Why Fifth Harmony's "Hiatus" Doesn't Surprise Me

This morning I woke up to the news that Dinah Jane, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui and Ali Brooke from Fifth Harmony had announced they were going on hiatus, and to be completely honest, I wasn’t at all surprised. Since Camila Cabello’s departure at the end of 2016 I’ve been wondering how much longer they could hold on without her.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the group was only something with Camilla, I mean, she definitely always came across as the “leader” but they still were great without her.

But just look at One Direction for reference. Even though Zayn wasn’t the “leader” (that was more Harry Styles), they couldn’t continue for much longer without him. It’s as if once the first person calls it quits it gives the rest of the member’s confidence to admit that they need a break too. It’s like an unspoken wish.

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And then they call it a “hiatus” that’s another thing. At least Fifth Harmony have made out it’s “indefinitely” whereas One Direction promised they’d return within a year….that was over two years ago now!

The signs have been there for a while. When Camila left she said it came down to not being able to explore both a solo and group career. She had released a few singles including I Know What You Did Last Summer with Shawn Mendes while the rest of the group had nothing else to their name.

Following in her footsteps, the last few months have seen the remaining four do the same. After competing on Dancing With The Stars in 2017, Normani went on to release her single Love Lies with Khalid last month. Dinah Jane released Boom Boom with RedOne, Daddy Yankee and French Montana in October, with Ali dropping Perfect with Topic in January. In the same month Lauren also released her single All Night with Steve Aoki.

As for Camila, she’s killing her solo career with her debut album Camila going to number one and she’s now getting ready to go on a world tour with Taylor Swift.

Taking to Twitter to first announce the news, the post read: “Reflecting on the past six years since we started on X-Factor, we’ve realised just how far we’ve come and we appreciate everything so much, more than ever.”

Continuing on, the note said that they’d be going on hiatus to further their solo careers.

“We are all very grateful to be able to take this time to learn and grow creatively and really find our footing as individuals. In doing this we are allowing ourselves to gain new experiences, strengths and perspectives that we bring to our Fifth Harmony family.”