Fifth Harmony Breaking Up? Lauren Jauregui Reportedly Signs Solo Record Deal

Lauren Jauregui
The pop star is pursuing a solo career, but does this mean the end of the Harmonizers? GettyImages

Lauren Jauregui is one of the most beloved members of Fifth Harmony and she seems to now be following Camila Cabello's footsteps into becoming a solo artist. The pop star has reportedly signed a deal with Columbia moving on from Epic for a solo album, according to Billboard. With Jauregui pursuing a venture independent from the group, could this be the beginning of the end for the band? Let's remember that when Cabello tried to pull a similar move, she was dropped from 5H.

Lauren Jauregui has already dipped her toes in projects outside of Fifth Harmony by participating in the Steve Aoki song and video for "All Night". Normani Kordei, another bandmate, signed a solo deal back in October 2017 according to Billboard. This month it was confirmed that Kordei would be collaborating with Khalid in a track for the film "Love, Simon." It will be on March 16 when "Love Lies" is released to the public. "Normani's voice is so beautiful," the R&B artist said of collaborating with Normani. "Her style and just the sauce that she has, it's just so unmatchable."

Camila Cabello’s departed the group abruptly in December 2016 “After 4 and a half years of being together, we have been informed via her representative that Camila has decided to leave Fifth Harmony. We wish her well," a statement from management read.

Cabello was quick to react and released her own statement where she said: “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. As sad as it is to see this chapter ending this way, I will continue to root them all on as individuals and as a group. I wish nothing but the best for them.”

Fifth Harmony then fired back in another statement that read: “We have spent the past year and a half (since her initial solo endeavor) trying to communicate to her and her team all of the reasons why we felt Fifth Harmony deserved at least one more album of her time, given the success of this past year that we’d all worked so hard for.

The statement continued saying: "We called for group meetings which she refused, we asked L.A. 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 pleased.

"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."

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Armando Tinoco is an Orange County-based writer with a degree in Marketing from Cal. State Fullerton and a degree in Graphic Design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. In addition to reporting for Latin Times and when he is not watching Brazilian and Mexican telenovelas or quoting lines from "Clueless" and "Friends" he is brushing up his skills in CSS and responsive website design. Some of his celebrity idols include Eiza Gonzalez, Paulina Rubio and Amanda Bynes.