Camila Cabello’s influence on the breakup of Fifth Harmony

Fifth Harmony’s 2018 breakup came after years of speculation, with some fans pitting Camila Cabello’s talent against the rest of the group members’.

Fifth Harmony was considered one of the most successful girl groups to come out of the US version of The X Factor, and spent six years together before officially splitting in 2018. The group was formed in 2012 after the five individual singers were made to form a girl group on the reality competition show. Placing third in the competition, the group, comprising Camila Cabello, Ally Brooke, Normani, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui, launched into stardom and grew to become one of the most popular female groups of this generation.

From the onset, Camila was pegged as the group member with the most unique voice, as she effortlessly handled the majority of the hooks and riffs of each song. Whilst at the peak of their career, Camila decided to leave the band in 2016 to pursue her solo career, with many assuming that she had taken heed of the public’s perception of her. Her departure left a major gap in the group, as the four remaining members struggled to maintain their fan base

After releasing a string of singles in 2017, Fifth Harmony announced an indefinite break from music in March 2018. The statement read, “We’ve had one hell of a memorable journey together and can’t begin to express our gratitude to you all for coming along with us on this wild journey. After six years going hard, non-stop, we realise that in order to stay authentic to ourselves and you, we need to take some time for now to go on a hiatus from Fifth Harmony in order to pursue sole endeavours.” The members have since gone on to have successful careers as solo artists and are unlikely to return as Fifth Harmony in the near future.

As at 2021, Camilla is arguably the most successful of the group members, having topped the charts with songs such as Havana, Crying In The Club and Senorita, featuring her current boyfriend, Shawn Mendes.