Fifth Harmony Opens Up About Life After Camila Cabello’s Departure

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Fifth Harmony has faced more than a few obstacles following the exit of Camila Cabello in December 2016, but the remaining members are stronger than ever. The girls can be seen on the cover of the September/October 2017 issue of Seventeen magazine where they talk about sticking together, self-confidence and what’s to come for the pop group.

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The group’s third album — and first as a foursome — drops August 25. At this point in time, the remaining members, Lauren Jauregui, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane Hansen and Ally Brooke Hernandez, are totally ready for the new chapter in their lives.

“We’re focusing on this new era,” Ally said, “We’ve had some highs and some very, very sad lows, but together we’re writing our new narrative.”

Their lows include more than the departure of the 20-year-old, though.

Normani explained, “I’ve struggled with self-confidence in a different way than the other girls in the sense that I’m the only black girl in the group. It’s a problem that so many little girls — whether they’re African-American, Latin, whatever — can’t identify with what they see. Hopefully I can be a source of light. I feel like I have the power to influence a whole generation, which is overwhelming at times but also such a beautiful thing.”

Lauren, who came out as bisexual shortly after Trump’s election, also knows what it’s like to be discriminated against, but refuses to let close-minded people bring her down.

“You can’t use the fact that I’m bisexual against me if that’s something I’m proud of,” she said. “I feel motivated more than scared to share who I am because it makes me feel awesome when someone comes up to me and says that because of me she was able to find the strength to accept herself.”

The women are are able to make it through their lows, NMW, because they’re in it together.

“It’s so beautiful having four women on the same page. There’s nothing we can’t get through together,” the former Dancing With the Stars contestant concluded.

Hopefully the current harmony (lol) of the group equates to one killer album, the full track list of which was released earlier this morning.

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The end of August can’t come soon enough!