Camila Cabello, 'The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving'
Cabello was the breakout star of Fifth Harmony
before she quit the group last year, in part because she didn't like their
creative process: "A&R would play you the songs you're going to cut
that day, and then a vocal producer will tell you what you're going to sing,"
she says. "It's just not for me." Cabello insisted on co-writing the
songs on her debut, which she says combines mainstream pop with her Latin
roots. She drew heavily on relationship drama, from a crushing breakup more
than a year ago to an encounter with "a famous boy I met at an
after-Grammys party." She adds, "I was using writing as therapy. The
music went through a hell of a ride, because I did, too."