Singer leaves Fifth Harmony, (parts of) Twitter in discord

Commentary: Tragedy, despair and hope spread across some social media accounts with news that Camila Cabello is leaving the pop group formed on "The X-Factor."

Chris Matyszczyk
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We live during a time in which harmony is being disrupted from more directions than one.

The things that we thought were certain are no longer so. The spirit of togetherness in which at least 14 people in San Francisco still believe is being crushed by dark forces.

Please imagine, therefore, the hurricane that descended upon Twitter when it was announced that Camila Cabello is leaving Fifth Harmony.

Should you have maintained your sanity and maturity through recent times, you may not know that Fifth Harmony is an all-girl pop group that was conveniently assembled for the long-gone tragedy known as "The X-Factor."

On Sunday evening, immediately after all five members had created beautiful togetherness in Miami, the group's Twitter account was adorned with a scorned announcement.

It began: "After four and a half years of being together, we have been informed by her representatives that Camila has decided to leave Fifth Harmony." There had, reported Billboard, been tensions within the harmony.

Naturally, there was Twitterized pain.

"Please tell us this is a joke," tweeted 5H Colombia, with the anguish of a hardened pencil piercing her heart.


It's hard to know whether she was a member of the Literalt-right or the Literalt-leftbehind.

Jeanie tried to soothe them: "Am I too positive but camila leaving means they can finally fit into James corden's car and carpool karaoke. #FourthHarmony."

Even more difficult than the pain, I fear, is the what happens now. The group's fourth-right tweet said that they will continue on. Just the four of them.

Perhaps this is why 76,000 people retweeted the tweet and 123,000 liked it.

But then Cabello turned to her own Twitter account, in some wonder. Her tweeted statement on Monday has already achieved more than 65,000 retweets and 105,000 likes.

Its essence (my translation) was: "Pull the other one, girls. You knew I was leaving. Enough with that 'we've just found out nonsense." She is following her heart, apparently.

But can what remains still be Fifth Harmony with only four of them? Won't this be a constant reminder of what was lost?

Optimists will surely point to the fact that Maroon 5 now enjoys six members. Pessimists will huff that six is more than five, while four is less than five.

I will leave you to ponder that as so many things are disrupted in the world, the issues that matter to some revolve around who will entertain them when it all goes down the toilet.