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Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello is Miss Moving On from her famous girl group. In a statement released on the group’s social media, remaining members Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui say they had been informed ‘via her representatives’ (ouch) that Cabello has decided to leave Fifth Harmony.
The group says they will continue to move forward as a unit and continue with their solo endeavors.
This past summer, Fifth Harmony toured South America, North America and Europe following the release of their second album 7/27 in May, naming the disc after the date they were formed on the X Factor in 2012.
Most recently, Fifth Harmony have been performing as part of the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour throughout December, with all five members performing together during Sunday’s concert in South Florida. This concert will now mark the last time the original five members performed together, with the band announcing Cabello’s exit last night.
Losing a member in a singing group is nothing new. Cabello’s exit follows in the footsteps of Zayn Malik from One Direction, Robbie Williams from Take That, Geri Halliwell from Spice Girls, Kevin Richardson from Backstreet Boys and more.
Cabello’s exit isn’t a huge shock for Harmonizers. Of all five members, she’s had the most successful career outside of the band, first collaborating with Shawn Mendes on 2015’s “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and again this fall with Machine Gun Kelly on “Bad Things.”
During recent press events, the four remaining members of Fifth Harmony have posed without Cabello, who previously refuted claims of going solo in interviews. Rumours of a departure have been swirling for a while, especially after Cabello left a Fifth Harmony concert mid-performance in September citing anxiety issues. The band later cancelled the remaining half of their Europe tour without providing an explanation.
Whether Fifth Harmony will be able to regain their momentum as a band following Cabello’s departure has yet to be seen. For now, get used to seeing Fifth Harmony looking a lot more like Fourth Harmony.
Update: Cabello has now issued a statement on her social media, alleging that she was ‘shocked’ to read her former band’s statement, saying that Fifth Harmony’s claims they found out Cabello was leaving through her reps was simply “not true.” This is what we call a ‘clap back.’ We have a feeling things are going to get ugly.
— Camila Cabello (@camilacabello97) December 19, 2016