Stromae is inviting you to a private tropical villa in the Love Island-inspired music video for the new remix of the Belgian pop singer’s “Mon Amour,” which was released Wednesday (July 27). And Camila Cabello is coming along for the ride.
The visual begins with an introduction to various contestants, including Stromae and Cabello, who are instructed to interact with each other in pursuit of love and romance. The participants engage in different activities ranging from pool parties and groovy dancing, though the fun doesn’t stop drama from going down, with fights ensuing and luggage thrown from balconies.
Holding a kitschy red lip-shaped telephone, Cabello embraces her newfound post-breakup freedom, but she appears stuck in a love triangle between two guys. “You think only you can have fun?” she sings cheekily. “Think again / I've been boy crazy since I was like 10 / I like him but I also like his friend (Damn, that's fucked up) / Twenty-something, first time I'm free / This summer, I belong to me.”
For the chorus, the “Havana” singer and Stromae sing a hypnotic duet in French, creating a heavenly harmony between Cabello’s soprano vocals and Stromae’s baritone. “My love, my love / You know / There's only you / And that I'll love you forever,” he vocalizes.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Stromae said “Mon Amour” is about a cheating man who “every time he’s in a relationship, he fucks everything up.” Fittingly, in the music video, one of the contestants continuously gets involved with deceiving and betraying multiple others. Then, at one point, participants float in the air and disappear, leaving him all alone in the villa.
The song is the latest single and ninth track from Stromae’s third and most recent studio album Multitude. It was produced by his younger brother, Luc Van Haver. “Far from disliking or mocking reality TV, [the video] serves as a perfect prism to sublimate the human comedy that is played out in Stromae’s lyrics,” Van Haver said. “In these candidates, there is a bit of each of us.”
This collaboration is a dream come true for Cabello. She had expressed a longtime interest in wanting to collaborate with the “Papaoutai” singer, dating as far back as 2015 when she was still performing with Fifth Harmony. While visiting France in 2017, Cabello shared her love for the singer-songwriter in a radio appearance. “I know he’s not French, but I love Stromae,” she said before singing lyrics from his songs, “Tous les Mêmes” and “Formidable.”
“Mon Amour” is Cabello’s first release since dropping her album Familia in June, which debuted and peaked at No. 10 on the U.S. Billboard 200. Two singles “Don’t Go Yet” and “Bam Bam” hit the top 50 in the Billboard Hot 100 charts and in the top 10 of several other countries. The former peaked at No. 42 on the Hot 100 while the latter peaked at No. 21.