The 2021 Met Gala was a star-studded and eventful evening. But one of the most interesting interactions happened away from the crowds.
Vogue captured an uncomfortable altercation between Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello and Hailey and Justin Bieber. Here’s the story of these two couples and what made their interaction so awkward.
Shawn Mendes attended the Met Gala with Hailey Bieber in 2018
In 2018, Shawn Mendes and Hailey Bieber, then Hailey Baldwin, attended the Met Gala together. Although they never publicly labeled their relationship, they spent a lot of time together and appeared to be romantically involved.
Just a month after attending the Met Gala with Mendes, Hailey Baldwin reconciled with Justin Bieber. Bieber had just broken up with Selena Gomez, his occasional girlfriend for years, again. Bieber and Baldwin married a few months later. Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello confirmed their relationship in 2019.
In his 2020 documentary Shawn Mendes: in awe, Mendes said all of his songs are about Cabello. “My song is on the radio or something, and I’m like, ‘It’s all about you. They are all, they have always been for you, ”he said in the documentary, describing a conversation he had with Cabello. “She said, ‘What do you mean?’ Like, ‘They’re all about you. Like all the songs I’ve ever written. But the timeline of her relationship with Baldwin has fans questioning the veracity of that statement.
Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber also have a story
Not only did Mendes date Hailey Bieber when she was Hailey Baldwin, but he also has a rich history with Justin Bieber.
“Who is Shawn Mendes? Justin famously said when asked about his fellow musician in an interview. The two stars have made numerous comparisons throughout their careers. After all, they’re both young and beautiful Canadian musicians… and they both dated Hailey Baldwin.
It’s unclear if Bieber was intentionally casting shade or if he really didn’t know who Mendes was (although given their many comparisons, the latter is unlikely).
But we know Bieber is a sassy master when it comes to his romantic rivals from his comments on The Weeknd. While Bieber’s ex Selena Gomez was dating The Weeknd (yet another Canadian singer), TMZ asked him about The Weeknd’s music. “No, I can’t listen to a Weeknd song. It’s crazy, ”Justin joked.
Since Bieber’s comment saying he didn’t know Mendes, the two have collaborated on the song “Monster” and its backing clip. They premiered the hit in 2020, two years after Justin and Hailey Bieber married. So it looks like the two stars crushed any beef they might have had.
The two couples met at the 2021 Met Gala
The four celebrities struck up a brief, stilted conversation at the Met Gala.
To his credit, Cabello greeted the Beibers with enthusiasm. If we didn’t know better, we might think she had no idea her partner’s history with the couple. Mendes, for his part, hugged lightly and barely looked at his ex Hailey, instead focusing on Justin Bieber.
Bieber was quick to recognize Mendes’ fleshless outfit. “You went for the shirtless vibes. I like it.”
The entire interaction lasted no more than a few seconds, but it felt like an eternity worthy of cringe, so we can only imagine what it felt like for the four of them.
After the Biebers left, Mendes and Cabello looked each other in the eye and exchanged a quick kiss.
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‘Vogue’ filmed the awkward moment between Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, and Hailey and Justin Bieber
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello shot a “Getting Ready With” video for Vogue who immortalized their awkward encounter with the Biebers.
Before showing the couple’s conversation with Justin and Hailey Bieber, the video followed Mendes and Cabello as they prepared for one of the biggest fashion nights of the year.
In the foregrounds, Mendes cleansed the energy from the room by burning Palo Santo, a process he called “witchy things.” He assured viewers that “it’s necessary, guys.”
The video also showed Mendes getting his fingernails painted only to intentionally chip them as part of his look. Mendes wore a black leather jacket with slacks and suspenders, going bare-chested, as Justin Bieber noted.
Cabello wore a matching royal purple ensemble consisting of a cropped top and a voluminous skirt adorned with sequins and feathers.