On March 19 Harmonizer hearts were broken when Fifth Harmony announced on their Instagram that they were splitting up, or in the group’s terms, they’re going on hiatus.
Lauren Jauregui is now opening up why the girl group is throwing in the towel after six years, three albums, numerous hit singles and losing one of the core members Camila Cabello.
In an interview with Playboy, Jauregui explains how she felt disconnected from herself and the music. “When you’re really disconnected from who you are and you’re ashamed of it, you can write and tell a story, but you can never really tell your story. That’s what separates a lot of artists from others—the connection.”
Clearly, Jauregui and the other three members, Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane and Normani Kordei weren’t feeling connected to Fifth Harmony anymore. She went on to say that strict label contracts play a factor into that shame and lack of connection to yourself and music. Cabello, who left the group in 2016 said the group’s strict contract was one of the driving factors her to leave.
Cabello told The New York Times that their strick contract and lack of artistic freedom was the ultimate decider in her decision to leave the group. After she did a solo collaboration with Shawn Mendes she was faced with an ultimatum to not release solo music and stay or leave.
“It became clear that it was not possible to do solo stuff and be in the group at the same time,” she said. “If anyone wants to explore their individuality, it’s not right for people to tell you no.”
Fifth Harmony couldn’t have stayed together forever. The group formed when the five girls auditioned as individual acts on X Factor. Simon Cowell decided the girls would be far more successful together than apart so he placed them in a group for the competition, the same thing he did when he formed One Direction.
X Factor was six years ago and things change, people change and interests change. The Fifth Harmony girls are all working on solo music and will hopefully follow in the same success as Cabello’s namesake debut solo album.
“It’s definitely different than my work with Fifth Harmony. It’s me,” Jauregui said about her solo music.