When Camila Cabello left Fifth Harmony in December, the singer breathed a sigh of relief after finally freeing herself from a situation that would not allow her to grow creatively. Since her exit, Cabello has insisted that she has learned so much about herself and others. One important life lesson the “Crying in the Club” singer picked up throughout her solo journey was realizing that not everyone is as genuine as they seem.
During an interview with Elle, the “Havana” singer was asked if she has a special technique for determining real friends from fake friends, but the star revealed she is old-fashioned when trying to figure out true friendships.
“I think the only way to know is time. I feel like there are instances and circumstances in your life that always change. You can think someone’s your friend, and it could be out of convenience, or there was something in it for them, or whatever,” she said.
Cabello goes on to explain that a person’s true colors will be revealed when they are faced with a difficult decision. “And a year later, something happens and you really need help or all of a sudden they have to stand up for you, and it could be inconvenient for them or not benefit them,” she added.
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“And they don’t have your back. And you’re like, ‘Ok, that friendship was circumstantial. You were only my friend when it was easy.’ What’s hard is you can’t tell from the beginning.”
Although Cabello has come across a few fake friends in her lifetime, she revealed that she was able to find some real ones.
“So many people have disappointed me. And there’s also been so many people—not so many, but a few people who make everything worth it, stick through it, and they show loyalty. And no matter what goes down, seas or rough or calm Sunday afternoon, those are people that are worth it. You die for those people,” she told the publication.
Although Cabello didn’t call out any particular member from Fifth Harmony about disappointing her, the singer previously revealed that she left the group because they weren’t allowed to contribute to the songwriting process and she didn’t feel comfortable singing songs she couldn’t relate to.
“[The songs were] mostly written by other people,” she told Rolling Stone in an interview.
“There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, it’s just not for me. It has to be me in order for me to be happy with the result. I get to make mistakes, correct them and learn and keep growing,” she added.
Now that Cabello has branched out as a solo artist, she has the final say of what goes on her songs and has done her best to distance her sound from Fifth Harmony. “Through trial and error, I’ve written enough finished songs to be able to say ‘Okay, this is me. This sounds like me and only me, and this separates me from what other people are doing.’”
Cabello continues to remain hard at work, putting the final touches on her debut solo album, “The Hurting, The Healing, The Loving,” which is expected to be released early next year.