Harmonizers got quite the shock on Monday morning when Fifth Harmony announced Camila Cabello is leaving the group.
In a statement via Twitter the girl group said, “After 4 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.”
(Is it just us, or is it strange Cabello didn’t even tell the band herself?)
The statement continues, “You Harmonizers have been there with us since the beginning, you’ve supported us, you’ve rejoiced and cried with us, you’ve grown with us, and with your love and support, we will continue on.”
The remaining four members ― Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui ― will continue to perform as a group.
“We are four strong, committed women who will continue with Fifth Harmony as well as our solo endeavors,” they wrote.
You can read the group’s full statement below:
News of Cabello’s departure comes after she left a Missouri concert early due to “too much anxiety” in September.
“Hi Missouri, sorry I couldn’t finish the set last night,” the 19-year-old singer wrote on Snapchat after the show, according to Us Weekly. She continued: “Was having too much anxiety and couldn’t finish it. I love u. I’m truly sorry.”
Mumblings of drama within the group bubbled up in August when Kordei participated in a Facebook Live interview with Galore magazine. Asked to describe her bandmates’ best qualities, Kordei seemingly struggled to come up with something for Cabello, before settling on “very quirky.”
Kordei later received some backlash from fans accusing her of shade, so she cleared the air over Twitter.
“It is a shame that after four years together as a group I have to address foolishness manufactured by those that have absolutely no idea what goes on,” Kordei wrote in a lengthy message.
Cabello has yet to address her decision, although it may be rooted in her desire to pursue a solo career. The singer first branched out on her own for a 2015 collaboration with Shawn Mendes called “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” In 2016, she teamed up with Machine Gun Kelly on the track “Bad Things,” which is currently sitting at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
UPDATE (2:45 p.m. ET): ― Camila Cabello addressed her decision to leave Fifth Harmony in a statement of her own on Twitter Monday afternoon. In it, she claimed the other four women in the group knew about her plans to leave.
“I was shocked to read the statement the fifth harmony account posted without my knowing,” she wrote. “The girls were aware of my feelings through the long, much needed conversations about the future that we had during the tour. Saying that they were just informed through my representatives that i was ‘leaving the group’ is simply not true.”
Read her full statement below: