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Ally Brooke says she was filled with ‘so much abuse’ in Fifth Harmony


Ally Brooke is glad she survived Fifth Harmony.

Brooke and singers Camila Cabello, Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui, and Normani teamed up for the show in 2012. After each had unsuccessfully competed on TV’s The X Factor. They released three studio albums. They all reached the Billboard Top 10. Camilla Cabello left the group in 2016. Moreover, they also toured the world before calling it quits in 2018.

The Ally Brooke Show

She recently made a debut episode of her podcast – The Ally Brooke Show. Here is what she said about Fifth Harmony:

“I hate saying this, you know, my time in Fifth Harmony … And I did not enjoy it. I did not love it. It was hard because there was so much going on. So much behind-the-scenes. So much toxicity. And So much abuse. So much abuse of power. So much mental abuse. Verbal abuse. It is just horrible, and to me, it is a shame, because we were so big. I should have enjoyed myself more.”

Furthermore she went ahead to say:

“And, again, I wanna just tell the fans that … I am so proud to have been there. I am so thankful for Fifth Harmony, it changed my life. And I got to see the world, meet people who completely changed my life and my world and the direction of my career path and all that, and I got to meet so many amazing friends … but it is kind of a weird balance. It is a balance of being grateful but also being OK with the fact that things were not OK for me in that. And I took a lot, me personally. It was traumatizing, and some things I’m comfortable sharing, and I am comfortable talking about, but some things I’m still not yet ready.”

Moreover so, Ally Brooke felt that it is okay to share untold secrets of what happened. For example, that the young women in the group were forced to compete for parts in their songs. In fact, the group members would not know who had won until a song came out. Ally said, “It was embarrassing,”. In addition to that, she stated that she was crushed “many, many, many times.”

Later on, Ally Brook acknowledged a moment where she was seeking help because the group was “going through a lot” and “breaking behind the scenes.”

“The person that I asked for advice, he tried to take advantage of me. I show up to a meeting with him, and he gives me a freaking thong, which is very inappropriate, because … I know what he was trying to do there.” Brooke said.

Several times, Brooke said that looking back at her stint with Fifth Harmony is painful.

“I will look at a music video and all I will remember is how I felt that day, how I felt so insecure or I felt let down or I felt like I was not good enough, and people around me told me that I wasn’t good enough, I wasn’t cool enough, I wasn’t valued, nobody cared about me. It was awful.”

Since the group broke up, Brooke has released several songs, competed on Dancing With the Stars, and penned a memoir, Finding Your Harmony. She is also at work on a solo album. 

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