It’s been a couple of restless days for Fifth Harmony‘s Lauren Michelle Jauregui. After her open letter to Donald Trump was published by People magazine, the 21 year old is constantly targeted with criticism. She has her supporters, too, of course. As an advocate for Muslim refugees and a vocal defender of LGBTQ rights, the Cuban singer slowly reveals her true colors and is not afraid of expressing her ideals beyond her work with the quartet.
“This country was built and lives on backed by immigrants and refugees. The term ‘refugee’ itself is a very significant word. These people are not terrorists,” she explains. “We need to unite. We are not going to tolerate another Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia or Maoist China. The ‘History repeats itself’ phrase is a cliché that comes with a dire price to pay.”
In the midst of a new world tour in support of their self-titled third record, the singer revealed exclusively to Billboard Argentina how she is dealing with this new era of the band.
Your voice goes beyond the songs. Are you aware of how things came to be?
I gave my life to this without knowing what I was doing. I was very little when I started in 5H, I was 16. I think that until we’re 21, human beings don’t get to know themselves very much. But I also believe that everything happens for a reason, and that God knows what he’s doing.
I had to learn everything, in front of many people. That way I learned a lot about myself and the people that surround me. And when I mean everything, I mean from learning how to talk and communicate to learning everything that means to be an artist. I’m sure that I’ll never regret the road I’ve taken. I never question that because I love what I do; it’s given me everything that I have in this life.
Doing something that is your passion, in my case related to music and art, being a performer playing shows around the world, that is a dream come true.
How do you deal with success?
As an artist, I don’t care about where we are in the charts and all that. The important thing to me is to connect with a creative project. In this record, we’ve got our thoughts, our lyrics. When you listen to it, it’s about things we’ve lived through. We’ve worked our asses off to get to where we are now. We’ve worked a lot and everyone that knows us can vouch for it. After all, of all we’ve lived till today, this is the most authentic we’ve done, and that motivates me a lot.
Do you consider yourself a Latin artist? Would you like doing a collaboration with an artist in Spanish?
Of course! I love South America. I’m Cuban, and every time I’m over there, I feel the genuine love. I’m moved by the way we’re treated. I was raised with Latin culture, and I love it. About that collaboration, I can’t say much, but, we’re working on it! Making music with Shakira, Nicky Jam or J Balvin would be amazing. If it were up to me, I’d do it with everyone!
How would you describe your bandmates?
Ally [Brooke] is the sweetest being you could possibly imagine. Dinah [Jane Hansen] is carefree; she doesn’t suffer irrelevant things. She only keeps the positive and holds no grudges. And Normani [Kordei] is the most hard-working person I know, and she’s always trying to improve and be the best version of herself.