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It’s been five months since Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello announced her departure from her girl group and the pop singer is ready to fully step out on her own.
Cabello took to her Twitter account last night, the same place where she first made the announcement to leave Fifth Harmony back in December, to again drop some huge news about her career. Cabello’s debut album will be called The Hurting, the Healing, the Loving, with the lead single “I Have Questions” dropping later this week on May 19. Stans on stand by.
The new track will be Cabello’s first solo single since leaving her famous X Factor group. The Florida native has previously released tracks with other artists, including Cashmere Cat on “Love Incredible,” Machine Gun Kelly with “Bad Things,” and most recently, Pitbull and J. Balvin on the single “Hey Ma” from the Fate of the Furious soundtrack. Cabello also teamed up with Shawn Mendes back in 2015 before she left Fifth Harmony, with the two releasing their iHeartRadio MMVA winning duet “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”
Cabello posted a lengthy and personal letter on her Twitter page this weekend, detailing the process of writing her new album, which she says started from a dark place.
Announcing her new single dropping this week, Cabello wrote: “…the hurting the healing the loving’ is the story of my journey from darkness into light, from a time when i was lost to a time when i found myself again. the story behind the album starts with the second song that you’ll hear called ‘I have questions’ which I started writing in a hotel bathroom on tour a little over a year ago,” she continued in her candid note. “i was completely broken during that time, i was in the kind of pain that’s uncomfortable to talk about, and it was the kind of chapter you never want to read out loud…. i couldn’t write another song for 6 months because writing meant i had to feel everything, and i wasn’t ready to do that yet. so when i graduated from hotel bathrooms to studios to make my first album, i was making music about everything BUT what i was going through, it was like a secret burning on my tongue and for some reason i could not get myself to say it. till one day i just could not run anymore. i pulled up the lyrics from the year before, and ‘i have questions’ was written.”
Cabello went on to say that in writing sad songs, she was eventually able to find her happiness once again.
“…after that i wrote a sad song everyday, everything i wanted to say, every lyric on my phone, i said everything until i got tired of writing about it. until i was sick of the sad songs!!!!! as i got happier and happier, i realized the songs were getting happier and happier. and i realized i wasn’t making music just to make an album anymore, i was making this music to heal. it wasn’t until i had made enough songs to listen back to and realized i could hear myself coming back through these songs. i didn’t write it with the intention of delivering a message, but i realized the message was in the hurting, the healing, and the loving. i might have thought the hurting was my enemy before, but she became the best listener… i might have thought i was too impatient for the healing, and it did feel like sometimes she was taking forever, but i realized it made me appreciate her so much more when she arrived. and the loving, i wouldn’t have known how beautiful she was if i couldn’t miss her all that time.”
Cabello closes the letter with a short poem that we’re guessing are lyrics from her upcoming album, writing, “to the hurting, thank you for teaching me that even if at night you take me into the deepest depths of the ocean, i will still wake in the morning. to the healing, thank you for the tears. when they finally came, they tasted like God. to the loving, you are even more beautiful than i remember.”
So far, 2017 has given us new albums from Ed Sheeran and Harry Styles, with more on the way from Niall Horan, Lorde, Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey, Miley Cyrus, and now Camila Cabello. The pop gods are smiling on us.