Pop singer Camila Cabello spoke with Lena Dunham just before her final show with Fifth Harmony for a special episode of the Girls creator’s Women of the Hour episode and an interview in Lenny Letter. Cabello and Dunham talked about Cabello’s development as a songwriter and artist, the dark side of fandom and Cabello’s discomfort with the sexualization of the band.
Cabello’s interview was part of a bonus episode attached to the “Noise” edition of Dunham’s podcast, which featured interviews with Charli XCX, Lizzo, Tinashe, and more about the music industry and “boys’ club” of music production and writing that many have encountered. Longer interviews with Cabello were published as a bonus episode of the “Noise” show and as interview in Dunham’s Lenny Letter.
“Unfortunately, sex sells,” the 19-year-old said. “There’s definitely been times when there’s stuff that I have not been comfortable with and I’ve had to put my foot down. There’s nothing wrong with showing sexuality. If you have that inside, it’s just an expression of who you are. If you want to share that with people, that’s amazing.”
For Cabello, her discomfort stemmed from being so young and having to experience getting more comfortable with her sexuality in front of the whole world. Between Cabello explaining her journey to The X-Factor, Dunham praised the young singer’s decision to forge her own path.