It was the night before Camila Cabello would finally unleash her debut album to the world, and she thought she was going to die.
As the story goes, the “Havana” singer was staying in a New York City hotel with a 4 a.m. wakeup call for promo the next morning, Jan. 12. She opted to go to bed at a sensible time, around 7 or 8 p.m. Of course, the big day ahead left her a bit on edge.
“I could not sleep. My heart was beating so fast,” Cabello told Zane Lowe in an interview for Apple Music’s Beats 1 Monday (Jan. 15). ” I would just try to go to sleep, and then I would just get my phone and I’d be like, ‘Did it come out yet?'”
The anticipation was to be expected, but what happened next was not. In her restless state, an unexpected disturbance in her hotel room left Cabello thinking that her life was about to end.
“I was trying to go to sleep and this lady came in, and she scared the bejeezus out of me,” she recounted. “I was like about to go to sleep, and I thought that I was having a nightmare. She was like, ‘Hello?’ I was so scared. I was like, ‘This is it. This is it. This is my last day and I didn’t even get to see my album come out.'”
Fear not, Camilizers: The mysterious woman turned out to just be a hotel housekeeper, likely there to offer fresh towels.
“I’m not kidding,” she said. “I was literally like, ‘Oh my god. This is it, this is it’ because I heard the furniture moving around, and I was like, ‘Who’s in the room?'”
The rest of Cabello’s interview with Lowe was also compelling, if not as sensational. She talked at length about Camila and its material — and she explained why she changed the album title, how she came up with the order of tracks and what it was like choosing an album cover. She identified “Consequences” and “Never Be the Same” as her current favorites from Camila, and she revealed that she’d love to rework “Never Be the Same” into a country song with Sam Hunt.
On the making of her album, she said, “I never want to do what people expect me to do. I feel like it’s uninteresting if I just came out with ‘Havana’ part two and part three and my album was just a bunch of different versions of ‘Havana.'”
Catch her full interview with Zane Lowe below.