The group shared a statement on social media signed by Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane Hansen and Lauren Jauregui on Dec. 19, 2016, stating that Cabello informed the group of her departure via her representative. Fifth Harmony thanked their supporters and announced that they will be continuing on as a foursome in addition to pursuing solo endeavors.
— Fifth Harmony (@FifthHarmony) December 19, 2016
The group came together on the second season of X Factor in 2012. They released two albums together — Reflection and 7/27 — and, just a week ago, Kordei asserted that there would be a third album coming in 2017. “The third album is definitely going to be so lit. We’re really excited,” she told radio host Elvis Duran at Jingle Ball. The group performed and gave interviews together as a fivesome at Y100’s Jingle Ball in Miami the night before Cabello’s departure was announced, though they did not indicate that Cabello would officially be separating from the group.
Cabello recently collaborated with Shawn Mendes and Machine Gun Kelly on solo tracks and insiders say her departure was imminent based on tensions between her and the other group members. A source said that Dec. 18, the date of their final performance together, marked the end of Cabello’s contract with Fifth Harmony. Launch the gallery at the top of the page to view more photos of the group onstage at Y100’s Jingle Ball.