Camila Cabello And Her Mother Traveled From Cuba to America with Just A Single Backpack and Each Other
Started from the bottom and now she’s here.
“Every time my mom tells me the story of leaving Cuba, I learn more,” Camila Cabello told Glamour magazine.
During an emotional yet inspiring interview, the former Fifth Harmony member and her mother Sinuhe reminisce about their long journey from Cuba to America.
“We flew from Cuba to Mexico, and went by bus to the American border; it took a month,” Sinuhe told the magazine. “We left everyone behind, my friends, my family. My fear was that my husband wouldn’t [ever] be able to come.”
Before X Factor and Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello was a little girl with big dreams. The 20-year-old singer revealed that she “was very introverted as a kid.”
“In Cuba there were days in class where we would just watch cartoons. We weren’t learning. But when I came to the U.S., it was like: homework. A lot of things were suddenly so different—being at a new school without my friends, I didn’t speak the language, and I missed my dad,” Cabello said. “I had a little Disney calendar I would mark with x’s until the day he was supposed to come. When he finally did, a year and a half later, I was so happy!”
“I started bringing my CDs to the YMCA after school; I’d ask for the boom box and go play my music in the corner and people would come over. And I created a little YouTube channel doing covers—I must have posted 50. Even though I’d be like, “Oh my God, this is so bad,” music was the thing I was passionate enough about to get over being shy. After seeing a One Direction “tips on auditioning for The X Factor (USA)” video, I asked Mom if I could audition.”
The competition was Cabello’s big break. She along with Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, Dinah Jane and Ally Brooke, formed Fifth Harmony.
Cabello left the group to pursue her solo career last December.
“I have never met someone who can confront her fears in the way she does,” Sinuhe said. "I can tell she’s terrified, but she doesn't stop. She always asks me, 'Do you think everybody knows [I'm scared]?' And I'm like, 'No, nobody can tell.'"
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