X Factor US’ Camila Cabello admits she quit Fifth Harmony because she was sexualised too young
Camila Cabello has spoken out about why she left Fifth Harmony, revealing that she felt sexualised at too young an age.
The American girl group formed on the X Factor US in 2012 and have since gone on to reach global success with hits such as “Worth It”, “Work From Home” and “All In My Head”.
Fifth Harmony now consists of just four members – Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui – after Camila announced her departure at the end of 2016.
Camila was only 15 years old when the group was put together and has had to face the pressures of growing into womanhood alongside the pressures of being in the public eye.
Speaking to Lena Dunham for Lenny, Camila opened up about how the group were often told to be “sexy” in order to gain popularity.
She explained: “Especially with being a girl group, there’s been a lot of times where people have tried to sexualise us to just get more attention.
“Unfortunately, sex sells.
“There’s definitely been times where there’s stuff that I have not been comfortable with and I’ve had to put my foot down.”
Camila added: “There’s nothing wrong with showing sexuality.
“If you have that inside, it’s just an expression of who you are. If you want to share that with people, that’s amazing. I love that.
“Look at Rihanna. She’s so sexy. She comes from Planet Sexy. I worship her. I really, really do.”
The singer explained how the problem came from her having to face her sexuality publicly too young.
“I definitely think being a young girl, there’s a time where – like when you’re in middle school or when you first start liking boys – you don’t really feel comfortable.
“You remember that time when you first got your period, or when your boobs started coming in, that you were just like, ‘This is weird’.
“You have to grow into yourself. I feel like it’s been tricky because we’ve had to grow into ourselves while being in front of the world and while making songs that did have a lot of sexual undertones.”
Well, more power to you Camila! We wish her the best of luck with whatever she decides to do next.