Camila Cabello opens up about leaving Fifth Harmony

Camila Cabello opens up about leaving Fifth Harmony

On Dec. 18, 2016, former Fifth Harmony member, Camila Cabello, made a decision to part ways with the girl group.

With wailing horns and Cabello's sultry delivery, the Pharrell-produced Havana is unlike anything else in the mainstream Top 40 right now: a slinky, dance-floor-ready ode to the Cuban city in which she was born that further demonstrates the desire for more Latin representation in pop after the runaway successes of Despacito and Mi Gente a year ago.

"It definitely hurt my feelings", she explained to the New York Times in a new profile. "I wasn't expecting it, I wasn't prepared for it - especially because at that point I'd moved on from it. I don't like holding onto the past, especially when it's stuff that, in my opinion, is just petty". There's a good-natured guilelessness to a lot of "Camila" (and compared with the album Fifth Harmony recently put out, a lack of aggressive sexuality) that kind of makes you believe she's more normal gal than steely careerist.

The singer said it soon became clear that she couldn't balance her solo endeavours whilst remaining in the group, and made the hard decision to break away from the band to pursue her dreams.

It has also become the first song by a lead female artist to enjoy a seven-week run atop the Billboard Pop Songs chart since Taylor Swift's I Knew You Were Trouble back in 2013 - but Camila wouldn't be enjoying so much success if she had listened to record officials' initial concerns, according to Havana's producer, Frank Dunes.

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"I'd just say congratulations". I was just like, 'What?

Camila Cabello has no doubt taken off since her departure from Fifth Harmony.

Album standout Into It is a delectable slice of Carly Rae Jepsen Lite, as Cabello playfully coos over punchy synths and hi-hats, beckoning, "I see a king-size bed in the corner, we should get into it".

Camila Cabello gave her first TV performance of "Never Be The Same", January 11th, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Be sure to check out the "Havana" hitmaker's eponymous debut solo album dropping January 12! I felt way happier.

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