By Faith Cummings
Dec 20, 2016 @ 9:45 am
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Though shocked about the news that Camila Cabello was leaving her role as 1/5th of the American Music Award-winning group Fifth Harmony, we thought that the words exchanged by both she and the now quartet were heartfelt and a sign of their love for one another. But things quickly took a turn toward a more heated discussion.

After announcing the group would stay together with just four members—including Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, and Lauren Jauregui—the group took to social media to air out their frustrations.

"Over the past several months we have consistently made every effort to sit down and discuss the future of Fifth Harmony and Camila," the foursome said in an open letter they posted on both Twitter and Instagram. "We called for group meetings which she refused, we asked LA 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. 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."

They continued, "We truly support anyone's decision to do what makes them happy and to that end we do wish Camila all the best although saddened by the way she and her team handled the situation. We are done engaging in this back and forth. We know our truth, we know the hard work we've put in and how we've tried time and time again to make this work for the five of us." Naturally, Cabello then reacted with a statement of her own.

"I was shocked to read the statement the Fifth Harmony account posted without my knowing," she revealed in a post on her personal Twitter and Instagram accounts. " The girls were aware of my feelings through the long, much needed conversations about the future that we had during tour. Saying that they were just informed through my representatives that I was ' leaving the group' is simply not true. Just like the other girls said in their statement about their plans, I had also planned to continue with my own solo endeavors in the New Year, but I did not intend to end things with Fifth Harmony this way."

Cabello went on, "Our happiness is our own responsibility. We only have one life and we never know much time we really have. We don't carry money, trophies, social media followers, fame or success with us. We carry the memories that made us feel alive and the moments that made us fall in love with life. New chapters are scary, but conforming to what's safe and looking back with regret is even scarier."

The Cuban-born beauty has worked on chart-topping tunes with Shawn Mendes and Machine Gun Kelly on her own and will continue to give her fans more music with her solo endeavor. "Next year I will be working on my own music and giving you a big chunk of my heart," she divulged. "Now I gotta walk the walk. And scary as it is to take the leap, I am excited and full of joy because I know that no matter what happens, I am following my heart. I hope to see you on my journey."

"I'll only have you if you're sweeter than my solitude"

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And that isn't all, as a source revealed to E! that the other women in Fifth Harmony would be working on solo projects in 2017 as well. "They will be making some big announcements in the New Year," the insider shared. "They will be working on new music and have their own projects. They are excited and supportive of each other."

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Only time will tell what happens next, but we wish all of the ladies continued success.

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