendes, 22, says that girlfriend Camila Cabello's response to media scrutiny of her body, 'really changed my life,' in new interview with GQ

Life changing: Shawn Mendes, 22, says that girlfriend Camila Cabello's response to media scrutiny of her body, 'really changed my life,' in new interview with GQ

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Praising Cabello for being, 'so strong, so clear and confident with her [body] and so articulate and empathetic about other people's,' he said that spending time around her has 'really changed my view of mine,' acknowledging that she faces a level of inspection as a female that is ten time worse than his. 

'Some days I would have three hours of sleep, [because] I'd get up two hours early just to be able to work out', he said as he held himself to an incredibly high standard and an internal voice that told him, 'If you don't work out, you're going to lose fans.'

'You are not your body. You are not your voice. You are not your songs. You are you and people love you because of you,' his family and friends would tell him though it sometimes fell on deaf ears.  

His perspective on his body continued to be magnified after landing a Calvin Klein campaign and he started to connect being a 'pinnacle of fitness,' with his identity, adding that ultimately he has learned, that 'taking that extra few hours of sleep, instead of waking up to pump iron, is a better choice sometimes.' 

Pinnacle of fitness: His perspective on his body continued to be magnified after landing a Calvin Klein campaign and he started to connect being a 'pinnacle of fitness,' with his identity; pictured 2019

Pinnacle of fitness: His perspective on his body continued to be magnified after landing a Calvin Klein campaign and he started to connect being a 'pinnacle of fitness,' with his identity; pictured 2019 

Cabello - who has been a long time inspiration in his music over the years, as he has said that all of his songs are about her - has also learned a lot from dating Shawn. 

'It's not just the happy blissful moments you see in pictures and videos - when you're in a relationship with someone, it feels like they are this mirror reflecting yourself back to you - I constantly have to confront my fears, my anxieties, my insecurities, my patterns of thinking, my beliefs about life and about myself,' she said in an Instagram post. 

Speaking to VMan Magazine, Shawn praised his Senorita collaborator for being a 'calming presence in his life,'

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