Since Camila Cabello‘s decision to leave Fifth Harmony last year to kick start her solo career, there has been some pretty palpable tension between Camila and the group — with accounts differing over the circumstances of the former’s December exit from the hitmaking quintet.
With Camila’s solo career taking off and her new album The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving on the way, it will be interesting to see if the dynamic between the two changes. Here is a comprehensive list of everything 5H has said about Camila and vice versa.
Fifth Harmony on Camila Cabello:
“Over the past several months we have consistently made every effort to sit down and discuss the future of Fifth Harmony with Camila. We have spent the past year and a half (since her initial solo endeavor) trying to communicate to her and her team all of the reasons why we felt Fifth Harmony deserved at least one more album of her time, given the success of this past year that we’d worked so hard for.”
“We called for group meetings which she refused, we asked L.A. Reid and the label to step in and try to set meetings, which again, she refused. We even went as far as group counseling which she did not show up to.”
“We were truly hurt. We’ve been together for almost five years, been through ups and downs. While this isn’t the way any one of us would have wanted this chapter in our lives to have ended, we had to begin to formulate a plan and constructive path for Fifth Harmony to move forward, beyond Camila.”
“We truly support anyone’s decision to do what makes them happy and to that end we do wish Camila all the best although saddened by the way she and her team handled the situation.”
Ally Brooke: “We’re focusing on this new era. We’ve had some highs and some very, very sad lows, but together we’re writing our new narrative.”
Normani Kordei: “It’s so beautiful having four women on the same page. There’s nothing we can’t get through together.”
Kordei: “I get to sleep at night knowing we did everything in our power as friends, bandmates and human beings to make it work.”
Ally Brooke: “You can’t change people.”
Dinah Jane Hansen: “Let’s just say we’re in a better place now — there are no secrets in this circle.”
Camila Cabello on Fifth Harmony
“When I turned 15, I had the blessing of being put into a group with four very talented girls. We were five strangers that weren’t even aware of each other’s existence that were given a shot at one dream together. It’s been almost five years and the most important chapter of my life this 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.”
“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 endeavors in the New Year, but I did not intend to end things with Fifth Harmony this way.”
“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. Just as I said to them during those conversations, and just like I try to encourage you guys, I want to lead by example when I say to each of you guys to be courageous in the pursuit of what makes your heart pound and what makes you come alive with purpose.”
“I started in the group when I was just 15. I needed to follow my heart and my artistic vision. I’m grateful for everything we had in Fifth Harmony and for [this new] opportunity, I am less focused on success and more on doing my best and pursuing my artistic vision to the fullest, wherever that takes me. Of course I also hope people will enjoy my music!”
“Fifth Harmony wasn’t the maximum expression of me individually. My fans are really going to know me from the music I’m writing. My goal is to be brave and open up my soul. I’ll continue to wish them all the best, and I’m happy they are continuing their journey as Fifth Harmony. I’m looking forward to hearing new music from the group and their solo endeavors.”
“I thought it [“Down” by Fifth Harmony] was pretty cool, I wish the best for them, and I’m sure they’re going to kill it, and I’m super happy making my own music.”
“Obviously I wish it wouldn’t have been like that because I just, you know, peace. But like I said, I wish them the best.”
“You know that quote, ‘In the silence, you find God?’ I felt like I could hear everything my heart was telling me,” Cabello said. “The easiest route would be to shut my mouth, sing the songs, wear the clothes and keep going, you know? I mean, [Fifth Harmony was] at the peak of our career. It’s definitely not the safe option. I have it in my DNA. The way my mom raised me, it has always been: ‘Don’t settle. Jump and hope you grow wings on the way down.’ I feel alive!
“I was always super open [that] I couldn’t just sing other people’s words and be totally happy with that. You have to follow and honor that inner voice. I always encouraged the girls to do the same, I think that in a group there is always going to be tension, whether it’s because of this thing or [another] thing. Obviously, I think that rocked the boat.”
“I hoped that it would be a peaceful turning of the page and we would root for each other. But I only got love for them.”
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