Fifth Harmony put Cabello on blast in December 2016 via a lengthy statement accusing her of ditching their efforts to patch up their relationship. "Over the past several months, we have consistently made every effort to sit down and discuss the future of Fifth Harmony with Camila," the ladies said, via Twitter. "We have spent the past year and a half (since her initial solo endeavor) trying to communicate to her and her team all of the reasons why we felt Fifth Harmony deserved at least one more album of her time, given the success of this past year that we'd all worked so hard for. We called for group meetings which she refused, we asked L.A. Reid and the label to step in and try to set meetings, which again, she refused. We even went as far as group counseling which she did not show up to. So no, after months of rejection from her and her team, these supposed lengthy conversations in fact never happened, although we pleaded. We have tried with exhausted efforts and hearts to keep this group alive as the five of us, and we want it to be very clear that unfortunately those efforts were not mutual."
Multiple reports corroborated that Cabello's bandmates wanted to work everything out, but that she wasn't interested. A source told Entertainment Weekly the group tried to organize several meetings with mediators to no avail. "She wouldn't meet with them," an insider said. "They called [X Factor mentor] L.A. Reid as a last resort…She wouldn't sit down with the group for group therapy." A second source disagreed, claiming, "Camila had multiple meetings with the group in the past, including with intermediaries, however they were unproductive. And more recently she spoke with them on an individual basis."
Another insider told Billboard the rift "[stems from] jealousy" from the other girls and noted that Cabello was game to meet with her bandmates and therapists, but meetings would "historically devolve into a four-against-one scenario…Camila felt that the best way to communicate effectively with her bandmates was one-on-one, which she did during the European tour."