Last year, social media was ablaze after Fifth Harmony pulled a bold stunt at the MTV Video Music Awards. They started their performance on an elevated platform with five people. Then, suddenly one “member” flies off the stage as the show begins.
Hmm… Any guesses on who they were taking a jab at?
When asked about it during their interview with Good Morning America a few days later, they said it wasn’t so much about Camila Cabello going rogue. They just wanted to establish themselves as a four-person group in a clear way. They said:
“We wanted to show the world in an artistic way that, hey, the four of us are Fifth Harmony.”
“It definitely hurt my feelings. 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?’”
The singer revealed that tensions between her and the group started when she collaborated with Shawn Mendes on 2015’s “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” No Fifth Harmony member had previously released music under her own name prior to that.
At first, Cabello wanted to work on her solo album while still a part of the group. The idea didn’t sit well with the others, and tensions soared after her track with Mendes released.
After she began meeting and working with producers Diplo, Cashmere Cat, and Benny Blanco, she had to make a decision:
“It became clear that it was not possible to do solo stuff and be in the group at the same time…. If anyone wants to explore their individuality, it’s not right for people to tell you no.”
Despite the rocky buildup, Cabello is trying her best to stay positive as she moves forward with her career:
“I have to make space for the good stuff to happen in my life. I don’t like holding onto the past, especially when it’s stuff that, in my opinion, is just petty.”
Her solo album, Camila, drops tomorrow, Jan. 12.
See the controversial Fifth Harmony performance below.