Posted: 9:04 am Monday, December 19th, 2016
Don’t act like we didn’t see this coming.
After a year of quiet drama and rumors of discord amongst the members of Fifth Harmony, the group issued a statement last night that Camila Cabello would be leaving.
“After 4 and a half years of being together, we have been informed via her representatives that Camila has decided to leave Fifth Harmony,” the statement read. “We wish her well.”
It continued, “You Harmonizers have been there with us since the beginning, you’ve supported us, and with your love and support, we will continue on. That being said, we are excited to announce that we will be moving forward with the four of us- Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui for our fans. We are four strong, committed women who will continue with Fifth Harmony as well as our solo endeavors.”
“We are excited for our future, and we can’t wait for what the new year brings. Harmonizers, we are in this together. We love you with all of our heart.”
So what happened? In a May 2016 interview with Billboard, the 19-year-old Cabello explained that she’s faced her fair share of fame-related struggles. “I was having terrible anxiety, nonstop…,” Camila explained. “I was scared of what would happen to me, of the things my brain might tell me. I realized the stuff I thought was important isn’t worth my health. Now I write in a diary every day, work out and meditate.”
Sounds like she might need a break from the fame. Or maybe just the group? Normani and Camila had to clear the air about a rumored feud going on between them after Normani seemed to shade her fellow group member in a Facebook Live chat. Only days later, Kordei deleted her Twitter account amid racist cyberbullying.
Me personally? I think it’s tough for ANY group to stay together, especially young women. There’s a lot of different personalities at work, and they might not yet have the tools to cope with the craziness. Plus, Camila has been doing collaborations with other artists for a couple years now, laying the foundation for a potential solo career. It was really just a matter of time. Keep in mind they entered season 2 of X-Factor as solo artists and formed a group during the show.
Maybe they should consider renaming themselves Fourth Harmony before they go the route of One Direction and just break up altogether?