Camila Cabello is "shocked" by how Fifth Harmony handled her departure from the group.
The ‘Work From Home’ hitmaker is disappointed that the statement released on the band’s official social media accounts claimed a "representative" had informed the other band members – Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui – 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. 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 insists there is no bad blood between the five singers and says 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."