Camila Cabello is showing a very promising future following her surprise exit from Fith Harmony. The Latin star has aligned herself with big names in music, with Pitbull and J Balvin her latest collaborations. Cabello is the cover for the new edition of Latina magazine and she has opened up about her former band, her friendship with Taylor Swift and Donald Trump.
On leaving Fifth Harmony: I started in the group when I was just 15. I needed to follow my heart and my artistic vision. I’m grateful for everything we had in Fifth Harmony and for [this new] opportunity. I am less focused on success and more on doing my best and pursuing my artistic vision to the fullest, wherever that takes me. Of course I also hope people will enjoy my music!
On Taylor Swift's friendship: Our friendship has never been about career or anything professional. I tell her about boys and cry to her about boys. She’ll give me advice like, “No, do not text him back.” But I’m so excited for the day that I get to play her my music because she is seriously one of the reasons I started songwriting. I feel like we have something really cool where we can just be honest with each other, and we can just be girls, talking about stupid crushes. It’s the best.
On Donald Trump: At this point he is president, but it’s about making sure our voices are heard and letting him know that we are not going to surrender to his language of hatred against our people, Muslim people, people of color, gay people, people with disabilities — everyone he shut down in order to get where he is right now. We’re going to stand our ground. He needs to be a good president, not just for those who voted for him but for all of us, even the people that he hurt and insulted. Love is gonna trump hate. I never planned on being so politically involved [Camila’s been vocal on social media and marched in anti-Trump protests], but this hit so close to home for me that it wasn’t politics anymore, this was a human issue.
It’s really important for me to say [to the fans], “Hey I’m an immigrant! I’m Cuban and Mexican! I worked super-hard and I’m living my dreams right now and you can too.”
Read the full Latina magazine interview here.