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This year almost ended with One Direction’s hiatus as the biggest shake up in pop bands for 2016, but it looks like Fifth Harmony and Camila Cabello’s exit are arriving just under the wire.
On Sunday night, Fifth Harmony announced that they had been informed via her representatives that original member Camila Cabello was leaving the group.
— Fifth Harmony (@FifthHarmony) December 19, 2016
Cabello has enjoyed the most solo success out of the group, which were put together in July 2012 on X Factor. In 2015, Cabelo released “I Know What You Did Last Summer” with rumoured boyfriend Shawn Mendes, and earlier this fall she teamed up with Machine Gun Kelly for “Bad Things.”
Following Fifth Harmony’s announcement, Cabello released her own strictly lowercase statement, saying “i (sic) was shocked to read the statement the fifth harmony account posted without my knowing. the girls were aware of my feelings through the long, much needed conversations about the future that we had during the tour.”
— Camila Cabello (@camilacabello97) December 19, 2016
UPDATE: Cabello’s “I Know What You Did Last Summer” collaborator Shawn Mendes has now weighed in on the feud, praising Cabello on his Twitter account and embedding her message.
“Pursue what makes your heart pound, happiness is our responsibility” beautifully said. https://t.co/uhAHCcJZMF
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) December 20, 2016
The war of internet words is far from over, with Fifth Harmony releasing their second statement in 24 hours, this time making it clear that they intended to be in charge of their own narrative. As with any break up, the five stages of grief must be observed and right now it looks like we’re somewhere between anger and depression with a hint of acceptance.
In the lengthy post signed by remaining members Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui, the women list in detail how they made every effort to keep Cabello in the group, including scheduling band meetings and group therapy sessions.
The band reveals they were informed by Cabello’s management in November that the singer would be leaving the group, with Sunday night’s final iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour stop in Miami as the band’s last performance for all five members who this year alone toured the world and played the iHeartRadio MMVAs, the American Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards and the MTV EMAs.
The band ends on a high note (acceptance), with a promise of moving onwards and upwards. No word yet on whether they’ll become Fourth Harmony or add a fifth member. Maybe a joint tour with the newly created Spice Girls group GEM? We’d buy tickets to that.
— Fifth Harmony (@FifthHarmony) December 20, 2016
It’s only been a few hours since Fifth Harmony posted their second message, but there’s a high likelihood that Cabello will respond publicly. In order to continue on with a solo career, Cabello must bring some of her Harmonizer fan base with her and that means clearing the air on what looks like a very messy exit from a beloved group.
At least it’s taking some heat off Lauren Jauregui.