Sure I'm an outsider to the Fifth Harmony/Camila Cabello break-up, and you can never really know the full behind-the-scenes story, but Cabello's new song "Real Friends" has the now four member group written all over it.
For those who don't know about the drama, here's a quick history lesson.
Fifth Harmony has supplied us with catchy hits like "Worth It," and "Work from Home" in the past, but the group's success clearly wasn't enough to hold the glue. Last year, Cabello posted an extensive tweet detailing her split from 5H. From the tweet alone, it's clear there was some discord and things didn't end on an exactly positive note. Yet the "Havana" hitmaker has sorta moved on and is making a name for herself in the music world.
There are too many parallels here between this direct statement and "Real Friends." Let's summarize some important points.
1. The Miscommunication
In both "Real Friends," and Cabello's tweet, there is a running theme of miscommunication and breaking of trust. Her tweet states, "I was shocked to read the statement the fifth harmony account posted without my knowing. The girls were aware of my feelings through the long, much needed conversations about the future that we had during tour. Saying that they were just informed through my representatives that i was 'leaving the group' is simply not true." In the song, she sings, "I thought that I could trust you, never mind / Why all the switching sides? Where do I draw the line? / I guess I'm too naive to read the signs." Wow, there are major similarities here. Honestly, it sounds like she just reworded her tweet to these lyrics.
2. The Transformation
This song's trajectory follows people who she thought were real friends...but then she learned otherwise. "I'm just lookin' for some real friends / All they ever do is let me down / Every time I let somebody in / Then I find out what they're all about." Ya hear that, 5H? She let y'all in, and then she found out what you're all about!
3. The Timeliness Of It All
This is Cabello's breakout year, and she's probably poured a lot of her recent experiences into her songs. The Fifth Harmony split had to have had a huge impact on her life and her music. Maybe if this song came out 10 years from now, I'd question otherwise (who knows maybe in 10 years she'll reunite with Fifth Harmony and they'll be actual "real friends"?). I mean, why wouldn't she write about this right now?
Now, can you really deny that "Real Friends" is about Fifth Harmony? I know, you know, she knows, they know... We all know. But hey, it's a hit!
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