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Fifth Harmony Say They Were ‘Truly Hurt’ By Camila Cabello’s Decision To Leave

‘We have tried with exhausted efforts and hearts to keep this group alive as the five of us’

The rift between Camila Cabello and her former bandmates in Fifth Harmony grows deeper.

After Camila told her side of the story via Twitter Monday afternoon (December 19), the official Fifth Harmony account posted another extensive statement following up on the announcement of her departure. In the new statement, the group say that they tried everything to keep Camila onboard with 5H, to no avail.

The second statement also asserts that since November the whole group knew Camila would be leaving on December 18, the last day she was contractually obligated to perform with Fifth Harmony.

“Over the past several months we have consistently made every effort to sit down and discuss the future of Fifth Harmony with Camila,” the statement says. “We called for group meetings which she refused, we asked L.A. Reid and the label to step in and try to set meetings, which again, she refused. We even went as far as group counseling which she did not show up to. So no, after months of rejection from her and her team, these supposed lengthy conversations in fact never happened, although we pleaded. We have tried with exhausted efforts and hearts to keep this group alive as the five of us, and we want it to be very clear that unfortunately those efforts were not mutual.”

Then, in mid-November, Camila's management reportedly dropped the bomb that she'd be leaving as soon as she could. “We were truly hurt,” the group wrote. “We've been together for almost five years, been through ups and downs.”

The statement, signed by the four remaining members of Fifth Harmony, ended on a positive note, however. “We wish only good things for all. Onward and upward.”