Fifth Harmony was a girl group that was formed on the musical competition show The X-Factor during the second season of the show. Although they ended up coming in third place, right behind winner Tate Stevens and runner-up Carly Rose Sonenclar, the group still became pretty famous with songs like Work from Home, Miss Movin' On, and Worth It.
In 2016, Camila Cabello announced that she would be leaving the group in order to pursue a career as a solo artist. Some time after, the rest of the group went their separate ways. What has Camila been doing since leaving Fifth Harmony?
Keep reading to find out!
17 First, She Announced She Was Leaving
In 2016, Fifth Harmony fans were surprised to see a message on the group's social media accounts that announced that Camila had chosen to leave the group in order to work as a solo artist.
Some fans noticed tensions between them when the statement claimed that Camila hadn't told them personally she was leaving and that her management broke the news to them. In response, Camila said she had always been open about wanting to do music as a solo artist.
16 She Opened Up To Billboard
Only a month after announcing that she was no longer going to be making music with Fifth Harmony, Camila found herself on the cover of Billboard magazine. She did a full interview with the magazine all about her decision to make music by herself, how she was handling this huge change, and what she thought life without her four fellow members of Fifth Harmony was going to be like.
In the emotional interview, Camila opened up about when she started to feel separate from the group and her plans for the future.
15 'Hey Ma' Was Featured In A Movie
Anyone who listened to their music will hear that many of the vocals in the group's songs come from Camila. On top of doing most of the singing in the group, she also had the most work outside of the group.
Songs with Machine Gun Kelly and Shawn Mendes had already been released but Hey Ma, a song she did with Pitbull and J Balvin, was released following her departure. This song was even featured in The Fate of the Furious!
14 She Performed At The Kids' Choice Awards
Bad Things, a Machine Gun Kelly song that Camila was featured on, was basically impossible to avoid back in 2017. This song is a super catchy one that topped the charts after it was released, which was before Camila left Fifth Harmony, and was all over the radio.
At the 2017 Kids' Choice Awards, Fifth Harmony accepted two awards without Camila. Despite this, it's safe to say the night was probably still pretty great for her considering she was on stage performing Bad Things.
13 She Dropped A Solo Single
Following Camila's departure from the group, it's definitely safe to say that all eyes were on her as people anxiously awaited her debut songs as a solo artist. Whether it's because they were fans who wanted to cheer her on or people who were upset she left 5H, people were waiting.
In May of 2017, she dropped her debut single as a solo artist, Crying in the Club. This song sampled a classic pop hit, Genie in a Bottle by Christina Aguilera, and the song made its way into the top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
12 And Then Another One
For some artists, it takes a long time to release new music. Others seem to be coming out with a new song all the time! When Camila released Crying in the Club, another song could be heard as the intro in the lyric video which had fans scratching their heads.
But fans only had to wait three short days before Camila surprised everyone by releasing the full version of the song heard at the beginning of Crying in the Club. The song I Have Questions became the second single Camila released as a solo artist.
11 Her First Solo Performance Was Huge
Even though Camila had released music as a solo artist, she hadn't actually performed by herself yet. Every performance she had done since leaving Fifth Harmony was with another artist because she was performing songs that she had collaborated with them on.
But at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, Camila finally had her chance to perform for the first time as a solo artist. At the award show, she performed I Have Questions and Crying in the Club in a huge debut performance.
10 She Didn't Stop There
Following her first huge performance as a solo artist at the Billboard Music Awards, it would make sense for Camila to relax and take a little time off, right? No way! Just over a week after that performance, Camila took the stage again during an episode of Britain's Got Talent in order to perform her song Crying in the Club once more. Even though this song didn't make the cut and was taken off her album, it's still super catchy and we loved every performance.
9 Her First Solo Award
Although Fifth Harmony had won some awards before Camila left the group, the fact that she was now a solo artist meant that she was experiencing all those milestones again for the first time.
From her first performance, her debut single and debut album, and her first award, all these things that she had experienced with Fifth Harmony were now coming to her again as a solo artist. At the 2017 iHeartRadio MMVAs, Camila accepted the award for Best International Artist, her first award during her solo career!
8 She Went On Tour With Someone Huge
After a few huge performances as a solo artist, it's safe to say Camila had become comfortable with the stage as a solo artist. During the summer of 2017, Camila put this to the test by going on tour with someone huge as the opening act.
Anyone who saw Bruno Mars on his 24K Magic Tour probably saw the Crying in the Club singer performing before he hit the stage. In her announcement, she was just as excited as her fans and said, "I've looked up to Bruno as a vocalist, musician, entertainer and artist, I'm so honored and excited."
7 'Havana' Hit The Airwaves
Even though Crying in the Club was the first single that Camila released as a solo artist, the third song she released after going solo is the first one that really became a big hit. The song Havana was released in August of 2017 and hit the number one spot on the charts in several countries including the US!
This song, which features Young Thug, was basically impossible to avoid after its release. The song is a tribute to Camila's home, Cuba, and featured a hilarious music video that parodied telenovelas.
6 Caught Some Major Band Shade
There are a lot of celebs that make their performances super over the top with effects or dancing. At the 2017 MTV VMA's, people couldn't wait to see how Fifth Harmony was going to perform without Camila. They definitely made a statement with their performance!
At the beginning of the performance, all four members were wearing jackets with hoods up. When they pulled the hoods back, the fifth person standing with them dove back off the stage. The following year, Camila told the New York Times this hurt her feelings. We don't blame her!
5 Joined A Jonas For Carpool Karaoke
Carpool Karaoke is a hilarious series in which celebrities get together, go for a drive, and sing along to different hit songs while they're in the car. The series follows as they sing along to their own music and other hit songs as well as talking to each other about their lives and careers.
In October 2017, Camila teamed up with Joe Jonas to go on Apple Music's Carpool Karaoke series where they sang Crying in the Club and Cake by the Ocean, among other songs, and were even crowned king and queen of their very own prom!
4 She Did A Guess Campaign
There are many celebrities that do multiple things. Some are actresses while also owning a makeup line and others are singers that also model. Camila Cabello showed in late 2017 that she's definitely more than just a musician. Although her Havana video tested her acting skills when she appeared in a parody of a telenovela, she showed off that she knows how to work her angles even before that video was released. She appeared in a Guess campaign for their holiday 2017 collection.
3 'Real Friends' and 'Never Be The Same' Built Hype
With three songs released, Camila's fans just had one question: where is the album? Luckily, in December 2017, she announced that they didn't have that much longer to wait! She revealed in a statement on her social media accounts that the album was going to be released in January of 2018. Along with this huge announcement, Camila dropped two more songs from the album in order to build hype for the upcoming album. Only a few days after announcing the album, she released Real Friends and Never Be the Same.
2 Her First Solo Tour
After performing on several different TV shows and award shows and opening for both Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift on their own tours, it was finally time for Camila to go on her own tour and play her new music for all her fans.
In October of 2018, the Never Be the Same Tour came to an end. On her social media, Camila wrote that, "These songs, these memories, this story, these visuals: all coming to an end tonight to make way for the next era to begin." What will this new era be? Only time will tell!
1 Dual Grammy Nominations
Getting nominated for an award is always huge for any celebrity. In December of 2018, the nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards were released and Camila just couldn't contain her excitement when she saw that she had been nominated not just once but twice. Camila's nominations came for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album. Even though Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande were the winners, it was still an exciting way for Camila to end the first era of her solo career.