In just under a year after leaving Fifth HarmonyCamila Cabello managed to become one of 2017's most exciting rising pop stars with the Young Thug-featuring "Havana" peaking at No. 2 on the Hot 100 and a hotly anticipated debut album on the way. Lately she's all about living in the moment and steering clear from the drama—particularly Fifth Harmony-related drama. She gave a vague postmortem on her time with the group in a recent Rolling Stone interview.

"A lot of my fans were, or are, fans of the group," she said. "I don't like to ruin the dream. They believed in something that's beautiful. I'm sure with One Direction, too, nobody really saw behind the scenes. You just see the dream." Cabello was reluctant to give up much else about what really went down leading up to her departure from the group, and she hasn't pointed to a particular reason since she left in Dec. 2016. Of course, One Direction split before Cabello in back in 2015.

Her forthcoming album, self-titled Camila, went through its own metamorphosis as the year went on, she says. "Then the more I got into the year, it just was better. I felt way happier. I feel that it has a good balance of the emo and the happy." Until the official release of Camila on January 12, take a glimpse at Cabello's journey to success in her video for "Never Be the Same."