Camila Cabello has no doubt taken off since her departure from Fifth Harmony. Her single “Havana” has been sitting comfortably at the top of charts since it’s release in summer 2017. The single is also the longest song to top the pop charts since Taylor Swift‘s smash hit “I Knew You Were Trouble.”
Cabello is doing more than fine without her former bandmates. Her debut solo album is coming out in a few days and she opened up about why she left Fifth Harmony and how their 2017 VMA performance affected her.
To refresh your memory, in the 2017 Fifth Harmony performed at the VMA’s. It was their first time performing without Cabello and they wanted to make a statement and oh they did. Their performance started with five women in silhouette, but once the music started one was thrown from the stage.
Cabello was watching the VMA’s at home with her mom. “It definitely hurt my feelings,” she told The New York Times. “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?’”
She told The NYT that she ultimately decided to go solo because Fifth Harmony wouldn’t let her work on solo music while still being part of the group. She tried to write lyrics for upcoming Fifth Harmony projects but was denied. That also helped in her decision to leave because she wanted creative freedom.
This is the first time Cabello has spoken about her departure from Fifth Harmony in depth and their VMA performance. According to Ally Brooke, who is still part of Fifth Harmony, the move of pushing the other member off the stage was symbolic that the group won’t be adding another member.
In her NYT piece, she kept reiterating that she has moved on from the drama and Fifth Harmony.