The four remaining women of 5H kicked off their VMA performance appearing in silhouette with one extra member, before one of them was pulled off the stage, hinting at a not-so-civil exit from Cabello after the jumped ship and left the group.
"It definitely hurt my feelings," she explained to the New York Times in a new profile. "I wasn't expecting it, I wasn't prepared for it —- especially because at that point I'd moved on from it. I was just like, 'What? Why?'"
The Times noted that Cabello's eyes "welled up" as she recalled the moment. After gathering her thoughts, she added, "I have to make space for the good stuff to happen in my life. I don't like holding onto the past, especially when it's stuff that, in my opinion, is just petty."
After the moment went viral, Fifth Harmony explained their interpretation of the performance on "Good Morning America."
"We get asked all the time if we're getting a fifth member and we wanted to show the world in an artistic way that hey, the four of us are Fifth Harmony and we're stronger and better than we've ever been," Ally Brooke said. "Honestly, it was such a monumental moment for us, we were at the VMAs, we had rain, we had splits, a mic drop!"