Camila Cabello Talks Spotting Fake Friends: 'The Only Way to Know Is Time'
In an interview with 'Elle,' the former Fifth Harmony singer talks about "circumstantial" and those that last the test of time.
When asked how she finds out if a friend is fake, the “Havana” singer said, “I think the only way to know is time. I feel like there are instances and circumstances in your life that always change. You can think someone’s your friend, and it could be out of convenience, or there was something in it for them, or whatever.”
She said she can tell if a friendship is conditional when she needs a friend to stand up for her. “It could be inconvenient for them or not benefit them,” she said. “And they don’t have your back. And you’re like, ‘Ok, that friendship was circumstantial. You were only my friend when it was easy.’”
Cabello went on to reveal that "many" people have disappointed her. But on the bright side, plenty of her friends have remained loyal. “No matter what goes down, seas or rough or calm Sunday afternoon, those are people that are worth it,” she said. “You die for those people.”
It’s unclear which fake friends Cabello was referring to, but there are at least four former bandmates the world is likely to assume have played into her experiences -- the remaining members of Fifth Harmony.
When Cabello left 5H last year, the girl group issued a statement saying they were “truly hurt” when she refused group meetings and didn’t show up to group counseling. As well, they stated they were informed of her decision to leave the groop through her representatives -- a point Cabello disputed.
“I was shocked to read the statement the Fifth Harmony account posted without my knowing," Cabello responded on Instagram. "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.”
When the subject of Cabello’s departure came up in Billboard’s cover story of Fifth Harmony, former band mate Normani Kordei said, “I get to sleep at night knowing we did everything in our power as friends, bandmates and human beings to make it work.” Ally Brooke said, "You can’t change people." Then Dinah Jane Hansen added, “Let’s just say we’re in a better place now -- there are no secrets in this circle.”
A few days after the cover story was published online, Cabello unfollowed her former bandmates on Instagram.