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'Havana' singer Camila Cabello opens up on why she left girl band Fifth Harmony

Trouble started between Camila Cabello and her group Fifth Harmony when she collaborated with Shawn Mendes in 2015. Photograph:( Instagram )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Jan 12, 2018, 01.45 AM (IST)

Riding high on the success of her hit single Havana, singer Camila Cabello finally opens up about leaving girl band Fifth Harmony and starting on her own. 

Taking out time for exploring her individuality as an artist, Camila speaks about her girl group shunning her away after she decided to collaborate with singer Shawn Mendes in late 2015. The Fifth Harmony girls allegedly stopped Camila from contributing to lyrics of their songs since the collaboration. 

Speaking to a leading US daily, Camila said that she wanted to stay in the group while she was working on her solo album, but the rest of the group shut her out. On making her own music while being a part of the band, she said, "I just wanted to do that and it did not work."

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The group gave her an ultimatum when after Shawn's episode she continued to work with other producers, like Diplo, Cashmere Cat and Benny Blanco. 

She said, "It became clear that it was not possible to do solo stuff and be in the group at the same time" before adding, "If anyone wants to explore their individuality, it's not right for people to tell you no."

Camila felt bad about the incident at MTV VMAs when Fifth Harmony taunted her publicly. As they opened their performance, the fifth silhouette of a woman fell backwards as the four began to sing. Hurt by the gesture, she said, "It definitely hurt my feelings. 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?'" and summed up the act as "petty". 

She was at the time watching the prime awards night with her mother. 

Camila has ever since had a very successful year with her solo career hitting the right mark. Her single Havana has led Billboard's pop radio chart longer than any other song by a solo female artist in the past five years.