Fifth Harmony Member Camila Cabello Leaves Group
Remaining members Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane Hansen and Lauren Jauregui will continue the group as a foursome.
Fifth Harmony has announced that singer Camila Cabello has left the group.
In a message posted on social media and signed by "Ally, Normani, Dinah and Lauren," the group writes, "After four and a half years of being together, we have been informed via her representatives that Camila has decided to leave Fifth Harmony. We wish her well."
The remaining members, Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane Hansen and Lauren Jauregui, state that they will continue the group as a foursome.
As recently as Dec. 9, when the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour hit New York City, the group had announced plans to release a new album. Kordei told radio personality Elvis Duran, "2017, it’s going to be popping," and Jane Hansen added, "The third album is definitely going to be so lit. We're really excited.”
After forming on the second season of the American version of The X Factor in 2012, Fifth Harmony released two albums, beginning with Reflection in January 2015. That album included "Worth It," the group's first Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart last summer; the quintet would surpass that milestone with "Work From Home" feat. Ty Dolla $ign, the lead single to sophomore LP 7/27, which peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100.
While the 7/27 tour brought 5H on its first international trek this year, Cabello had hinted at pursuing solo material through two successful collaborations. "I Know What You Did Last Summer," a duet with Shawn Mendes, became a Top 20 hit upon its release in late 2015. "Bad Things," a Machine Gun Kelly single featuring Cabello, has done even better, reaching No. 10 on the Hot 100 as of last week.
Although other members had expressed interest in solo careers — Jauregui released a collaboration with pop duo Marian Hill earlier this month —- Fifth Harmony had long assured fans that a breakup or member departure was not imminent.
But insiders suggest that tensions between Cabello and the other group members had long been festering. In fact, Dec. 18, the day the split was announced, marked the conclusion of Cabello's contractual obligations to the group and offered an exit, says a source.
Cabello posted an extensive statement to her Twitter account on Monday afternoon addressing the departure.
Hours later, the group released a second statement addressing Cabello's claims that the remaining members had been aware of her intentions to leave.
"We know you are hurt and confused, we are too. We know you want answers," the members wrote to their fans. "And you deserve them, as you are just as much a part of this group as the four of us are."
The follow-up statement asserts that they learned of Cabello's decision to quit through her manager, after the singer bailed on several group counseling efforts.
"We were truly hurt. We’ve been together for almost five years, been through ups and downs…While this isn’t the way any one of us would have wanted this chapter in our lives to have ended, we had to begin to formulate a plan and constructive path for Fifth Harmony to move forward, beyond Camila," the message reads. "We truly support anyone’s decision to do what makes them happy and to that end we do wish Camila all the best although saddened by the way she and her team handled the situation."
Read the full statement below.
Dec. 19, 12:23 p.m. — Updated with Cabello's statement.
Dec. 19, 9:04 p.m. — Updated with Fifth Harmony's second statement
This story first appeared on billboard.com