Camila Cabello crowns a year of solo success with a coveted Rolling Stone cover.
The 21-year-old shooting star appears a front of the magazine’s latest issue; and while she makes for an arresting sight, her feature within the publication’s inner-pages is equally as compelling.
While celebrating racking up a billion streams of her music, she also recounts more challenging times – including her acrimonious split from Fifth Harmony and the pre-release drama surrounding break-out hit ‘Havana.’
On 5H Drama:
“It was as painful as a breakup, a five-year breakup.
There were so many songs that didn’t make my album that were just me getting it out” she says, echoing advice that Swift has given her to “just write it out.” Somewhere along the way she changed the title from the laborious The Hurting, the Healing, the Loving to simply Camila. That was, after all, who and what it was about. It was a good new beginning.
On ‘Havana’ Almost Not Happening:
“Nobody wanted to make it a single. They said that radio would never play it, that it was too slow, too chill.” Cabello pushed back, and “Havana” went on to top the charts in 23 countries. “It just taught me a huge lesson: Screw whatever’s ‘going to work’ – you just have to go with the thing that you feel is the most you.”
Camila’s solo ascend has definitely been interesting to watch.
Say what folk will, but there’s no denying that her team are making all the right moves so far.
The true test, though, will come with time, with the primary question being whether she can maintain and grow this momentum into something enduring – specifically on the album, and touring fronts.