Camila was born in Cojimar, Eastern Havana, Cuba to a Cuban mother and Mexican father. The Cuban fishing village Cojimar was the setting for Ernest Hemingway's novel The Old Man and The Sea.
She was born Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao, but her family always called her Camila.
Her great great grandfather Proculo fought alongside Emiliano Zapata during the early 1900s in the Mexican Revolution.
For most of her early life, Camila and her family moved back and forth between Havana and Mexico City. When she was 7-years-old her mom told her they were going to Disney World. In reality they were moving to Miami, Florida, for a better life. Camila got her promised visit to Disney World the following year.
When she first arrived in Miami, Camilla was shy and couldn't speak English. Instead, she tried to make friends by blasting pop tunes on a boombox. "That was my way of communicating," she recalled to Rolling Stone. "My grandma always said that I had this really strong inner world."
Camila Cabello auditioned for 2012 series of The X Factor in Greensboro, North Carolina. After being eliminated during the bootcamp stage of the competition she was called back along with four other girls who had failed to get to the Judges' House stage. Simon Cowell decided that Camilla, Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, and Dinah Jane were too special to let go, so he put them together into a group named Fifth Harmony. After finishing in third place on the show they signed a joint deal with Syco Music, owned by Cowell, and Epic Records, L.A. Reid's record label.
The experience forced the timid Cabello out of her shell. "I was super shy, very introverted, kind of a wimp, didn't really go out much," Cabello recalled to NPR's Michel Martin. "I was always in my own little bubble and then suddenly I was, like, singing on national television every week. It was like a boot camp for all of us. It's very intense."
Cabello had never hidden from the other girls her desire to pursue other projects, and during her time with Fifth Harmony she participated in collaborations with Shawn Mendes ("I Know What You Did Last Summer
") and Machine Gun Kelly ("Bad Things
"). Her departure from Fifth Harmony to pursue a solo career was announced on December 18, 2016.
"It became clear that it was not possible to do solo stuff and be in the group at the same time," Cabello explained to the New York Times
. "If anyone wants to explore their individuality, it's not right for people to tell you no."
Asked about her weirdest possession by Buzzfeed, Cabello replied: "When I was in my former group, we each had to pick a cover to sing, and I picked Ed Sheeran's 'Lego House
'. So we did the cover of the song, and he tweeted us, 'incredible'. And then a fan framed me his tweet. I have it in my room".
Camila is a vegan. She revealed her abstinence from animal products in a 2018 interview with The New York Times after ordering a kale salad.
Camila Cabello has been officially diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Speaking in Cosmopolitan UK's June 2018 issue, she revealed:
"OCD is weird. I laugh about it now. Everybody has different ways of handling stress. And, for me, if I get really stressed about something, I'll start to have the same thought over and over again, and no matter how many times I get to the resolution, I feel like something bad is about to happen if I don't keep thinking about it."
Camila Cabello likes to watch Disney and Harry Potter movies in her free time. During odd moments she also likes to add inspirational poems and quotes to her private Pinterest board.
You may have noticed that Camila Cabello never swears in her songs. This is because she is always thinking of her younger sister, Sofia. Cabello remembers being her age and how much the G-rated Taylor Swift meant to her. "I definitely don't feel like I have to super alter my personality to feel like I'm a good example for younger girls, but at the same time, I am conscious of it," she said. "I haven't sworn in any of my songs."
Camila Cabello went to Palmetto High School in Miami. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos attended the same school 30 years earlier.