Shawn Mendes Performs “Like to Be You” with Julia Michaels for First Time

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Shawn Mendes and Julia Michaels‘ song, “Like to Be You,” is — how do we even explain it? — everything. The duet goes back and forth between the thoughts of two people in a relationship and is an incredibly intimate look into what many of us feel when we are in love, but going through a tough time.

“Tell me what’s inside of your head / no matter what you say I won’t love you less / And I’d be lying if I said that I do,” the musicians croon in the chills-inducing tune.

The studio version of the song, which is featured on the 19-year-old’s third album, makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside every time we hear it, but the live version, which was performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden last night, takes that special feeling to the next level.

Julia and Shawn fully took on the characters of the tune, actually performing to one another instead of the audience. Their connection was real as they sat inches from each other and sang the powerful words.

First carpool karaoke and now this awe-inspiring performance????? Blessings to the Shawn Mendes takeover week on The Late Late Show for providing us with the content we deserve. Watch him and Julia perform “Like to Be You” live for the first time ever above!!