Fifth Harmony has announced a shock split six years after forming on The X Factor .
The American girl band, who lost founding member Camila Cabello in December 2016 when she quit, announced their decision to go ‘on hiatus’ in a tweeted statement today.
The statement read: “Reflecting on the past six years since we started on X-Factor, we’ve realized just how far we’ve come and we appreciate everything so much, more now than ever.
“We’ve really had one hell of a memorable journey together and can’t begin to express our gratitude to y’all for coming along with us on this wild ride!”
It went on: “After six years going hard, non stop, we also realized that in order to stay authentic to ourselves and to you, we do need to take some time for now to go on a hiatus from Fifth Harmony in order to pursue solo endeavors.
“We are all very excited and grateful to be able to take this time to learn and grow creatively and really find our footing as individuals. In doing this we are allowing ourselves to gain new experiences, strengths and perspectives that we can bring back to our Fifth Harmony family.”
The band added: “To our Harmonizers, thank you for everything we have been able to build as Fifth Harmony. With your love and encouragement we will continue to build on ourselves, support one another in everything we do, and keep making you proud, each other proud and ourselves proud.
“We do have some upcoming shows through the end of the year which will still happen as planned, and we can’t wait! All our love from the bottom of our hearts, Dinah Jane, Lauren, Normani and Ally xoxoxo.”
Camila Cabello, who had formed Fifth Harmony on the 2012 version of The X Factor US, left the group 15 months ago under a cloud and immediately launched her solo career with debut single Bad Things.
At the time, the rest of the band released a stiff statement claiming Camila hadn’t told them personally that she was leaving.
“After 4 and a half years of being together, we have been informed via her representatives that Camila has decided to leave Fifth Harmony. We wish her well,” the note said.
Camila angrily hit back with her own personal statement, insisting the other four girls were well aware of her unhappiness.
“I was shocked to read the statement the Fifth Harmony account posted without my knowing. The girls were aware of my feelings through the long, much needed conversations about the future that we had during tour,” she wrote at the time.
“Saying that they were just informed through my representatives that I was ‘leaving the group’ is simply not true.
“Next year I will be working on my own music and giving you a big chunk of my heart. To our amazing fans, I will always be so thankful for the opportunities being in this group has given to me…I am following my heart. I hope to see you on my journey.”
Just last month there were rumours that Fifth Harmony were on the verge of splitting amid claims their record label Epic wanted to focus on Camila’s success as a solo artist.
It was reported that Epic was “fed up” with remaining girls Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui making diva demands.
A music source told The Sun: “Things haven’t been the same since Camila’s departure and everyone has run out of patience with Fifth Harmony.
“Basically, the band feel their label is prioritising Camila and have become hard work behind the scenes.
“They’ve watched how much effort and money has gone into Camila’s career and feel they’ve been used to catapult her into solo stardom.
“Her album received more backing than their last project and they know their days at Epic are numbered.”