Camila Cabello Wants To Make A Love Song For Immigrants

Camila Cabello will tap into her rich heritage as well as her journey when she was six-years-old from Cuba to America as the theme in her first solo album.


Cabello’s mother Sinuhe Estrabao spoke with Glamour about their lives as immigrants in the US during these dark times. “Right now I’m in the process of writing about our whole journey,” she said.

“I want to make a love song for immigrants. That word, immigrant, has such a negative connotation — I can just imagine all the little girls who have dreams of coming here and feel unwanted. It inspires me in my music to do my best to give [them] the light that I have. I want to be what people think of when they think of America — a person who, no matter what her first language was or what her religion is, can see her dreams come to life if she works hard enough.”

Cabello talks about what brought her daughter to the x-factor stage as well as her writing process. The former Fifth Harmony member and her mum recall their journey to America flying from Cuba to Mexico and travelling to the border by bus with only a backpack of belongings. Although it took a while they built a life slowly in Miami and her father was able to join them a year and a half later.

Cabello, although an introvert began showing an early interest in singing and dancing. She remembers practising routines at the YMCA after school. When she saw the One Direction video ‘tips on auditioning for the X Factor (USA)’ she asked her mum if she could try out. “She was so shy we didn’t believe she would be able to do it. But I told my husband, ‘She wants to go to an audition. Let’s go,’ said Estrabao.

It was a nerve-wracking experience as it was Cabello’s first time singing in front of an audience. It launched her career. “I think the most important thing I’ve learned from my mum has been: You’re human if you have fear, but you can’t ever let it determine how hard you go at a situation,” said Cabello. “If anything, it should make you go harder — go for it all the way.”