Camila Cabello is on the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone.
In the extensive profile, the 21-year-old talks about being a Cuban immigrant in America, her friendship with fellow pop star Taylor Swift, as well as her decision to leave girl group Fifth Harmony.
The “Havana” singer said that she was first introduced to Swift through their mutual friend Hailee Steinfeld.
Cabello, who was going through her first breakup at the time, had a new friend in Swift. “She sent me a breakup playlist and said, ‘Come over. Let’s talk about it,'” Cabello said. “I think the Haim girls were there. It was, like, a girls-night thing.”
She also kept Swift’s advice to “just write it out” as she worked on her solo album.
On the decision to go solo in 2016 after four years with Fifth Harmony, Cabello said it had nothing to do with becoming the group’s biggest star.
“I don’t think there was ever a point where I was like, I want to leave because I’m the breakout star,” she explained. “We were just really young. If we were in the same situation now, it would probably be fine for everyone to make their own music while being in the group because I think everyone understands now that you can’t limit people. That’s why people break free.
“It was as painful as a breakup, a five-year breakup,” Cabello added.