Camila Cabello was born in the east of Havana. The family constantly moved between Mexico City and Havana in her younger years, until she arrived in Miami at the age of five. Her parents had to start a new life there with few means. When she was in school, she told her parents that she wanted to participate in the television talent show The X Factor.
Camila Cabello auditioned for The X Factor in 2012. After being rejected during the “bootcamp” part of the trial, she was recalled by the jury members, along with four other female participants of the program (Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei and Dinah Jane). This was to form a girl group, which eventually resulted in the girl group Fifth Harmony. The group took third place in the talent show.
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On December 18, 2016, it was reported that Cabello had left Fifth Harmony. She then started a solo career. On April 6, 2017 the single Hey ma was released, which Cabello sang together with Pitbull and J Balvin for the soundtrack of the movie The Fate of the Furious. She also sang the single Crown with the duo Gray for the soundtrack of the Netflix film Bright.
On January 12, 2018, Cabello’s first studio album, Camila, was released and was number 1 in the Billboard 200. In that week she also reached number 1 position in the Billboard Hot 100 with her hit Havana.