Camila followed up with her own statement saying the group wasn't blindsided by her departure. 5H followed up with another statement saying they tried to talk with Camila and her camp multiple times about the future of the group. Camila's camp allegedly refused. She has had a separate manager, Roger Gold, for some time—who allegedly created drama within the group. Camila knew for some time her plans to go solo.
Nevertheless, Fifth Harmony still has four talented members. Each member of the group sings lead and shines. But Camila stood out the most because of her unique voice—not necessarily for being the most talented.
The group announced Camila's departure on Dec. 19, 2016. Talk about giving fans coal for Christmas 2016.
But it wouldn't be the last time fans would get to see 5H as a quintet. Camila performed with Fifth Harmony for the last time on "Live on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve." While some thought the last performance was awkward because of the drama, the quintet killed it for one, last time. And it only made Harmonizers miss Camila even more. Some fans still wish they stayed together.
Fifth Harmony never changed their name. That literally means five members! Although now they've given the fifth slot to their Harmonizers.
They came up on "The X-Factor" as a quintet. They formed in July of 2012 and for nearly five years, fans got to see five girls grow into women. Camila slayed with Dinah, Ally, Normani and Lauren.
But even after an album without Camila, some still fear that 5H's best days are behind them. Yes—some groups can survive with lineup changes—like Destiny's Child. But Destiny's Child had a lead singer and a second lead singer who remained in the group—Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, respectively. Camila's vocals were all over the group's EP and two studio albums. Even with some bops on their self-titled third studio album, 5H peaked in 2016 with their hit "Work From Home" and with all five members attached to their "7/27" LP.
With the girls only recording that one final self-titled album in 2017 before embarking on solo projects, Camila should have stayed for the Harmonizers. And some Harmonizers feel Camila needs 5H as much as 5H needs her. Maybe the group should have remained a quintet until all the ladies decided to go solo. Harmonizers feel cheated out of a final project with the original lineup.
But Camila showed promise as a solo artist while in Fifth Harmony. From the jump on "The X Factor" in the U.S., Demi Lovato noted the Camila stood out among the girls. While slaying with 5H, Camila collaborated on a couple of hits with other artists: "I Know What You Did Last Summer" with Shawn Mendes and "Bad Things" with Machine Gun Kelly. She was also intended to be featured on the Chainsmokers' #1 hit 'Closer,' which eventually went to Halsey. Her duets raised her profile as an artist, and "Bad Things" went on to become her first top 5 pop hit outside of 5H.
Camila gained her first hit post-5H as a lead artist with "Havana" featuring Young Thug. The smash peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, just right behind Post Malone's "Rockstar." After getting a taste of her self-titled LP with an array of promotional tracks, Camilizers are expecting her debut to slay them away! There's no going back once you go solo. Let's be real. And Camila has said she didn't feel fully like herself while in 5H. Now she has been slaying in her own right.