During an interview on Becky G’s podcast En La Sala, Lauren Jauregui opened up about her time in Fifth Harmony, and some of the struggles she faced with the fandom. There was always a lot of commentary around Lauren and Camila Cabello’s relationship, that led Jauregui to feel uncomfortable.
The artist shared, “people thought Camila and I were into each other, and that made me so uncomfortable. Like disgustingly so uncomfortable, because I was queer, but she was not. It made me feel like a predator, essentially.” Lauren adds, “It made me feel like a predator because of the type of clips people would put together, the type of stories people would write, and the type of stuff, I was always the aggressor, and I was always the one turning her. I was always the one who was like the ‘masculine’ energy in the scenario, and it made me very uncomfortable because that’s not how I identify. That’s not to say that that’s wrong to identify with that.”
Jauregui has had to explain that she had a friendship with Camila, and just because she identifies as queer it doesn’t mean she ever had that type of “connection” with Cabello. “We respected each other. When each other would talk, we would look at each other. We had love for each other, like genuine friendship,” Lauren says.
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Finally, Jauregui also adds, “In the Latinx culture, growing up, I was very affectionate with all of my friends.” But from the bizarre and unfair media commentary she was receiving, Lauren became very aware of all of her actions with her friends and would “hyper-analyze every connection that I have with a girl because I don’t want them to feel like I’m looking at them that way.”