Camila Cabello was one of the breakout pop stars of 2017, after she quit former group, Fifth Harmony.
The parting between the two sides wasn’t all smiles and laughter, and the group threw shade at her by kicking “her” off stage at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.
The split, which occurred in December 2016, was announced by the remaining members of Fifth Harmony, who claimed Cabello let them know of her decision to leave via “her representatives.”
In an interview with the New York Times, Cabello revealed that the bad blood between her and her now ex-group members began when she made a duet with singer, Shawn Mendes. She tried to work on both a solo album and with the group, but the other members didn’t agree.
“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.”
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She continued to however pursue her solo ambitions, and soon the group gave her an ultimatum: either leave her solo ambitions, or leave the band.
“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.”
On the MTV VMAs diss, she said, “It definitely hurt my feelings. I wasn’t expecting it, I wasn’t prepared for it — especially because at that point I’d moved on from it. I was just like, ‘What? Why?’”
“I have to make space for the good stuff to happen in my life,” she added. “I don’t like holding onto the past, especially when it’s stuff that, in my opinion, is just petty.”