Camila Cabello Reflects On Being Dissed By Fifth Harmony At The VMAs
Camila Cabello opened up about her budding solo career and her past ventures in a profile with the New York Times. The “Never Be The Same” siren sat down for an in-depth interview with the publication ahead of the release of her self-titled album tomorrow (January 12). In it, she reflected on leaving Fifth Harmony and on being dissed by her former group mates during a performance at MTV’s Video Music Awards.
It has been just over a year since the 20-year-old left the girl group. After announcing her departure in December of 2016, the hitmaker remained relatively silent about what went on behind the scenes. “There’s a healthy amount of space you need to give certain things,” she explained. However, she clarified that drama started building as she began to pursue side projects such as her collaboration with Shawn Mendes on “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”
“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. After the collaboration became a hit, Camila hit the recording studio with other artists. This created additional tension within the group and forced her to make some tough choices. “If anyone wants to explore their individuality, it’s not right for people to tell you no.”
Leaving the group resulted in some drama, which reached a pinnacle during 5H’s performance at the VMAs last August. As the girls began their set, they dropped a fifth member from an elevated stage piece. According to the NYT, Camila got teary-eyed while discussing watching the moment at home with her family. “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?’”
Describing the move as “petty,” she declared that she did her best not to let it bother her. “I have to make space for the good stuff to happen in my life,” she said. In the interview Camila also discussed the potential of going on tour and what has inspired her. The profile also chats with her family and management to offer additional insight about her start on The X Factor and releasing “Crying In The Club” before finding breakout success with “Havana.” Revisit the dramatic performance below and read the rest of her interview here.