Camila Cabello has left Fifth Harmony. However, the 19-year-old songstress’ abrupt move will shock absolutely no one.
The news was announced in a statement by the girl group via Instagram and Twitter late Sunday night, which made sure to reveal that Cabello left it to her “representatives” to tell the group she was walking.
— Fifth Harmony (@FifthHarmony) December 19, 2016
The (now) quartet’s statement read, “After 4 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.”
It added, “You Harmonizers have been there with us since the beginning, you’ve supported us, and with your love and support, we will continue on.”
Fifth Harmony’s statement went on to say, “That being said, we are excited to announce that we will be moving forward with the four of us- Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui for our fans. We are four strong, committed women who will continue with Fifth Harmony as well as our solo endeavors.”
“We are excited for our future,” the message ended with an assurance for fans, “and we can’t wait for what the new year brings. Harmonizers, we are in this together. We love you with all of our heart.”
#Camila and #FifthHarmony immediately trended on Twitter. #FourthHarmony followed a few hours after the announcement.
— E! News (@enews) December 19, 2016
As yet, there has been no statement from Camila about her departure via her social media accounts. News of Cabello’s exit comes after months of Fifth Harmony fans interpreting nuanced comments and less-than-warm body language between Camila and the other girls as indications of tension in the group.
and y’all wonder why she left the group pic.twitter.com/0VCEJLccm7
— ️️ (@wigfIew) December 19, 2016
Noting Camila’s past collaboration with singer Shawn Mendes on “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and recent release of Cabello and rapper Machine Gun Kelly’s (now) No. 10 hit “Bad Things,” clearly Cabello has her sights on a solo career.
How successful she will be remains to be seen.
— billboard (@billboard) December 12, 2016
Cabello, Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui, became Fifth Harmony after auditioning as individuals on during the second season of the The X Factor USA in July 2012.
After finishing in third place on the talent show, the five went on to sign a deal with Simon Cowell’s Syco Music and Epic Records, headed by the famed L.A. Reid, and notched up a stack of industry awards and 10 million records sold (including streaming) in the U.S. alone.
Before posting their not-so-shocking group reveal, all five of Fifth Harmony performed their final full concert on Sunday (December 18) at Y100′s Jingle Ball 2016 held at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.
Based on the group’s statement, it is apparent that Camila did not tell Ally, Lauren, Dinah, and Normani Kordei she was going either before or just after their last show.
Meanwhile, many Fifth harmony fans and devotees from other fandoms took to Twitter on Sunday to share their opinions on Cabello’s big move.
“Every time someone mentions her I just remember this disaster,” one online user wrote, referring to a past Cabello performance with Mendes.
Every time someone mentions her I just remember this disaster https://t.co/P0k2oc6Hn2
— finnley orion (@jackantonoffs) December 19, 2016
Another fan added, “It’s sad that Camila couldn’t tell the girls that she was gon leave the group but had to do it through representatives. Truly a snake.”
One fan mocked the news that Cabello only let Fifth Harmony know she was leaving via her representatives. They snarked, “Lo mejor es el ‘we have been informed via her representatives.’ The shade… the shade of it all. #fourthharmony #camilacabello”
Another fan posted a fantasy comment next to a picture of Camila during her last show with her now former bandmates, writing, “Wait until I get off this stage and talk to my representatives. #5h #camilacabello #CamilaLeft5HParty.”
— *arsyn republic* (@taylorrhills) December 19, 2016
One fan compared Cabello quitting the girl group to Zayn Malik leaving One Direction last year, writing, “Zayn left for personal reasons and happiness. Camila left so she can be in the spotlight.”
Another fan judged Cabello’s career decisions as calculated. They wrote, “Camila really started her solo career while in her group, hung with Taylor [Swift] to get some exposure in the industry and dipped the band.”
Whatever the truth is behind the now solo Camila’s jump from Fifth Harmony, speculation will clearly continue to rage for some time to come.
Doubtless, fans await Camilo Cabello’s post-departure statement with bated breath.
Fifth Harmony becomes quartet after Camila Cabello quits. https://t.co/4xKQ6bTYVM
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 19, 2016
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