Camila Cabello believed in herself and won. The Cuba-born pop star left her cushy gig with Fifth Harmony during the band’s peak in 2016 to pursue a solo career, with Cabello scoring a No. 1 song and No. 1 album in her solo debut.
The music industry has taken notice, including Sir Elton John. He told Apple Music’s Beats 1 (via People) that Cabello’s records make him happy and make him smile, which, wow, really? That’s high praise. And to think, she got her start on X-Factor and only managed to come in third with her 5H bandmates. But you probably already knew that. Here are some facts about Cabello, one of pop music’s fast rising stars, that you may not know.
She dreaded the first few interviews after her Fifth Harmony exit
Cabello felt the wrath of some die-hard Fifth Harmony fans over her exit. So when it came time for Cabello to do her first interviews following the messy break-up, she was understandably terrified.
“I remember the first few interviews, I had so much anxiety that I had to go to the bathroom to breathe,” Cabello told Spain’s Los40. “Obviously the first few interviews, you know what kind of questions you’re going to get. … Now I feel like I’m just kind of like, you know what? Whatever. I feel like … when you get older, you get a more realistic perspective of what should matter. So what scared you before, you’re kind of just like, it’s not a big deal. There are bigger things.”
Tell that to the remaining members of Fifth Harmony. While Cabello has repeatedly addressed the topic when prompted in interviews, her ex-bandmates have been petty and visibly annoyed by the subject, which may cost them the battle they were once winning in the court of public opinion.
Her post-Fifth Harmony career got off to a flat start
Now that Cabello has become a pop darling, it’s easy to forget that she stumbled out of the gate with the underwhelming “Crying in the Club,” her first single after the Fifth Harmony split. The pressure was on for Cabello to make a statement as a solo artist, but the dull dance track co-written by Sia never really caught on, peaking at No. 47 on the Billboard 100.
Cabello eventually ditched the song, leaving it off her album, Camila. Her manager, Roger Gold, told the New York Times: “The reality of that song is it doesn’t feel or sound like Camila. The most important learning in this whole thing was that we were most successful when Camila trusted in her own instincts.” Joey Arbagey, executive vice president of A&R at Epic Records, made similar remarks in the New York Post: “‘Crying in the Club’ was not Camila’s absolute first choice of music to release. We were all very nervous about it.”
Believe it or not, label higher ups also had major doubts about Cabello’s next single, “Havana,” according to producer Frank Dukes, but the song became a hit and gave her solo career the boost it needed.
She isn’t shy about her flatulence
Breaking news: Camila Cabello farts. It’s true. That might be hard for some to believe, but she has confirmed the news herself in interviews. She initially seemed embarrassed when talking about the subject — like during a 2013 Fuse interview when her then-bandmates called out her flatulence — but now she’s pretty open about it. Some might say too open.
During an interview with Bop (via Press Party), Cabello recalled passing gas in front of her fourth grade crush: “I panicked it on the chair I was sitting on ….” She also confidently told Hot 97, “in the studio, when it’s really quiet — that’s just when it happens. And sometimes you just got to own it. You just got to be like ‘I farted.'”
The toilet talk doesn’t end there. She told Elvis Duran “… a great way to not be intimidated by people, is to like picture them pooping. … I have started to do that more and more often and it works. It means we’re all human.” Moving on.
She fangirls over her friendship with Taylor Swift
Imagine that you’ve somehow managed to get an invite into Swift’s squad. Congrats! You must be really pretty. Now, do you act like you belong and play it cool or do you recite facts about Swift’s career only a stan would know? Believe it or not, Cabello, a long time Swiftie, opted for the latter.
“(Swift will) be like, ‘When this happened…’ and I’ll be like, ‘That’s what you wrote ‘Love Story’ about!'” Cabello told Glamour. “I feel like she knows, because I’ll randomly text her when I’m listening to ‘Enchanted’ and be like, ‘This song is so good!’ It’s cool that I get to be on the inside of the ‘thing’ because I was a big fan of it for so long.”
The lesson, as always: Famous people can get away with anything.
She has a favourite US city, and it’s not the one she calls home
Cabello has a lot of love for Miami. It’s where she has lived since coming to the US when she was 6 years old. But it’s not her favorite city in the US. That honor goes to New York. “New York is definitely … my favourite place (in the United States)…” Cabello told KTU 103.5. “I live in Miami and I love Miami, there’s just an energy (in New York) that’s just magical.”
the City might have something to do with her infatuation. She admitted in the interview that she had been binge-watching the show (she said she’s Carrie, even though others might think she’s Charlotte, FYI).
Cabello is so hung up on the Big Apple that that she dreams of living there one day. “I want to go to New York and get my apartment,” she told Rolling Stone, “and I want to fall in love.” But just to be clear, Cabello’s romantic fantasy doesn’t involve the winter months. “I could not do it in the winter, though,” she told SiriusXM Hits 1. “I don’t know how you guys do it.” See, Cabello is still a South Floridean at heart.