“My heart would beat really fast the whole day,” said Camila Cabello. “Two hours after I woke up, I’d need a nap because my body was so hyperactive. I was scared of what would happen to me, of the things my brain might tell me. I realized the stuff I thought was important isn’t worth my health. Now I write in a diary every day, work out and meditate.”
Camila wasn’t the only one who had a hard 2015. Lauren Jauregui and Ally Hernandez also had a few lows. Lauren blames the industry itself for their struggles, saying they were sold the idea of “rainbows and butterflies” but once the actual work kicked in, so did reality.
“I was like, ‘What kind of job are we doing?’ I watched my great-grandmother be buried on FaceTime,” Lauren said. She added that she was able to navigate her hardships with the help of her group members. “You guys are the best. You literally saved my life.”
Ally was more tight lipped about her struggles but admitted to dealing with “awful mental health situations” and “pain on a lot of levels.”
The stress the group has felt comes as no surprise to Epic Records chairman and CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid. He, along with fellow X Factor judge and show creator, Simon Cowell, is responsible for selecting each girl to be a member of Fifth Harmony. “They found out in front of a live audience they were going to be an actual band, and now they’re challenged to be creative, be competitive and keep a sense of humor? I’m surprised they haven’t cracked up! They should be nuts by now. I would be.”
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