It was just announced that Camila Cabello is leaving Fifth Harmony!
The announcement was made via a statement after the group’s last Jingle Ball performance on Sunday (December 18).
“We are four strong committed women who will continue Fifth Harmony as well as our solo endeavors,” Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, and Lauren Jauregui – the remaining four members – wrote in a statement.
“Harmonizers, we are in this together. We love you with all our hearts,” they added, and signed the note from the foursome.
Within minutes, fans flocked to the comments section noticeably distraught about Camila’s surprise exit. But as longtime Fifth Harmony listeners know, it’s been quite a
turbulent year for the singers .
In a May 2016 interview with Billboard , the 19-year-old pop star explained that she’s certainly faced her fair share of fame-related struggles. “I was having terrible anxiety, nonstop…,” Camila explained. “I was scared of what would happen to me, of the things my brain might tell me. I realized the stuff I thought was important isn’t worth my health. Now I write in a diary every day, work out and meditate.”
Then in early September, Cabello left in the middle of a concert after suffering from “too much anxiety.” She later apologized, and rejoined Fifth Harmony at their next performance one day later.
Discord between the young ladies seemingly came to a head earlier this year when Lauren asked to switch spots with Dinah Jane during a red carpet event, an incident that pushed her to speak out on the matter after facing criticism from internet trolls.
Likewise, Normani and Camila also had to clear the air on an alleged feud going on between them after Kordei seemed to shade her fellow group member in a Facebook Live chat . Only days later, Kordei deleted her Twitter account amid racist cyberbullying.
And just last week, Jauregui issued an apology for missing their Brazil tour pitstop. Jauregui’s absence came shortly after she was stopped by TSA at Washington Dulles International Airport after a staffer discovered marijuana in her carry-on luggage. An attorney for the girl band and Jauregui told E! News that she was not arrested.
Fifth Harmony formed during the second season of The X Factor . Since then, the group has commanded the charts with singles like “Work From Home” and “Bo$$,” having won three MTV Video Music Awards and one American Music Award.
They most recently performed Sunday evening at Y100’s Jingle Ball in Miami. Cabello did perform onstage with her former bandmates as well as alongside Justin Bieber during a separate duet.