After a long and rocky road, things are finally all good between Camila Cabello and her former Fifth Harmony bandmates. And when we say “long and rocky” we truly mean it. As J-14 readers know, the singer shocked the world when she announced she was leaving the band in December of 2016, but for almost a year before, tensions seemed to be brewing between the ladies. And not to mention that after she left, Camila and the 5H girls could not stop shading each other left and right!
We’ve gone ahead and made you guys a complete timeline of all of the drama that went down between Camila and the girls from Fifth Harmony, and boy is it intense. Prepare yourselves, guys, because it’s been a wild ride.
Up until 2015, everything honestly seemed picture-perfect between Camila, Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane Hansen, and Lauren Jauregui. So when the “Havana” singer announced that she was releasing a solo song with Shawn Mendes in November of 2015, fans were pretty shook. Although the song — “I Know What You Did Last Summer” — was a total bop, the release stirred up a lot of drama in the 5H fanbase. It was the first song that any of them had made without each other, so naturally, rumors quickly started to spread that Camila was leaving the band to pursue a solo career.
At the time though this was definitely not the case, and the brunette beauty quickly took to Twitter to shut these rumors down. “There is not enough time in the world to explain yourself to people that already think they know your intentions,” she wrote. “Let it go.”
But in December of 2015, things got even worse when the 5H girls were snapped making music without Camila. Fifth Harmony’s Twitter account shared a pic of them all hanging out in the studio together — excluding Camila — and since the band normally did everything together, it seemed like the ladies were sending a major message.
Not to mention, Camila added fuel to the fire when she wrote a super shady response. “I don’t like egos or drama,” she tweeted. “I do all things out of love. Love for music and love for what I believe in. And it’ll stay that way.”
In April of 2016, fans noticed that Camila was MIA once again, when the other 5H ladies attended a Britney Spears concert together.
Fans quickly started to sense that there were problems brewing, but Camila took to Twitter again to ease everyone’s minds. “Anyone can do whatever makes them happy during time off,” she wrote.
But in June of 2016, things got even more intense when Camila was nominated at the iHeart Radio awards for her solo hit “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” That seems like a good thing right? Well, unfortunately, when you’re in a band, it’s tricky. Although 5H did take home two awards as a group, things got a super awkward when Camila won two more for the collab with Shawn.
And when the group’s manager, Roger Gold, gave Camila a shoutout on Twitter for the wins, it caused some major tension. “SO proud of @camilacabello97 who won 4 #MMVAs last night,” he wrote.
Lauren’s mom quickly pointed out in a now deleted tweet that two of those awards actually belonged to the group. “Let’s get it right,” she tweeted Roger. “Two were thanks to @FifthHarmony. Just keeping it real.”
The shade! Then, in August of 2016, Normani sat down for Facebook Live with Galore Magazine and totally shaded Camila again. The singer was asked to describe each of her bandmates in one word, and she quickly complimented Ally, Lauren and Dinah Jane. But when it was her turn to say something nice about Camila, she struggled to find her words. “She is… lemme see… she is… quirky,” Normani finally answered. Not to mention in the same month, numerous outlets reported that the ladies had left a VMAs afterparty right when Camila arrived. Yeah things were definitely heating up.
And in September of 2016, it seemed like the drama between the ladies had finally erupted because they could barely even perform together. Camila ran off stage in the middle of their St. Louis, MO concert, and fans even accused the singer of pushing Lauren during the show. Camila later revealed on Snapchat that she left mid-concert because she had “too much anxiety” to perform. The drama seemed to be getting to Lauren too because six days later, she broke down in tears on stage! Things were getting so bad that the band even cancelled numerous shows with no explanation.
Then, in December of 2016, it finally happened — the band announced that Camila and them was going their separate ways. Taking to Twitter, they wrote, “After four and a half years together, we have been informed via her representatives that Camila has decided to leave Fifth Harmony. We wish her well.” Wow, talk about cold.
Later that day, Camila released her own statement where she claimed that she totally blindsided by what 5H had said. “I was shocked to read the statement that the Fifth Harmony account posted without my knowing. The girls were aware of my feelings through the long, much needed conversations about the future that we had during tour. Saying that they were just informed through my representatives that I was ‘leaving the group’ is simply not true,” she wrote. “I did not intend to end things badly with Fifth Harmony this way. As sad as it is to see this chapter ending this way, I will continue to root them all on as individuals and as a group.”
And it didn’t end there. The plot thickened when the ladies of 5H responded to Camila yet again, writing, “Over the past several months we have consistently made every effort to sit down and discuss the future of Fifth Harmony with Camila. We have spent the past year and a half (since her initial solo endeavor) trying to communicate to her and her team all the reasons why we felt Fifth Harmony deserved at least one more album of her time.”
“We called for group meetings which she refused, we asked LA Reid and the label to step in and try to set meetings, which again, she refused,” they fired. “We even went as far as group counseling which she did not show up to. So no, after months of rejection from her and her team, these supposed lengthy conversations in fact never happened, although we pleaded. We have tried and exhausted efforts and hearts to keep this group alive as the five of us, and we want it to be very clear that unfortunately those efforts were not mutual.”
Wow, we truly didn’t know what to believe but it was all so heartbreaking.
We all hoped that after Camila left the band things would get a little more peaceful but unfortunately that was not the case. In February of 2017, Camila did her first interview where she explained why she decided to leave the band. “Fifth Harmony wasn’t the maximum expression of me individually,” she told Seventeen Magazine. “My goal is to be brave and open up my soul.”
She also further explained her decision to leave Fifth Harmony in her cover story for the February/March 2017 issue of Billboard. “We didn’t write our records. We were interpreting somebody else’s story,” she said. “Fifth Harmony is an entity or identity outside all of us, and I don’t think anybody felt individually represented by the sound — we didn’t make it.” She also told the outlet that although she hadn’t spoken to any of the remaining 5H members since she left, she had reached out. “I don’t want to get into the details of that, because it was really intense and it’s hard for me to talk about it. It makes me sad,” she added.
In April of 2017, the 5H ladies spoke out for the first time about not having Camila in the band, and they lost all chill. “It’s really great because the four of us are really in sync with each other,” Ally told Galore Magazine. “We’re pretty open about most things. We try to respect each other as much as we can. For us, communication is really important. Also we enjoy a lot of the same things as each other! Like going to get frozen yogurt, or go to the movies, or talk about boys, exchange music, have fun at the red carpet and encourage each other with, ‘hey you look beautiful!'” Although they didn’t directly say Camila’s name, we all totally got the message.
And in May of 2017, it was Camila’s turn to throw some shade. The singer announced she was releasing her solo single “I Have Questions” and in doing so, she revealed how unhappy she was during her time in Fifth Harmony. “I started writing [the song] in a hotel bathroom on tour a little over a year ago,” she explained. “I was completely broken during that time, I was in the kind of pain that’s uncomfortable to talk about, and it was the kind of chapter you never want to read out loud.”
And in their cover story with Billboard, Fifth Harmony spilled some more tea when they were questioned about the group’s new dynamic. “Let’s just say we’re in a better place now — there are no secrets in this circle,” Dinah Jane claimed. “You can’t change people,” Ally Brooke added.
Then Normani jumped in by adding, “I get to sleep at night knowing we did everything in our power as friends, bandmates and human beings.” Ouch! After the magazine hit stands, Camila unfollowed her former band on Instagram.
What happened next may go down in history as the shadiest moment ever. The ladies performed at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards in August of 2017, and they sent a major message to Camila. The ladies hit the stage, but fans quickly noticed that a fifth silhouette stood with them. But as they sang, the shadow behind them fell backwards off the stage! Yikes!
After that things settled down for a few months. But in January of 2018, Camila finally responded to the super-shady VMA performance. “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?'” she told The New York Times.
But a few months later, in August of 2018, everything seemed to finally be all good between the ladies. Speaking to Access Online, Camila revealed that after everything they had been through, they were finally at peace. “I don’t like any beefs. I feel like we’re in a really good place now, me and the girls. I saw Normani recently at the Billboard Awards and we caught up and I told her I’m super excited for her,” Camila said. “I don’t remember the last time I saw the other girls, but I told her to say the same thing to them. I feel like there’s just been enough time and distance away from the situation that we’re all genuinely in a good place right now. And honestly, there’s just no time in life for that stuff. Like, what’s the point?”
Since then the ladies have continuously gushed over each other and have even supported each other’s solo music, so it truly seems like they’re finally at peace. Wow, it took a while to get here.
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