Fifth Harmony Lashes Back At Camila Cabello: ‘We Called For Group Meetings Which She Refused’
The turmoil between Fifth Harmony and Camila Cabello is heating up, as the girls are lashing back at their former group mate over her statement in which she claimed the girls knew how she felt, and were notified about her plans to depart long before she actually did.
In the latest letter posted online, Dinah, Lauren, Normani and Ally note that they tried repeatedly to work through their issues with Camila, adding that they felt they deserved at least one more album of her time before she left. Unfortunately, Camila refused to meet the girls halfway, or to even discuss the possibility of a compromise, as she skipped out on group meetings and even group therapy that LA Reid scheduled for them. You can read the entire letter below via Twitter:
To our Harmonizers:
We know you are hurt and confused. We are too. We know you want answers. And you deserve them, as you are just as much a part of this group as the four of us are.
The last thing we want to do is engage in a battle of we said she said, but we’ve let our story play out in the press and on social media for too long. So to our Harmonizers who we care so deeply about, we want you to hear everything from us, unedited, not manipulated, just us, to you.
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 of the reasons why we felt Fifth Harmony deserved at least one more album of her time, given the success of this past year that we’ve all worked so hard for. We called for group meetings which she refused, we asked L.A. Reid and the label to step in and try to set meetings, which again she refused. 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 with 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.
In mid November we were informed via her manager that Camila was leaving the group. At that time we were informed that December 18th would be her final performance with Fifth Harmony.
We were truly hurt. We’ve been together for almost five years, been through ups and downs… While this isn’t the way any one of us would have wanted this chapter in our lives to have ended, we had to begin to formulate a plan and constructive path for Fifth Harmony to move forward beyond Camila. We truly support anyone’s decision to do what makes them happy and to that end we do wish Camila all the best although saddened by the way she and her team handled the situation.
To watch Camila walk away from this special world we built with you is tough but we will move forward together. We are excited to continue to put positivity into the world and light into people’s lives. The four of us recognize that we would be NOTHING without Fifth Harmony and we will continue to honor that. We thank you Harmonizers for allowing us to do so. Every day you love and support us, you’ve carried us in times when you don’t even know. We thank you.
Now that we’ve said our peace, we are done engaging in this back and forth. We know our truth, we know the hard work we’ve put in and how we’ve tried time and time again to make this work for the five of us. We also know the love and devotion we will continue to put into this group all with the support of you the loyal Harmonizers. We wish only good things for all. Onward and upward.
Ally, Dinah, Lauren and Normani
If true, this is disappointing to hear, although I still can’t really say I’m surprised by any of it. It’s come across as though Camila has wanted to leave the group for some time, with all of her outside projects. That said, I don’t think this would be a big deal at all if Camila just came out and owned up to wanting to leave, rather than making it sound as though Fifth Harmony had run its course. Because they really haven’t. If anything, they’re just getting started.
With that said, I could see why she maybe didn’t feel like budging on the “one more album” request. If that album ends up being a hit too, then it’s “Come on, Camila, let’s just do one more.” And then it’ll be years before she’s finally solo.
On the other hand, would more time in the group really have hurt? Sure, it’s been five years, but these past two have been the first where the girls have had any major mainstream relevance. The bigger the group gets, the more of a platform she’d have had to launch her solo career. But leaving right as the group is beginning to peak? It just feels like Camila is doing herself and the girls a disservice. But then, if she was really miserable being in the group, who are any of us to tell her to keep going through with it anyway?
I guess what I’m saying is that I see both sides of the argument. It’s really just a sad situation all-around.
But what do you think about what the Fifth Harmony girls had to say about Camila Cabello? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on the Fifth Harmony situation, read Camila Cabello’s statement about her departure from the group!