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Tuesday, March 14, 2017 10:04am ET by  

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Camila Cabello gives interview and is Latina magazine's latest cover star

Camila Cabello is fast on her way to pop superstardom.

The Cuban-American singer has just shot the cover of Latina magazine's upcoming issue, where she sat down for an interview about her past, present, and where she sees herself headed in the future.

Of course, a question that many of the star's fans may still have on their mind is why Cabello decided to leave Fifth Harmony at the end of last year. When approached about it, Cabello responded, “I needed to follow my heart and my artistic vision.”

“I started in the group when I was just 15… I’m grateful for everything we had in Fifth Harmony and for (this new) opportunity. I am less focused on success and more on doing my best and pursuing my artistic vision to the fullest, wherever that takes me. Of course I also hope people will enjoy my music!”

Fortunately for Cabello, that doesn't seem to be an issue, as she has scored a major hit with Machine Gun Kelly, with “Bad Things”.

Cabello also features opposite J. Balvin and Pitbull on the lead single from The Fate of the Furious soundtrack, “Hey Ma.”

The ex-Fifth Harmony member also spoke about her struggle with anxiety. 

She said:

"I had terrible OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), and it was just totally out of control. I would wake up with a super-accelerated heartbeat and really negative, intrusive, compulsive thoughts.

"I was so inside my head, and I didn’t know what was happening. I totally understand now, being in it, why there shouldn’t be such a stigma on mental illness, because it’s a pretty common thing for people. But you can get help. If you’re dedicated to making it better, you can - because I’m in a much better place now. I started reading books about it and it really helped a lot when I understood the (illness), and that (the thoughts I was having) weren’t real. Sometimes you have to remind yourself to slow down and take care of yourself."

Cabello admitted that her mother has kept her grounded throughout all the controvesy. She said:

"I feel like in the industry, there are beautiful, amazing things. But the only thing that I love about this is making music. Everything else can be very empty and very draining, souless."

Latina magazine hits shelves in April and you can read the full interview by clicking ▶︎ here.

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