Yesterday, the pop vocal group Fifth Harmony announced that Camilla Cabello, the most visible member of the group, had left the group. She’d sung on a couple of successful singles outside the context of the group, so she’s going to make a go of it on her own, while the remaining four members of the group will continue without her. That seems like a fairly normal development for a pop group who formed after being assembled together on a reality TV show. But since then, things have gotten a bit more interesting, as Cabello and the group have released conflicting, somewhat bitter statements about the nature of the breakup.
In their initial Twitter statement, Fifth Harmony claimed that Cabello hadn’t informed the rest of the group about her departure. Instead, she’d gone through her representative: “After 4 and a half years of being together, we have been informed via her representative, that Camila has decided to leave Fifth Harmony.”
— Fifth Harmony (@FifthHarmony) December 19, 2016
Shortly afterward, Cabello issued a statement of her own, saying that the members of the group had long been aware of her feelings and disputing the idea that this was a sudden and impersonal break: “i was shocked to read the statement the fifth harmony account posted without my knowing. the girls were aware of my feelings through the long, much needed conversations that we had about the future that we had through the tour. Saying that they were just informed through my representatives that i was ‘leaving the group’ is simply not true.”
— Camila Cabello (@camilacabello97) December 19, 2016
And then, in one more statement, Fifth Harmony claimed that they’d made every attempt to keep Cabello in the group or at least to stick around for one more album — even claiming that they’d booked counseling sessions and that Cabello hadn’t shown up for those sessions: “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.”
— Fifth Harmony (@FifthHarmony) December 20, 2016
It is going to be so emotional when Cabello reunites with Fifth Harmony for an arena tour in about four years.