When Did Camila Cabello Leave Fifth Harmony? Her Departure Was Rife With A Lot Of Drama

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The 2017 Billboard Music Awards are officially upon us, friends. This year, newly solo, former member of Fifth Harmony Camila Cabello snagged a nomination for Top Rap Collaboration for her work on "Bad Things" with Machine Gun Kelly. I know it may still be a little weird for fans to see her as a solo act, to the point where they may have blocked out  when did Cabello actually left Fifth Harmony. But we're going to have to face this one, guys, so the healing can begin.

There's always more than one side to a story like this one, because there are about a billion people's opinions and interpretations to consider. According to Billboard, the remaining four members of Fifth Harmony reportedly consider December 18, 2016 to be Cabello's last day as a member of their group. Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, and Lauren Jauregui all announced together on their group social media account that Cabello had "decided to leave the group." The remaining members of Fifth Harmony claimed that they had allegedly been informed of her intention to leave the group by her representatives and that they wished her well. They also emphasized that they would be continuing their act as a foursome.

Of course, that wasn't the end of things. According to Billboard, Dec. 18 was indeed the end of Cabello's contractual obligations to the group (which would certainly give her an easier out if that was her intention). But on her Twitter, Cabello maintained that she was not planning to leave the group for good at that time. She claimed that she brought forward the idea of attempting a solo career as merely a "hiatus," but the other member of Fifth Harmony were reportedly not really ready to just wait and see if that happened.

According to the same Billboard article, both sides reportedly claim that the other was uncooperative in one way or another, with Cabello alleging that her attempts to work both as a group and as a solo artist were apparently shot down and the remaining members of Fifth Harmony alleging that Cabello had apparently refused to participate in group discussions and meetings on the subject.

Obviously, tensions were high at the time of her exit from Fifth Harmony, but, luckily, it seems to have worked out for all parties involved, in the end. And fans of Cabello are definitely hoping her solo nomination brings her a win.