No, Fifth Harmony's 2017 VMAs Performance Wasn't Really About Camila Cabello

by Danielle Jackson

Pretty much every Harmonizer was shook when Fifth Harmony seemed to diss Camila Cabello at the 2017 VMAs, but the band appeared on Good Morning America on Tuesday to clear some things up. As a refresher, the girl group took the stage on Sunday night with five members at the top of their performance — when one suddenly jumped off the stage. It didn't take long for the stunt to be labeled as shade directed at their former group member Cabello.

But the remaining four ladies — Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, and Lauren Jauregui — let the world know that the stunt wasn't exactly a direct reference to Cabello's decision to leave the group last December. Instead, it was more of a reference to fans thinking that the foursome is in need of a fifth member to replace her. When asked about the moment, Brooke told host Lara Spencer,

“We get asked all the time if we’re getting a fifth member, and we wanted to show the world in an artistic way that, hey, the four of us are Fifth Harmony. We’re stronger and better than we’ve ever been — and honestly it was such a monumental moment for us. We were at the VMAs! We had rain! We had splits! We had a mic drop!”

Cabello parted ways with the group after their performance at the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball at the end of 2016. Her departure was totally unexpected, and rumors of her not getting along with her fellow group members pretty much spread like wildfire after she publicly went back and forth with the remaining ladies about whether or not they were aware of her decision to leave.

No matter what her relationship was with the rest of the group when she decided to leave, fans can only hope that the "Work From Home" singers wouldn't take a special moment like performing at an award show and make it about the departure of a group member that happened almost a year ago. Now that this alleged "diss" has been confirmed as not a diss at all, it'll still be interesting to see what response the event could prompt from Camila Cabello.