10 Things You Didn’t Know About Camila Cabello

Things You Didn't Know About Camila Cabello

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Camila Cabello was born in Havana, Cuba, March 3, 1997 to to Sinuhe Estrabao and Alejandro Cabello after their family fled Fidel Castro’s regime. She moved around a lot as a young child but spent most of her time between Havana, Mexico City, and Miami before settling down in Miami at the age of 10. Once in Miami, Camila enrolled in acting school and continued to excel at singing. At 15 years old, she auditioned for the X Factor without her parents’ consent and ended up being one of the top 24 contestants by the time she turned 16. After becoming a finalist on the show with Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello opted to stay with 5H to pursue a solo career, which is when her life started taking off.

Camila Cabello’s first single as a solo artist, “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” was released on September 29, 2015, and shortly afterward, it reached #44 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. While that success is great for a new artist like her, that isn’t even the best part about it – this song marked Camila’s first release as an independent artist without any record label backing her up. Seeing her succeed with only the support of fans and friends around her was undoubtedly inspiring.

Camila Cabello was picked as Elvis Duran’s Artist of the Month and was featured on NBC’s Today show hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford & Hoda Kotb and broadcasted live from Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on November 3, 2016, where she performed live versions of “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “Bad Things.”

As the lead singer from a third studio album, Familia, Camila Cabello released “Don’t Go yet “on July 23, 2021. To know more about this star, keep reading 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Camila Cabello:

# 1 – Her Real Name isn’t Camila Cabello:

Camila Cabello is a Cuban-born singer, songwriter, and actress. She first became recognized in the United States for her role on “The Chicas Project,” which aired for two seasons. Her real name isn’t Camilla Cabello; that’s her stage name. If she had to pick an English name, she chose Camila because it means “one who is loved” and comes from Hebrew origin, making it no surprise that her fans adore her.

# 2 – Camila’s 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 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. Not only is this impressive in its own right, but it proves how determined Camila Cabello must have been to make a name for herself in an industry where many drops out before even finishing their secondary education.

# 3 – She is Very Charitable:

Camila Cabello 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.

# 4 – Camila is Obsessed with Bows:

Camila Cabello can’t get enough bows and has been obsessed with wearing them ever since she was little. She told Seventeen magazine that she likes buying new ones so often because they “change your outfit in a way that can’t be explained.”

# 5 – She Couldn’t Speak a Word of English:

Born to Cuban parents, Camila Cabello thought she was destined for life as an international singer following in the footsteps of her idol, Beyoncé. However, life wasn’t that easy when she moved to Miami with her family at just six years old and didn’t speak a word of English. Despite this major setback, she continued to vocal lessons and had practice every day. Eventually, her hard work paid off when she could sing in English at the tender age of 15.

# 6 – Camila is a Vegan:

Camila Cabello became vegan when she was 16 years old after watching “Forks Over Knives,” a documentary about plant-based diets and their benefits for human health. She became vegan as a result of this documentary and has never looked back.

# 7 – Camila Fan-Girls Her Favorite Celebs:

Camila Cabello looks up to some pretty big celebrities such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Madonna, and Adele. She was lucky enough to work with Dolly Parton on her “Dumplin” soundtrack and even got the chance to meet Cher. She told People magazine that she gets starstruck very easily because everyone Camila Cabello admires is talented and successful.

# 8 – She Writes A Lot of Her Music:

While living in Miami at 16 years old, Camila Cabello began writing songs with local producers who had heard about her talent from friends. After working on songs with them for several months, she was able to join a girl group called “Fifth Harmony.” After working on their music with the producers for two years, they caught the eye of Simon Cowell. He signed them to his record label, and they were soon traveling all over Europe performing at shows.

While in Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello co-wrote four songs that ended up being successful singles: “Sledgehammer” by Fifth Harmony, “Bad Things” by Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello, “I Know What You Did Last Summer” by Ross Lynch & Maia Mitchell (for the movie of the same name), and “All In My Head (Flex)” by Fifth Harmony ft. Fetty Wap & the rapper’s music video for “All In My Head (Flex)” had choreography done by Derek Hough.

# 9 – Camila has an Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder:

Camila Cabello revealed in an interview with Glamour magazine that she was diagnosed with the obsessive-compulsive disorder when she was 16 years old. Still, her family only began to notice it while living in Miami, Florida. She had a lot of trouble sharing rooms due to being afraid of catching germs from other people, and things that would bother others did not affect her. 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.

# 10 – Camila’s a Huge Family Girl:

Camila Cabello’s family consists of her mom, dad, and little sister Sofia whom she adores more than anything in the world. She told Seventeen Magazine that her parents didn’t have much money while growing up, but they found creative ways to make it work for them throughout the years. The one thing she misses most about living in Miami is seeing her family every day.


Camila Cabello is an international sensation with a fresh, new sound and message. She has come to define the current pop music landscape by breaking down barriers between genres and cultures. Her soulful voice, paired with her Latin roots, will wow fans for decades to come.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Camila Cabello article published on Classic RockHistory.com© 2021

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