The American singer and songwriter Camila Cabello became popular thanks to her membership in the girl group Fifth Harmony. Nevertheless, she decided to do a solo in 2016, and the very next year she thrilled everyone with her hit “Havana”, which brought her a whole new level of popularity on the international stage. Since then, the bundle of talent has not slowed down, as she continues to use her talent, makes her fans proud, and continuously enlarges her fan base.
Thanks to her successful music career, her speculative relationship with her Fifth Harmony group member Lauren Jauregui, her relationship with Matthew Hussey, and currently Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello has managed to add her name to the list of American celebrities.
Camila Cabello Journey To Stardom
The singer was born as the son of Alejandro Cabello and Sinuhe Estrabao on 3 March 1997 in Cojimar, Eastern Havana, Cuba. As a child, her family lived alternately in Havana and Mexico City before she finally moved to Miami, Florida (though without her father, who joined them about 18 months later) at the age of about 5 years.
At that time Camila couldn’t speak English at all, but her strong desire to become a singer drove her to learn how to communicate in English at a very young age, playing karaoke and singing to the albums of artists like Britney Spears and Hilary Duff for her family and friends. While Camila’s passion to become a professional singer grew stronger and stronger in Miami Palmetto High School and she was unable to endure any further delays, she broke off her studies in 9th grade and later returned to school to earn her high school diploma.
After leaving school, Camila Cabello, then 15 years old, set out to make her dream come true by participating in The X Factor Audition in 2012, but unfortunately, she dropped out during the “boot camp” phase of the audition process in Miami. However, Simon Cowell, who had seen her rare talent, couldn’t let her go and brought her back into the competition to form an all-women group with four other girls – Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane, and Normani Kordei – who later became Fifth Harmony. The group finished third in the competition and was signed to Simon Cowell’s Syco Music label and Epic Records, owned by L.A. Reid.
Why Did She Break Away From Fifth Harmony?
Camila stayed with Fifth Harmony and together they released some songs, including the two studio albums Reflection (2015) and 7/27 (2016), before retiring later in 2016. When she announced her departure from the group by a statement in December 2016, the group claimed to have learned through their representatives that Camila was leaving the group and added that the remaining members would continue to carry the torch of Fifth Harmony.
In response to the statement, Camila resorted to her Instagram page to defend herself when she exposed some of the accusations the group had made against her. She insisted that the girls were well aware of her intention to become a solo artist, and even then she never wanted things to end the way they were supposed to. As a result of the contradictory statements, the fans were left with a longing for details.
A year and a few weeks after the singer left Fifth Harmony, the fans finally got the necessary clarity about the reason for her decision to leave the group that had put her in the spotlight. This happened when Camila Cabello explained in an interview with the New York Times that although she enjoyed working with Fifth Harmony, she also enjoyed working with other artists.
The singer made a few collabos with artists like Shawn Mendes and Machine Gun Kelly and also had some writing lessons with producer Diplo. After her explanation, you could understand that she did this out of her willingness to learn, but as the process went on she began to yearn for the freedom these other artists had to write their songs and make their music. However, it was impossible to do solo stuff while in a group.
Her work outside the group created a kind of tension among the girls, so Camila was in a tight spot. The singer was faced with the choice of either continuing her solo efforts reluctantly to keep peace with her band members, or leaving the group and chasing her solo dream head-on. Was her decision to leave the group selfish? Yes. But being selfish is sometimes not a bad thing, especially when your life’s purpose depends on it.
Career Accomplishments After She Went, Solo
During her time with Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello was the star of the collective, so her fans didn’t have to worry about whether or not she would succeed as a solo artist after her break from the group. In 2017, she collaborated with Norwegian DJ Cashmere Cat to release the official version of the song entitled “Love Incredible” on February 16. The song, which was first leaked on January 25, 2017, was then released on 9, Cashmere Cat’s debut album.
Later, Camila recorded “Hey Ma” together with Pitbull and J. Balvin, the second single of The Fate of the Furious: The Album, which is a soundtrack album for the American action movie The Fate of the Furious, which was released in April 2017. “Hey Ma” was released in Spanish on March 10, 2017, and in English on April 6, 2017. Two months later, the Cuban-American singer informed about her plans to release her first studio album entitled The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving. at that time.
This was followed by the release of her debut single “Crying in the Club” on May 19, 2017, and her performance at this year’s Billboard Music Awards on May 21. Afterward, Camila reported about a collaboration with Major Lazer and the American rappers Travis Scott and Quavo for the song “Know No Better”, which was released on June 1st, 2017. On August 3, 2017, Camila’s song “Havana” with rapper Young Thug was released together with “OMG” from her then-unreleased solo debut album.
“Havana” proved to be a great success both commercially and on billboards in several countries, including the USA, Great Britain, France, and Canada. Consequently, other songs written and recorded for their debut album were also influenced by the success of the single. Subsequently, two more single releases by the singer were released on 7 December 2017, entitled “Real Friends” and “Never Be the Same”. The latter made it into the Top 10 of Hot 100, becoming her third song to make it into the top ten on the list.
With “Havana” and “Never Be the Same”, Cabello was also the first artist to make it into the mainstream Top 40 and adult Top 40 airplay charts with singles from a debut studio album. In 2017, the singer also appeared as an opening act at various venues where Bruno Mars’ third concert tour, the 24K Magic World Tour, took place, especially in August. She also worked with the clothing line Guess as the face of the company’s fall 2017 campaign.
Finally, Camila Cabello’s long-awaited debut album was released on January 12, 2018. The self-titled album, which contains songs and ballads influenced by her Latin American roots, debuted in first place in the US with more than a hundred thousand songs and ballads sold and later went platinum in America.
In April 2018, the amazing singer set out on her first tour as a solo artist, the Never Be the Same tour. As part of her headlining tour, she released “Sangria Wine”, which she recorded together with Pharrell Williams. While still on tour, Camila began performing as a support act for Taylor Swift on her Reputation Stadium Tour. On July 31st, 2018 she performed for the first time as a headliner in the Mohegan Sun Arena and released a video with the single “Consequences” on October 9th, 2018.
The beautiful lady finished 2018 with two Grammy nominations, thanks to her super-exciting live performance of “Havana” and the album “Camila”. The following year, Camila released “Señorita” with singer Shawn Mendes, “Liar”, “Shameless”, “Cry for Me”, “Easy”, “Living Proof” and recorded “South of the Border” with rapper Cardi B Ed Sheeran’s before releasing her second album called Romance on December 6th. She will support the album with the Romance tour 2020.
All You Need To Know About Camila Cabello’s Relationship With Shawn Mendes
Camila Cabelo and Shawn Mendes began their friendship in 2015 when they worked together on the song “I Know What You Did Last Summer”. In an interview, Camila Cabelo admitted that during the making of the song they developed a connection that was more than just a simple friendship, but because they were very young and Shawn was under career pressure at the time, they didn’t know what to do with these feelings.
Consequently, they continued their friendship after the song was released, even though they liked each other and there was chemistry between them. Even when the duo was asked if they were romantically interested in each other, they both said they were in the “friendship zone”. After that, Camila and Shawn didn’t cross paths in that romantic way until they started hanging out and writing together again.
They released a cover of Ed Sheeran’s song “Kiss Me” in 2017 and still assured their fans that they were just friends, without any strings attached, and that they intended to keep their relationship that way. In June 2019 the singers released their second song “Señorita”, and this time it was very obvious that they had taken their friendship to another level, but were not yet ready to inform the public about it. The true nature of their relationship remained confusing until they were seen kissing in Miami towards the end of July 2019. After their cover was blown, the duo finally confirmed that they were a couple the following month. Also in August 2019, they attended the MTV VMAs, where they gave a steamy performance of “Senorita”.
While many of their fans, who had long wished for the two of them to get together, were happy, many others accused Camila and Shawn of having built the relationship for public relations reasons. Shawn, however, denied this accusation and stated that it was not an attempt to gain publicity.