The ‘Senorita’ hitmaker is now in a relationship with the former Fifth Harmony singer but he has confessed it took him half a decade before he admitted to himself he was in love.
Watching back a clip from a joint interview the couple did in 2015, years before they became an item, Shawn said on The Late Late Show with James Corden: “It’s really hard [to watch it back]. I remember that. I didn’t even accept that I was completely in love with her. Three years after that is when I finally admitted it, and another two years after that was when I decided to do something about it.”
Meanwhile, the 22-year-old singer recently said dating the ‘Havana’ hitmaker has taught him to be less afraid of speaking from his heart and has allowed him to be more “vulnerable”.
He said: “I realised I had a lot of fear as a human … to say how my heart was feeling. I realised when it comes to matters of the heart, we don’t really have to be experts. I thought that I was a pretty open, emotional, guy until I started being in a relationship with someone that I really, truly love and, realising that ‘oh no, I really have this big ego, and I don’t want to show her that I’m hurting and I don’t want to show her that that offended me, and like I want to be the man, and I want to be strong in this relationship.’ It was hurting our relationship, but real strength does lie inside of being emotional and vulnerable.”