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Born on 3rd March 1997, the 35-years-old, Camila Cabello is a Cuban-American singer, songwriter, actress, voiceover artist, and director who rose to fame as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony which has released albums and tracks like Reflection, Work from Home (featuring Ty Dolla $ign), and Worth It (featuring Kid Ink). With her band "Fifth Harmony", she released her debut EP titled Better Together on October 22, 2013, via Epic and Syco Music. The EP charted at #6 in the U.S. and #18 in New Zealand. She left the Fifth Harmony band in December 2016. She started her career by auditioning for "The X Factor" in Greensboro, North Carolina with Aretha Franklin's "Respect". She has also succeeded as a solo artist and has released popular songs like Havana (featuring Young Thug), Señorita (with Shawn Mendes), My Oh My (featuring DaBaby), and Never Be the Same. She has such a voice that gave the band a "raw edge". In March 2022, Camila and Ed Sheeran teamed up for a new song titled Bam Bam. The song was featured in Camila‘s studio album, Familia, which was later released in April 2022. On May 28, 2022, she performed "Señorita", "Havana", "Bam Bam" and "Don't Go Yet" during the UEFA Champions League Final opening ceremony; however, the performance was booed by the fans.

Here are the 10 Things you didn't know about Camila Cabello.

1. She was born in Cuba 

The "Havana" singer, Camila Cabello was born in Havana, a city in Cuba. She grew up in the town of Cojímar in East Havana. Her father was born in Mexico City and is a Mexican who moved to Cuba. For most of her early life, Cabello and her family moved back and forth between Havana and Mexico City. When Cabello was six years old, she relocated to Miami, Florida, in the United States, with her mother; her father was unable to obtain a visa at the time and joined the family approximately 18 months later. She obtained American citizenship in 2008. Being born in Cuba, she holds both American and Cuban nationality. 

2. Ed Sheeran is a huge inspiration for her 

Ed Sheeran, an English singer-songwriter (who is famous for his songs Thinking Out Loud, Photograph, +, Castle on the Hill, Shape of You, and more) is her huge inspiration in her music industry. In an interview with The Times Of India Entertainment, Camila said "He's incredible at putting love, emotion, and feeling into words. I would love to see him go into a room and watch how he makes his magic." She also recorded the song "South of the Border" with British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and American rapper Cardi B, which was released in July 2019 and reached Number 4 on the UK Singles Chart. On February 21, 2022, Cabello announced her collaboration with Ed Sheeran titled "Bam Bam" would arrive on March 4, 2022. She is inspired to learn how to write songs just like Ed-she really wants to be able to write and sing from the heart and it has been a process that she has fully pushed herself to pursue.

Camila Cabello and Ed Sheeran

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3. She was eliminated from The X Factor

Camila Cabello auditioned for the TV talent competition show The X Factor in Greensboro, North Carolina with Aretha Franklin's "Respect" but the audition was not aired because the series did not get the rights for the song. Later, she got eliminated during Bootcamp but was called back to the stage to form "Fifth Harmony" alongside other contestants Ally Brooke, Normani, Lauren Jauregui, and Dinah Jane. The group finished third in the singing competition show, but they signed a joint record deal with Syco Music and Epic Records shortly after. 

4. She learned to speak English on her own

In an Instagram post she shared she said "On my first day of school, they asked me if I knew how to speak English. I don't know if I misunderstood or was too embarrassed, but I said 'Yea, I speak English.' So I never actually took an ELL class, but I picked up English really easily." When she moved to Miami with her family at just six years old, she didn’t speak a word of English. She then continued to vocal lessons and had practice every day. She learned English when she first moved to Florida by watching TV and cartoons. Eventually, her hard work paid off when she could sing in English at the tender age of 15. 

5. She has been involved with a number of charities

In February 2016, Cabello announced she has partnered with Save the Children to design a limited-edition "Love Only" T-shirt to help raise awareness of issues involving girls' equal access to education, health care, and opportunities to succeed. Cabello, producer Benny Blanco, and members of the nonprofit arts organization OMG Everywhere helped to create the charity single "Power in Me" in June 2016. Further, she has partnered with the Children's Health Fund, a non-profit dedicated to providing health care to low-income families with children. In 2017, she worked with Lin-Manuel Miranda and other artists on the track "Almost Like Praying" to help provide funds for those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. She has been very involved with charity work from a young age, as her mother was a social worker and would bring Camila Cabello along with her to local events. In 2016 she collaborated with MAC Cosmetics on an affordable makeup line for women of color called "Viva Glam". All of the profits were donated to help prevent HIV/AIDS. In November 2018, Cabello became an ambassador for Save the Children. In March 2019, Cabello announced she donated $10,000 to a GoFundMe campaign for a homeless immigrant. In September 2019, Cabello pledged to raise $250,000 for Save the Children organization. In October 2019, Cabello performed at the We Can Survive concert which donates to breast cancer. 

6. Camila is actually her middle name

Camila Cabello is not the real name of this singer. The former Fifth Harmony singer's full name goes by Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao. Thus, Camila is actually her middle name, but she uses it as her "stage" name/alter ego so to speak. "Karla is my first name, Camila is my middle name. Long story short, my family always called me Camila. When I came to school in the United States, I was really, really shy and the teachers started calling me Karla. In my life, I push myself to do a lot of things that make me uncomfortable, and that's how I started dancing. That’s how I feel like I found myself — through Camila and performance and music, as that confident video vixen. They’re both over-exaggerated personas of me," she explained. "I really wanted to show in an exaggerated way, two different sides of me. Camila, which is kind of this performer in me and Karla is who I still am in my essence and who I was growing up: really awkward around boys, doesn't know what the heck to say, is shy and introverted, doesn't really like going out because she just likes to be in her fantasy movie world and that's really me," Camila added.

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7. She doesn't know how to drive a car

Although Camila is 25, she does not know how to drive a car but she is currently taking a driving lesson. She masked up and hopped into a red Honda Fit outside her home to learn the ins and outs of cruising around. Photos captured the "Havana" hitmaker walking to the car in a chic jean dress ensemble. She later took to Instagram to showcase the outfit and her colorful Girlie But Not floral necklace from her passenger seat, along with a series of other snaps. She wanted her license for quite some time now. She told Sound Exchange, "I haven't had the time! I'm also way too clumsy and distracted to drive a car. I think… at least for now."

8. Camila is a High School Dropout

Camila Cabello revealed on "The Breakfast Club" radio show that she dropped out of high school at 17 to pursue her singing career full-time when she moved to Miami, Florida. She further stated that she was self-taught, which meant that it took twice as long to graduate from high school. She did eventually earn her GED, though. When living in Mexico, she attended for a little bit until her family moved to Miami where she continued public school. Around the time she turned 15, that was when her career really started to take off. Due to such a busy schedule, Camila felt that between the 2012-2013 school year it would be best to be homeschooled. So, she decided she didn't want to go to public school anymore, and left in the middle of High School and decided to switch over to homeschooling. She has since graduated. 

9. She has anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Camila revealed in an interview with Glamour magazine that she was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder when she was 16 years old. Her family only began to notice it while living in Miami, Florida. If you ever see Camila Cabello wearing gloves during interviews or events she is supposed to be enjoying; it is because she has a fear of touching doorknobs and other people’s belongings. In an essay published in WSJ magazine, the singer discussed not wanting to come forward about her obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) symptoms. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, OCD is when someone "has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and/or behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over." “I didn’t want to tell you what was going on for the same reason a lot of us don’t want to talk about what it feels like to be at war in our minds and in our bodies. I was embarrassed and ashamed," Cabello wrote. "There was something hurting inside me, and I didn’t have the skill to heal it or handle it. In order to heal it, I had to talk about it," she said. "Denying my suffering and berating myself didn’t help things. I needed to say those three revolutionary words: 'I need help.'" "My anxiety manifested in the form of obsessive-compulsive disorder," she explained. "OCD can take many different forms, and for me it was obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. She said it also affected her physically, not allowing her to sleep for a long time and leaving her with a constant knot in her throat. "I had chronic headaches, and my body went through what felt like multiple roller-coaster rides every day," she said. "I kept going and kept showing up, never letting people around me know how much I was really struggling." Now, however, she says "anxiety and I are good friends."

10. She was the second youngest of the Girl Group "Fifth Harmony"

Camila Cabello is actually the second youngest of the girl group Fifth Harmony after Lauren Jauregui. She was 15 when she started out, but now she is 25. Fifth Harmony is a girl group that was created on X-Factor; it consists of Ally Brooke (28), Lauren Jauregui (25) Normani (26), and Dinah Jane (24)-- while Camila was part of the group from 2012-2016, she is no longer part of Fifth Harmony. Now, she is pursuing her solo career. 

Girl Group, Fifth Harmony

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10 Things you didn’t know about Camila Cabello

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