The hugely successful girl pop group Fifth Harmony is making headlines after a surprising breakup. Insiders say that “tensions had been festering among the group members for some time” but to many fans, the group suddenly becoming “Fourth Harmony” feels especially shocking due to its suddenness.
In a backstage chat after their performance at Jingle Ball in Miami, the group confirmed that they were working on a third album. Only days later, the departure of Camila Cabello from the group was announced on social media. The separate statements put out by Camila and her former band-mates are fueling a lot of speculation about exactly what caused the rift and whose idea it was for Camila to leave. After the rest of the girls posted that Camila had decided to leave the group, Camila responded by saying this wasn’t true and expressed her dismay over the way the group shared this over social media without talking to her. Fans of the group, known as Harmonizers, have since been voicing confusion, anger, and sadness.
The girls reportedly had a therapist with them on tour, in an effort to work through their conflicts, but it clearly didn’t work. The likely cause of the tension is Camila’s pursuit of a solo career. She hadn’t been silent about her goal of being a solo artist, and she had already experienced some big hits in her duets with Shawn Mendes and Machine Gun Kelly.
It’s not surprising that this group had some interpersonal conflict, given that they were strangers brought together for a television show. They managed to find some cohesion and make some huge hits, but at the end of the day, they were still five individual women and musicians. Like with most pop groups that came before them, it was probably only a matter of time before the harmony started sounding less sweet.
For Harmonizers, and likely for the girls themselves, the future of the group is uncertain. Some are speculating about whether the girls will audition a new fifth member or will just remain as a quartet. Others fear that the power pop group has no future at all. When Beyonce left Destiny’s Child, after all, the group dissolved. Whether the same thing will happen to Fifth Harmony remains to be seen.
It is certainly disappointing and sad that the group ended its run in the way that they did. A beloved group changing or ending is always hard to take, but the contentious fall of Fifth Harmony feels like a bigger blow. For Camila, though, it seems like it was “worth it” even if it didn’t end in the best way. The group certainly changed the lives of all five girls for the better.