Camilla Cabello, 20, opens up about leaving fifth harmony during an interview with the New York Times saying that her collaboration in late 2015 with Shawn Mendes was the first time a member made music in their own name and it created tension between the group and herself.
She initially wanted to stay in the group and help write lyrics for Fifth Harmony songs while working on a solo album but the other members shut her out instead.
“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.”
Camilla said things continued to get awkward when she began attending writing sessions with producers including Diplo, Cashmere Cat and Benny Blanco which led the group to give her an “ultimatum.”
“It became clear that it was not possible to do solo stuff and be in the group at the same time,” she said. So she made her choice, basing it on what she said was her conviction that “if anyone wants to explore their individuality, it’s not right for people to tell you no.”
Camilla began to get teary eyed when talking about the stunt Fifth Harmony pulled at the MTV Video Music Awards that she was at home watching with her mom. The group opened their performance, a fifth silhouette of a woman fell backward as the four began to sing.
“It definitely hurt my feelings,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting it, I wasn’t prepared for it — especially because at that point I’d moved on from it. I was just like, ‘What? Why?’”
“I have to make space for the good stuff to happen in my life,” Camilla goes on to say. “I don’t like holding onto the past, especially when it’s stuff that, in my opinion, is just petty.”
Cabello has had huge success being a solo artist. “Havana” led Billboard’s pop radio chart longer than any other song by a solo female artist in the past five years, reports the Times.