Let’s Wave A Last Goodbye To Camila Cabello’s Fifth Harmony Baggage

Emily Gadsby
Camila Cabello celebrates her first anniversary as a solo artist
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Leaving Fifth Harmony was the best decision that singer-songwriter Camila Cabello ever made. After shedding the quartet of “X Factor”-manufactured pop stars weighing her down, Cabello quickly came into her own as a solo artist capable of breaking records and topping the Billboard charts. 

I admit that Fifth Harmony churned out some bops in their prime (“Work from Home” is on every turn-up playlist that I’ve ever made), but I never believed in the staying powers of members Ally Brooke, Normani, Dinah Jane, and Lauren Jauregui. Collaborating with other solo artists like Shawn Mendes before she left 5H in the dust for good, Cabello showed the world that she was the Beyonce of her girl group. 

Now, one year after she made her debut as a solo artist at the 2017 B96 Pepsi Summer Bash, Cabello is praising her road to long-lasting superstardom. 

Camila Cabello celebrates her first anniversary as a solo artist

“a year ago today i was backstage shaking, about to sing Havana and never be the same (which were still months from being released) for the first time,” tweeted Cabello in a heartfelt thank-you message to her fans. “in a year, you’ve made my wildest dreams come true. I love you so much, thank you.”

From breaking records with the release of her eponymous first studio album to securing a spot as an opening act on Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” tour, Cabello is much more than a flash-in-the-pan breakout solo artist. Unlike the solo efforts of former bandmate Normani, Cabello’s are NOT limited to sporadic features. Instead, she has the talent and staying power to create a unique body of work with her signature Latin/reggaeton-infused blend of pop and R&B. 

Despite Fifth Harmony’s diss of their former member at the 2017 VMAs, they didn’t drop Cabello. 

She’s always been leagues above the rest of the band, and her quantifiable success as a solo artist proves it. Without question, there’s definitely no “Crying in the Club” for this HBIC.