The drama surrounding Camila Cabello and her former group Fifth Harmony is by no means a secret. The breakup, like most others was messy, public, and dramatic. From the remaining band members launching a doll of Camila off stage during their MTV VMA's performance in August 2017 to the girls taking to social media individually to air their frustrations with Camila, the group didn't feel the need to hold back. 

However one key player in the drama has for the post part has stayed silent on what really went on behind closed doors. While the other girls all jointly penned a letter to their fans Camila held her tongue. But now more than a year later, she's finally ready to talk about what prompted her to leave Fifth Harmony during the peak of their success. 

She sat down with New York Times to talk about her new album and spoke on key reasons why she left like she had no choice but to leave the group. The Time's article reveals that: 

She said that her collaboration in late 2015 with [Shawn] Mendes — the first time a Fifth Harmony member released music under her own name — had created tension; that she had asked to help write lyrics for Fifth Harmony songs and was rebuffed; that she initially wanted to stay in the group while working on a solo album but the other members shut her out instead.

“I was just curious and I wanted to learn and I saw all these people around me making music, writing songs and being so free,” she said. “I just wanted to do that and it did not work.”

Ms. Cabello said that after the awkwardness of her collaboration with Mr. Mendes, things further soured when she began attending writing sessions with producers including Diplo, Cashmere Cat and Benny Blanco. Eventually, she said, she was given an ultimatum.

“It became clear that it was not possible to do solo stuff and be in the group at the same time,” she said. So she made her choice, basing it on what she said was her conviction that “if anyone wants to explore their individuality, it’s not right for people to tell you no.”

Camila opened up to not being oblivious to the jabs being taken at her by her former bandmates, and admits to crying after seeing the hurtful VMA's performance from this past summer. However she is trying to move on from the hard feelings that the situation has created - even renaming her album (formally The Hurting, The Healing, The Loving) to just Camila to avoid any future issues. 

To read the full New York Times interview, click here

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