Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao is a Cuban-born American singer and songwriter. As part of the girl group Fifth Harmony, Cabello and her bandmates released one EP and two studio albums.
Her departure from the group was announced in December 2016. As a lead artist, Cabello has released two singles which entered the top 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100: “I Know What You Did Last Summer” with Shawn Mendes and “Bad Things” with Machine Gun Kelly, with the latter reaching No. 4. Her single “Havana”, from her upcoming debut studio album, has reached the top 10 in several countries.
Cabello was born in Cojimar, Eastern Havana, Cuba, to Sinuhe Estrabao and Alejandro Cabello. For most of her early life, she and her family moved back and forth between Havana and Mexico City, Mexico (her father’s native country), before relocating to Miami, Florida at age 5.
2012–2016: The X Factor and Fifth Harmony
Camila Cabello auditioned for The X Factor in Greensboro, North Carolina. After elimination during the “bootcamp” portion of the process in Miami, Florida, Cabello was called back to the stage along with Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, and Dinah Jane to form the girl group that would later become known as Fifth Harmony. They signed a joint deal with Syco Music, owned by Simon Cowell, and Epic Records, L.A. Reid’s record label, after finishing in third place on the show.
The group released the EP Better Together (2013) along with the studio albums Reflection (2015) and 7/27 (2016), which generated singles such as “Worth It” and “Work from Home”. From 2013 through the end of 2016, Cabello performed in various Fifth Harmony tours.
On December 18, 2016, the group announced Cabello’s departure. She appeared in a previously taped performance with the group on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.