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Lena Dunham Interviews Camila Cabello, While Fifth Harmony Announce First Performance

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Writer and actor Lena Dunham is the latest Harmonizer to publicly weigh in on the recent parting of Camila Cabello from her X Factor group, Fifth Harmony.

Dunham interviewed Cabello for her Women of the Hour podcast prior to Cabello’s December 18 announcement that she was leaving the group to pursue a solo career. In commentary recorded for the podcast following the announcement, Dunham discusses the backlash Cabello has faced, noting that Cabello auditioned for the X Factor as a solo artist when she was only 15, staying with the group for four years.

In the podcast below, Dunham and Cabello discuss Cabello’s persistence when auditioning for the X Factor and her large library of songs she’s written. Additionally, Dunham also included a written portion of the interview in her Lenny newsletter, where Cabello discusses voting in 2016, her decision to avoid social media and what it’s like being a Latina role model.

“The best decision that I’ve taken in my career thus far has been this year when I’ve just stayed away from social media,” says Cabello in the Lenny newsletter. “I don’t go on it, and I just keep myself focused on getting better and growing as an artist and finding different ways to grow as a person. It’s just kept me grounded, and I don’t have 1,000 people thinking that they didn’t like my shoes. Even though I know that there’s way more support than there is hate, I don’t have that in my head. That was one thing.”

Dunham also asked Cabello about navigating sexuality and image within Fifth Harmony and on a public stage. “You have to grow into yourself,” says Cabello. “I feel like it’s been tricky because we’ve had to grow into ourselves while being in front of the world and while making songs that did have a lot of sexual undertones.”

Cabello notes that being part of a group girl puts added pressure on displaying a sexualized image. “Especially with being a girl group, there’s been a lot of times where people have tried to sexualize us to just get more attention. Unfortunately, sex sells. There’s definitely been times where there’s stuff that I have not been comfortable with and I’ve had to put my foot down. There’s nothing wrong with showing sexuality. If you have that inside, it’s just an expression of who you are. If you want to share that with people, that’s amazing.”

Cabello is expected to release her first solo album sometime this year, with her former bandmates in Fifth Harmony also dropping a new record in 2017.

Fifth Harmony, who recently released their first official image as a foursome, just announced today their first televised performance in 2017. The group is slated to perform for the first time as a quartet on Wednesday, January 18 during the People’s Choice Awards.