Camila Cabello is finally opening up about the infamous stunt Fifth Harmony pulled at last year’s MTV Video Music Awards, where they violently yanked a fifth member off of the elevated stage before their performance.
The “Havana” crooner sat down with the New York Times and spoke about the incident for the first time. “It definitely hurt my feelings,” she told the outlet, adding, “I wasn’t expecting it, I wasn’t prepared for it — especially because at that point I’d moved on from it. I was just like, ‘What? Why?’”
The incident, which was a clear jab at their now-departed member, quickly resulted in a frenzy of tweets and reactions last August, and was one of the most-talked-about moments of the night. Despite the shock factor, Fifth Harmony told Good Morning America two days after their performance that it was more about revealing the bands future as a foursome and less about their former bandmate: “We wanted to show the world in an artistic way that, hey, the four of us are Fifth Harmony.”
In the article, Cabello also details how things began to head south when she teamed up with fellow singer Shawn Mendes to release their 2015 bop “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” “I was just curious and I wanted to learn and I saw all these people around me making music, writing songs and being so free,” she said. “I just wanted to do that and it did not work.”
After her solo venture and her decision to attend writing sessions with producers for her own work, it became clear to her that she had to make a decision to either stay with the girl group or part ways and go it alone. Since leaving the group in December 2016, Cabello has scored major success in her solo venture, with her Latin-flavored smash “Havana” still holding the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and reigning on the Pop Songs chart for the last seven weeks — the longest run for a solo female in five years.
With a lot of success come a lot of negativity, but Cabello isn’t letting that slow her down. “I have to make space for the good stuff to happen in my life,” she told NYT. “I don’t like holding onto the past, especially when it’s stuff that, in my opinion, is just petty.”
Re-live Fifth Harmony’s VMA’s performance below. Cabello’s debut album, Camila, is out Friday (Jan. 12).