“It’s always kind of scary, especially because for the past six years, Fifth Harmony’s all we’ve ever known,” Kordei, 21, told Entertainment Tonight of going solo. “So, every time we put something out individually, it’s like, ‘Oh shoot! All eyes are on me!'”
On March 19, the remaining members of Fifth Harmony — Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, Dinah Jane and Ally Brooke — announced on social media they would be going on hiatus to “pursue solo ventures.” Previous band mate Camila Cabello, who found success with her breakout solo hit “Havana,” left the group in December 2016.
“We are all very excited and grateful to be able to take this time to learn and grow creatively and really find our footing as individuals. In doing this we are allowing ourselves to gain new experiences, strengths and perspectives that we can bring back to our Fifth Harmony family,” the group, which formed on The X-Factor in 2012, said in a statement on Twitter.
Kordei first briefly struck out on her own in 2017, when she competed — and placed third — on Dancing with the Stars. Then, in February, Kordei released her first track sans 5H: “Love Lies,” a duet with Grammy nominee Khalid that appeared on the Love, Simon soundtrack.
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Another bandmate stepping out of the Fifth Harmony shadow is Lauren Jauregui, who has released collaborations with Halsey (“Strangers”), Steve Aoki (“All Night”) and her boyfriend, rapper Ty Dolla $ign (“In Your Phone”). Jauregui opened up about going solo in a new interview with Playboy.
“Right now, I’m just exploring myself and getting in touch with myself creatively,” she told the magazine. “To be real, I don’t want to give myself boundaries. … It’s definitely different than my work with Fifth Harmony. It’s me.”