Fifth Harmony seems to be moving on from Camila Cabello's departure, so why can't everyone else? The four-piece group recently spoke with Dan Wootton for his podcast Bizarre Life. Though they were promoting their upcoming eponymous album, The Sun's reporter asked several leading questions about Cabello, who left the group to pursue her career as a solo artist. In politely dodging the questions, the four women were consequently labeled as "total divas" and subjected to accusations about their characters.
The tension began when Wootton brought up the claim that Cabello did not notify her fellow bandmates about her impending departure. Ally Brooke replied, "Yeah, well, right now we're really focused on each other. We're so excited in the now and we have so much to look forward to."
Clearly not getting the hint, Wootton persisted. He then brought up Cabello's claims that she felt uncomfortable being sexualized while in Fifth Harmony. Lauren Jauregui said, "We know how hard we've worked. We know how our choreography makes us feel and how empowered we feel."
The proverbial last straw came when Wootton asked if they would ever be friends with Cabello again. Silence ensued as someone seemingly notified a publicist, who quickly hopped on the call and let the radio host know that Fifth Harmony intended on using the limited time they had to, naturally, promote their music — not slam a former bandmate.
— Dan Wootton (@danwootton) August 17, 2017
It really should have ended then and there. Unsatisfied with the group's decision to not indulge his thirst for gossip, Wootton fired off a thinly veiled tweet aimed directly at Fifth Harmony. He wrote, "Sad but somewhat amusing when you see a young music group you've supported turn into total divas!" Not only that, but he has continued to publicly bash the group in the days following. Wootton said he was simply inquiring about "news" and now understands why Camila "had to walk." Oh, and he promptly created a poll about the best girl group at the moment.
This is what happens when women take control of their lives. It happened when Brooke answered a negative question with a positive answer. It happened when Jauregui refused to answer yet another question about Cabello. It even happened when Cabello decided to follow her own path. Resistance ensues from many sides. Taking control of the narrative once again, Jauregui replied to Wootton in a delightfully defiant tweet.
I'm not sure how trying to avoid answering probing questions meant to start drama b/w women is being "diva"..but thanks for the support😘 https://t.co/rSt9LM40aM
— Lauren Jauregui (@LaurenJauregui) August 16, 2017
Why can't we let them all just move on? There's a dramatic and provocative appeal, certainly. Since few people outside of Fifth Harmony definitively know the events leading up to Cabello's split, there's also a mysterious element — a real whodunit for the mainstream music industry. We can't forget that there's a precedence for this. It's an obvious comparison to make, but the Spice Girls faced similar scrutiny when Geri Halliwell suddenly decided to leave the group at the height of their fame.
In her statement at the time, Halliwell said, "This is because of differences between us. I am sure the group will continue to be successful and I wish them all the best. I have no immediate plans. I wish to apologize to all the fans and to thank them for everyone who has been there." Though the group has since made amends — even performing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London — people still have a fascination with the nature of Halliwell's departure and the drama that might have been occurring behind the scenes.
Maybe one day, we'll get a Fifth Harmony reunion consisting of the five original members. (We probably won't.) But regardless, the ongoing obsession with the group's past is ultimately inhibiting their respective futures.