Remember when we shared that something was amiss that Camila Cabello’s departure from Fifth Harmony came from the group and not the singer herself?
Well, it’s now Camila’s turn to speak out and she has a slightly different version from Fifth Harmony’s statement. The 19-year-old singer is now sharing her side of the story, explaining that she was not aware that her former bandmates were going to release that statement yesterday (Monday, 19th December).
Camila began her extensive statement (published this morning, Tuesday, 20th December) by reminiscing about the girl group’s early days when they were formed on the 2nd season of Simon Cowell’s reality singing competition, “X-Factor”, in 2012.
“When I turned 15, I had the blessing of being put into a group with four very talented girls. We were 5 strangers that weren’t even aware of each other’s existence that were given a shot at one dream together. It’s been almost 5 years and the most important chapter of my life thus far. I am so proud of everything we’ve achieved together as a group and will always be proud of being a part of it,” she wrote.
— camila (@Camila_Cabello) December 19, 2016
Although the rest of Fifth Harmony – Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane Hansen and Lauren Jauregui – claimed that they were informed about her quitting the group “via her representatives”, Camila insists that the girls were already aware of her decision beforehand.
“I was shocked to read the statement the Fifth Harmony account posted without my knowing. The girls were aware of my feelings through the long, much needed conversations about the future that we had during tour. Saying that they were just informed through my representatives that I was ‘leaving the group’ is simply not true. Just like the other girls said in their statement about their plans, I had also planned to continue with my own solo endeavours in the new year but I did not intend to end things with Fifth Harmony this way,” she added.
“As sad as it is to see this chapter ending this way, I will continue to root them all on as individuals and as a group, I wish nothing but the best for them, all the success in the world and true happiness,” she continued.
Though her statement might seem somewhat vague, it appears that Camila might not have meant to immediately quit her group when her contract ended on 18th December (Sunday). That was the last day the singer was contractually bound to Fifth Harmony.
But on the bright side, fans can look forward to some new solo music from Camila in 2017. “Next year I will be working on my own music and giving you a big chunk of my heart,” she promised.
Fifth Harmony has a total of 2 top 5 albums with “Reflection” and “7/27” as well as a top 5 Billboard Hot 100 hit with “Work From Home”. Camila has 2 hits outside of the group: “I Know What You Did Last Summer” with Shawn Mendes and her latest duet with Machine Gun Kelly titled, “Bad Things”.
UPDATE (20th December, 3:40pm):
Uh oh, things are looking pretty messy between Fifth Harmony and Camila Cabello.
Shortly after Camila released her statement, refuting Fifth Harmony’s claim that they learned about her departure via her management, the girls are firing back at the 19-year-old pop star with a brand new statement.
In the latest message, the remaining members in the group clarified that they’ve been making an effort for the past year to try and convince Camila to give Harmonizers at least 1 more album, but they were informed in mid-November by her manager, Roger Gold, that her final performance with the group would be on 18th December.
Here’s the excerpt: “Over the past several months, we have consistently made every effort to sit down and discuss the future of Fifth Harmony with Camila. After months of rejection from her and her team, these supposed lengthy conversations in fact never happened, although we pleaded. We have tried with exhausted efforts and hearts to keep this group alive as the five of us, and we want it to be very clear that unfortunately those efforts were not mutual.”
Fifth Harmony’s full message can found below:
— Fifth Harmony (@FifthHarmony) December 20, 2016
What are your thoughts on Fifth Harmony’s future, Harmonizers?