Why Did Camila Cabello Leave Fifth Harmony?

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Camila Cabello’s departure from Fifth Harmony caused a racket. A year later, she opens up on her decision to leave and what exactly triggered the chain of events.

 

Fifth Harmony’s Formation

 

Much like One Direction, Fifth Harmony came about when members Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui auditioned as soloists for American TV show “The X Factor”. All of them failed to move on to the next category and were instead put together to form a group. With the help of judges Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid, Britney Spears, and Simon Cowell, they were introduced to the world as Lylas, then 1432, and finally Fifth Harmony. They finished the competition in third place and was signed to Cowell’s label Syco Music a month later.

 

Constricting Creativity

 

Fifth Harmony released two albums with Cabello prior to her departure in December 2016. Their third self-titled album marks their first album as a four-piece, and their first with a majority of the co-writing credits. Cabello spoke to the New York Times about what exactly went down between the group. It started in 2015 when she collaborated with Shawn Mendes for the track “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, the first time a Fifth Harmony member released music under their own name. This caused tension with the group, and things didn’t get any better when Cabello was rebuffed for offering to help write lyrics for the group.

 

Feeling constricted, she began attending writing sessions with famed producers like Diplo, Cashmere Cat, and Benny Blanco. The situation eventually escalated and the other members of Fifth Harmony gave her an ultimatum. Cabello initially wanted to stay with the group while working on a solo album, but she claims the girls had shut her out. “I was just curious and I wanted to learn and I saw all these people around me making music, writing songs and being so free,” she said. “I just wanted to do that and it did not work.”

 

Even after the shade Fifth Harmony threw at her during their 2017 MTV VMAs performance, Cabello is getting over the drama. Her single “Havana” recently became the longest running female No.1 single since Adele‘s “Someone Like You” in 2011. Her solo debut album “Camila” literally just came out and is already receiving positive reviews from critics. As it turns out, she was the breakout star of Fifth Harmony all along.

 

 

Camila Cabello refuses to harbor grudges against the people she’s worked with and will only look forward from now on. This isn’t the last time you’ll see her name in the headlines—that we can promise you.

 

Featured image from TODAY.com

 

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