UPDATE: In a long statement posted on Instagram, Camila Cabello explained the nature of her departure from Fifth Harmony, saying that she was “shocked” to read the group’s statement that she had left the quintet. Cabello added that while she did plan on pursuing a solo career, “I did not intend to end things with Fifth Harmony this way.”
Fifth Harmony revealed Sunday night that singer Camila Cabello has left the popular “Work From Home” group. The remaining members of Fifth Harmony also informed fans that, despite Cabello’s exit, they would continue on together.
“After four and a half years of being together, we have been informed via her representatives that Camila has decided to leave Fifth Harmony. We wish her well,” the group wrote Sunday. Cabello’s departure came just hours after Fifth Harmony’s tour obligations with iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball Tour concluded Sunday night with a gig in South Florida. Cabello has not yet commented on her exit, although an Instagram photo posted before she left hints at “my solitude.”
“We are excited to announce that we will be moving forward with the four of us – Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui – for our fans. We are four strong, committed women who will continue with Fifth Harmony, as well as our solo endeavors,” the group said. Fifth Harmony members had promised that 2017 would see the release of the quintet’s third album and follow-up to 2016’s 7/27.
Breakup rumors and reports of infighting and feuding have always circulated around Fifth Harmony, but they especially escalated in September, when Cabello abruptly left a Missouri concert mid-show due to anxiety, forcing Fifth Harmony to finish the concert as a foursome. Later that month, Fifth Harmony canceled half of their European tour without explanation.
Cabello had explored solo endeavors in recent months, including her “Power in Me” with producer Benny Blanco and her “Bad Things” collaboration with Machine Gun Kelly, which the two performed on the Jingle Ball Tour, giving the singer a spotlight outside Fifth Harmony.
In a September 2015 interview, Cabello admitted that she expected Fifth Harmony to eventually split, although a rep for the group said the comments were taken out of context.
“Honestly, I think we all do,” she said. “We’d be lying if we all said this is a picture-perfect thing, like we all completely agreed on the album track list and what the sound and the music-video treatment would be like, which usually happens in bands who grew up together. But for manufactured bands, it’s harder.”