Camila Cabello was shocked to see Fifth Harmony’s slight towards her during their MTV Video Music Awards performance last year, insisting it hurt her
The Work from Home hitmakers opened their set onstage in August with an anonymous fifth person standing beside them on an elevated platform, wearing a matching silver padded jacket, but as the beat to their song Angel kicked in, the extra appeared to fall backwards, as Dinah Jane Hansen, Ally Brooke Hernandez, Normani Kordei and Lauren Jauregui launched into the track.
Camila, who left the group in December, 2016, was watching the performance at home and she was surprised by the obvious jab
“It definitely hurt my feelings,” she tells the New York Times. “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 says. “I don’t like holding onto the past, especially when it’s stuff that, in my opinion, is just petty.”
Camila, who is releasing her debut solo album, Camila, on Friday, 12 January, has not spoken in depth about her reasons for abruptly quitting the group, but she now explains she started to experience tension with her bandmates after recording I Know What You Did Last Summer with Shawn Mendes in 2015.
“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 continues. “I just wanted to do that and it did not work.”
“It became clear that it was not possible to do solo stuff and be in the group at the same time,” she adds.