It’s been nearly a year since Camila Cabello left Fifth Harmony to focus on her solo career. Before the BA girl group changed their name or welcome another fifth member to join their chorus, the fans of group filled in as the fifth member. After all, fans have always been a part of the band (basically). Now, about a year since Cabello’s departure, Lauren Jauregui has plans to go solo—but she’s cerebrating all the lyrical endeavors that she’s accomplished with Fifth Harmony.
As Jauregui orchestrates her stag career, Fifth Harmony will take a brief hiatus because Normani, Dinah Jane and Ally Brooke are also curating their own singular careers. However, we aren’t the only fangirls who are
screeching along to all of Fifth Harmony’s hits on our bathroom floor reminiscing Fifth Harmony’s melodic success, as Jauregui tells Playboy about her time with the group. (Because Jauregui can be a member of the group and a fan of it.)
Jauregui tells Playboy, “We tried our best to be ourselves, [but] we were also adolescents, so you have to think about who you were at that age and being thrown in front of cameras. When you’re really disconnected from who you are and you’re ashamed of it, you can write and tell a story, but you can never really tell your story.” Even before we all became Harmonizers, all the members of Fifth Harmony were super young and just finding out who they were as individuals. As Playboy adds, Jauregui was only 16 years old when she joined the group.
If you’re somehow unfamiliar with how Fifth Harmony became a reigning women-led troop, Vulture reports that all five members met on the second season of the American X Factor. Initially, they all auditioned as solo artists, but the show’s producers matched them all into a group (obviously dubbed Fifth Harmony). While re-watching their journey through X Factor is making our eyes leak, it’s quite fitting that the members would revert to their solo careers.
Playboy notes that Jauregui has also collaborated with Marian Hill, in “Back to Me,” as well as in Ty Dolla $ign’s “In Your Phone.” Which, TBH, could have foreshadowed her maybe-permanent solo musical tenure. According to People, Jauregui also dabbled in her hit single “All Night” back in Nov. 2017—shortly after her duet with Marian Hill. Nevertheless, it seems like Lauren Jauregui is looking forward to her future ventures.
The Miami-born singer, who tells Playboy that she doesn’t want to note-cast into one genre, says, “It’s definitely different than my work with Fifth Harmony. It’s me.” Understandably so, because working in a girl gang is a group effort—plus, different is good.
Regardless of where Jauregui’s harmonic path takes her, we know we’re going to be bopping along to all her hits.
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