Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao (; born March 3, 1997) is a Cuban-born American singer and songwriter. As part of the girl group Fifth Harmony, Cabello and her bandmates released one EP and two studio albums. Her departure from the group was announced in December 2016. As a lead artist, Cabello has released two singles which entered the top 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100: "I Know What You Did Last Summer" with Shawn Mendes and "Bad Things" with Machine Gun Kelly, with the latter reaching number four. In May 2017, Cabello released "Crying in the Club" as the lead single from her forthcoming debut solo album The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving.
Cabello was born in Cojimar, Habana del Este, Cuba to Sinuhe and Alejandro Cabello. For most of her early life, she and her family moved back and forth between Havana and Mexico City, Mexico (her father's native country), before relocating to Miami, Florida at age 5.
2012–2016: The X Factor and Fifth Harmony
Camila Cabello auditioned for The X Factor in Greensboro, North Carolina. After elimination during the "bootcamp" portion of the process in Miami, Florida, Cabello was called back to the stage along with four other female contestants to form the girl group that would later become known as Fifth Harmony. They signed a joint deal with Syco Music, owned by Simon Cowell, and Epic Records, L.A. Reid's record label, after finishing in third place on the show.
The group released the EP Better Together (2013) along with the studio albums Reflection (2015) and 7/27 (2016). From 2013 through the end of 2016, Cabello performed in various Fifth Harmony tours.
On December 18, 2016, the group announced Cabello's departure. She appeared in a previously taped performance with the group on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.
2016–present: Solo career
In November 2015, Cabello released a duet with Canadian singer Shawn Mendes titled "I Know What You Did Last Summer", a song they wrote together. The single charted at number 20 in the US and 18 in Canada, and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). On October 14, 2016, Cabello released a joint single with American rapper Machine Gun Kelly called "Bad Things", which reached a peak of number four on the US Billboard Hot 100. Cabello was included on Time's "The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2016" list.
On January 25, 2017, "Love Incredible", a collaboration with Norwegian DJ Cashmere Cat, leaked online. The official version of the song was released on February 16, 2017. It is featured on Cashmere Cat's debut studio album, 9.
Cabello is featured in "Hey Ma", a collaboration with Pitbull and J Balvin for The Fate of the Furious: The Album. The "Hey Ma" (Spanish Version) single and music video were released on March 10, 2017. The English version of the song was released on April 6, 2017.
Cabello's forthcoming debut solo album The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving is set to be released in September 2017. Cabello posted on social media about the story behind the project, saying: "[The album] is the story of my journey from darkness into light, from a time when I was lost to a time when I found myself again." The album's lead single "Crying in the Club" was released on May 19, 2017. Cabello performed the song for the first time at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards in May 2017. The singer also partnered with clothing brand Guess as the face for their 2017 Fall campaign.
On February 28, 2016, Cabello announced she had partnered with Save the Children to design a limited-edition "Love Only" T-shirt to help raise awareness of issues involving girls' equal access to education, health care and opportunities to succeed. In June 2016, Cabello with producer Benny Blanco and members of the nonprofit arts organization OMG Everywhere, helped to create the charity single "Power in Me".
Cabello has also partnered with the Children's Health Fund, a non-profit dedicated to providing healthcare to low-income children.