Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Theirs was the American – and female – counterpart success story of One Direction from “The X Factor UK”. In 2012, a year after the English-Irish boy band came to existence, five aspiring female contestants for the second season of the American “X Factor” talent reality show got a second chance at advancing through the competition by being assembled to compete in the “Groups” category. Originally performing as “LYLAS”, then as “1432”, as they got closer to the finals Simon Cowell place their group’s name in the hands of a viewer vote, and so they became “Fifth Harmony”. They would go on to wow the world and show that girl-groups still had wide appeal to listeners. But alas the dream has ended; the five have become four.

E! Online has the lowdown on the shocking December 18 announcement that Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello has left the group. Word on this was initially broken by Cabello’s agent, mere hours after the five-girl band sang at Miami’s “Jingle Bell” radio show together for what would be the last time. The remaining four girls - Ally Brooke, Lauren Jauregui, Normani Kordei and Dinah Jane – left a signed note on their website confirming her departure.

Speculation and rumors abound on the reasons for why Cabello would leave the group after the success of their second full album “7/27” (named after the date when Cowell formed them as a group on “X Factor US”). A statement from her a day later, December 19, seemed to expressed surprise at how her fellows seemed to have cut her loose, making references to lengthy conversations between the members during their concert tour about their future as a group. She also debunked the story that her agent told the others of her decision to leave and then claimed sadness at how things have turned out.

To put the matter to rest, on the very next day December 20, Fifth Harmony released another statement that hopes to straighten out certain conflicting viewpoints on Cabello and the rest of the group. As it turned out, her “resignation” was first formally broached to the others by Cabello’s agent in November, but beforehand they have been undertaking steps to regain some harmony, as it were, with the group members’ dynamic for a year and a half now. It’s just that Cabello has pretty much not been acting as a team player ever since her solo artist recordings. The manifesto stated that she didn’t even bother showing up for informal group meetings, meetings arranged by their label, and even paid group counseling sessions. So no “lengthy conversations” ever happened between Cabello and her teammates at all.

Cabello was born in Havana, Cuba and lived between there and Mexico before moving to the US. As a member of Fifth Harmony she made inroads into a solo career in November 2015 with the single “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, followed by “Bad Things” in October 2016.

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