WATCH: Camila Cabello Performs for the First Time Since Leaving Fifth Harmony
Teaming up with Machine Gun Kelly, the 19-year-old performed “Bad Things,” the collaboration she released with the rapper prior to departing from her girl group. This was her first performance as an official solo artist.
As previously reported, Cabello parted ways with Fifth Harmony in December after almost five years together. According to a statement released by the singer, she will be working on her own music as Fifth Harmony continues on as a foursome.
“As sad as it is to see this chapter ending this way, I will continue to root them all on as individuals and as a group, I wish nothing but the best for them, all the success in the world and true happiness,” her statement read. “New chapters are scary, but conforming to what’s safe and looking back with regret is even scarier.”
However, Cabello’s former bandmates later refuted claims that the separation was mutual. Though Cabello previously said the girls — Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane Hansen and Lauren Jauregui — were informed of her decision to leave, the remaining members of 5H revealed in a lengthy tweet that the solo songstress never spoke to them about the matter.
“Over the past several months we have consistently made every effort to sit down and discuss the future of Fifth Harmony and Camila. We have spent the past year and a half (Since her initial solo endeavor) trying to communicate to her and her team all the reasons why we felt Fifth Harmony deserved at least one more album of her time, given the success of this past year that we’d all worked so hard for,” they said in a written statement. “We called for group meetings which she refused, we asked L.A. Reid and the label to step in and try to set meetings, which again, she refused. We even went as far as group counseling which she did not show up to.”
The continued, “So no, after months of rejection from her and her team, these supposed lengthy conversations in fact never happened, although we pleaded. We have tried with exhausted efforts and hearts to keep this group alive as the five of us, and we want it to be very clear that unfortunately those efforts were not mutual.”
Earlier this month, Fifth Harmony performed for the first time since Cabello’s exit during the 2017 People’s Choice Awards. When taking home the Favorite Group award, they did not thank Cabello during the acceptance speech.