Lauren Jauregui isn’t sure exactly what will come with her solo career, but she’s excited about the infinite possibilities — and about not having boundaries. The former Fifth Harmony songstress opened up about the next chapter of her life in a candid interview with Playboy magazine.
"To be real, I don't want to give myself boundaries," she teased, revealing electronica, pop, rock ‘n roll, alt-rock and Cuban music are currently influencing her. "It's definitely different than my work with Fifth Harmony. It's me."
The singer, now 21, was only 16 when Fifth Harmony was formed.
“We tried our best to be ourselves, [but] we were also adolescents, so you have to think about who you were at that age and being thrown in front of cameras,” she recalled. “When you’re really disconnected from who you are and you’re ashamed of it, you can write and tell a story, but you can never really tell your story. That’s what separates a lot of artists from others — the connection."
Fifth Harmony — Jauregui, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, Ally Brooke and Camila Cabello, who quit the band to go solo in December 2016 — was first formed in 2012 during season 2 of The X Factor. The band announced on March 19 that they’d be going their separate ways.
“After six years going hard, non-stop, we also realized that in order to stay authentic to ourselves and to you, we do need to take some time, for now, to go on hiatus from Fifth Harmony in order to pursue solo endeavors,” the statement read at the time. “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."
"To our Harmonizers, thank you for everything we have been able to build as Fifty Harmony. With your love and encouragement we will continue to build on ourselves, support one another in everything we do, and keep making you proud, each other proud and ourselves proud," the message concluded.
Lauren has worked solo with the likes of Steve Aoki and Ty Dolla $ign.