Camila Cabello

Last updated on 14 November 2017

Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao (/kəˈmiˈlə/ /kəˈbeɪoʊ/; born March 3, 1997)[1][2] is a Cuban–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, her collaborations "I Know What You Did Last Summer" with Shawn Mendes and "Bad Things" with Machine Gun Kelly, entered the top 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100, with the latter reaching No. 4. "Havana", the lead single from her upcoming debut studio album, has reached the top 10 in a number of countries and became Cabello's first No. 1 in Canada, Ireland and the UK.

Camila Cabello
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Camila Cabello in 2013
Background information
Birth name Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao
Born (1997-03-03) March 3, 1997
Cojímar, Eastern Havana, Cuba
Origin Miami, Florida, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2012–present
Associated acts Fifth Harmony

Early life

Cabello was born in Cojimar, Eastern Havana, Cuba,[3][4][5] to Sinuhe Estrabao and Alejandro Cabello. She is Mexican-Cuban. 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.[3] She attended Miami Palmetto High School but left in the 2012–13 school year, when she was in 9th grade, to pursue her singing career.[6]


2012–2016: The X Factor and Fifth Harmony

Camila Cabello auditioned for The X Factor in Greensboro, North Carolina.[7] She auditioned with Aretha Franklin's Respect, however, her audition was not aired because the TV show didn't get the rights for the song. After elimination during the "bootcamp" portion of the process in Miami, Florida, Cabello was called back to the stage along with Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, and Dinah Jane to form the girl group that would later become known as Fifth Harmony.[8] 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.[9][10]

The group released the EP Better Together (2013) along with the studio albums Reflection (2015) and 7/27 (2016), which generated singles such as "Worth It" and "Work from Home".[11] From 2013 through the end of 2016, Cabello performed in various Fifth Harmony tours.

On December 18, 2016, the group announced Cabello's departure.[12][13][14] She appeared in a previously taped performance with the group on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.[15] Writing about Cabello's time on the group, Billboard's Shirley Halperin noted it is "rather uncommon for someone to stand out in a collective as much as Cabello has over the past years," also mentioning how her activity on social media and close interaction with her audience helped her potential as a breakout act.[16]

2016–present: Solo career

In November 2015, Cabello collaborated with Canadian singer Shawn Mendes on a duet titled "I Know What You Did Last Summer", a song they wrote together.[17][18] The single charted at number 20 in the US and 18 in Canada,[19] and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[20] On October 14, 2016, American rapper Machine Gun Kelly released a joint single with Cabello called "Bad Things",[21] which reached a peak of number four on the US Billboard Hot 100.[22] Cabello was included on Time's "The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2016" list.[23]

On January 25, 2017, "Love Incredible", a collaboration with Norwegian DJ Cashmere Cat, leaked online.[24] The official version of the song was released on February 16, and later featured on Cashmere Cat's debut studio album, 9.[25] Cabello recorded "Hey Ma" 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.[26] The English version of the song was released on April 6, 2017.[27] The singer was also featured on a collaboration with Major Lazer, Travis Scott and Quavo, for the song "Know No Better".[28]

In May 2017, Cabello announced the future release of her first studio album titled The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving. and 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."[29] Her first solo single "Crying in the Club" was released on May 19, 2017.[30] Cabello performed the song for the first time at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards the same month.[31] She joined Bruno Mars' 24K Magic World Tour as an opening act for several of its dates. The singer also partnered with clothing brand Guess as the face for their 2017 Fall campaign.[32] Cabello confirmed her debut album will be released in 2018, declaring, "at this point I have so many songs I'm passionate about," while new writing and recording sessions where influenced by the success of her single "Havana".[33] The single, which music video stars Cabello playing different characters, has peaked at number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 so far.[34]


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.[35] In June 2016, Cabello, producer Benny Blanco, and members of the nonprofit arts organization OMG Everywhere helped to create the charity single "Power in Me".[36]

Cabello has also partnered with the Children's Health Fund, a non-profit dedicated to providing healthcare to low-income children.[37]

In late 2017, Cabello joined Lin-Manuel Miranda and multiple other Latin artists on the song "Almost Like Praying" to benefit those in Puerto Rico who were affected by Hurricane Maria.[38]

Awards and nominations

Among her awards, Cabello has won an MTV Europe Music Award, three iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards, and the Billboard Women in Music award for Breakthrough Artist.



Opening act


Year Title Role Notes
The X Factor U.S. Herself Contestant: season 2
Guest: 1 episode in season 3
2014 Faking It Herself Episode: "The Ecstasy and the Agony"
2015 Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse Herself Episode: "Sisters' Fun Day"
2016 The Ride Herself Episode: Fifth Harmony: The Ride
Immigration Rights Herself Total Registration Live, MTV


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  19. ^ "I Know What You Did Last Summer" chart positions
  20. ^ "Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America. January 29, 2015. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
  21. ^ "Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello Team Up for 'Bad Things' Single: Exclusive Cover Art". Billboard. October 11, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  22. ^ "Migos Return to No. 1 on Hot 100, The Chainsmokers Debut in Top 10". Billboard. January 23, 2017. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  23. ^ Time Staff (October 19, 2016). "The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2016". Time.
  24. ^ "Camila Cabello's 'Love Incredible' Collab With Cashmere Cat Has Leaked". Retrieved February 17, 2017.
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  27. ^ Lawrence, Derek (April 7, 2017). "Fate of the Furious: Pitbull, Camila Cabello debut video for English version of 'Hey Ma'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  28. ^ "Listen To Major Lazer's New Single "Know No Better" Featuring Travis Scott, Quavo & Camila Cabello". Complex. June 1, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  29. ^ Iasimone, Ashley (May 14, 2017). "Camila Cabello Announces 'The Hurting, the Healing, the Loving' Album & New Song 'I Have Questions'". Billboard. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  30. ^ "Camila Cabello Drops Steamy Video for Debut Solo Singles, 'Crying in the Club' & 'I Have Questions'". Billboard. May 19, 2017. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
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  32. ^ Karsen, Shira (May 31, 2017). "Camila Cabello is the Newest Face of Guess: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved June 3, 2017.
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  35. ^ "Camila Cabello Designs Limited-Edition Love Only T-shirt Benefitting Save the Children".
  36. ^ Billboard Staff. "Watch Fifth Harmony's Camila Cabello, Benny Blanco & Six Kids Create Music With Random Instruments".
  37. ^ "Take Health into Your Hands This Holiday Season".
  38. ^ Villafañe, Veronica. "Lin-Manuel Miranda Releases Star-Studded 'Almost Like Praying' Song For Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-10-10.

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