Fifth Harmony have fired back at Camila Cabello after the former band member released a statement about her departure.
The remaining members said they are “truly hurt” as they reveal they “pleaded” with her to stay.
“Over the past several months we have consistently made every effort to sit down and discuss the future of Fifth Harmony with Camila,” it begins.
“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’d all worked so hard for.
“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.”
Elsewhere, they said they were “truly hurt” and acknowledged they’d been through their ups and downs as a group.
The statement came just hours after Camila broke her silence.
The Work From Home star said she was disappointed that the statement released on the band’s official social media accounts claimed a “representative” had informed the other band members that Camila was leaving the band.
In a lengthy message posted to Instagram, she wrote: “When I turned 15, I had the blessing of being put into a group with four very talented girls. We were five strangers that weren’t even aware of each other’s existence that were given a shot at one dream together.
“It’s been almost five years and the most important chapter of my life this far. I am so proud of everything we’ve achieved together as a group and will always be proud of being a part of it…
“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 about the future that we had during tour. Saying that they were just informed through my representatives that I was ‘leaving the group’ is simply not true.
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“Just like the other girls said in their statement about their plans, I had also planned to continue with my own solo endeavours in the New Year, but I did not intend to end things with Fifth Harmony this way.”
However, Camila claimed there was no bad blood between the five singers and said she wishes “nothing but the best for them”.
She continued: “As sad as it is to see this chapter ending this way, I will continue to root them all on as individuals and as a group. I wish nothing but the best for them, all the success in the world and true happiness. Just as I said to them during those conversations, and just like I try to encourage you guys, I want to lead by example when I say to each of you guys to be courageous in the pursuit of what makes your heart pound and what makes you come alive with purpose…
“Our happiness is our own responsibility. We only have one life and we never know much time we really have. We don’t carry money, trophies, social media followers, fame or success with us.
“We carry the memories that made us feel alive and the moments that made us fall in love with life. New chapters are scary, but conforming to what’s safe and looking back with regret is even scarier.”
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