Camila Cabello is the American Sweetheart 2018 needs

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08:  Camila Cabello performs at Z100's Jingle Ball 2017 on December 8, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

During the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards in August, Camila Cabello was subject to some serious shade from her old band mates Fifth Harmony — both literal and figurative.

Although the girl group had been reduced to a quartet when Cabello quit the band eight months earlier, they lined up to perform their hit “Angel” with a fifth silhouette clearly visible onstage. Once the song’s beat kicked in, the darkened figure dramatically fell backwards. It was a stunt that was widely interpreted to be a diss towards Cabello, who releases her debut solo album, “Camila,” on Friday.

The two parties had been giving differing accounts of the split in the months prior to the awards: Fifth Harmony claimed they only found out about Cabello leaving via her management, but in a response on Instagram, Cabello said that was “simply not true.” She also told Billboard: “I was always super open [that] I couldn’t just sing other people’s words [in Fifth Harmony songs] and be totally happy with that.”

It could have been the next big pop beef, but as Elvis Duran, host of Z100’s “Morning Show,” tells The Post, Cabello always strives to take the high road. “She didn’t come out and bad-mouth anyone, or throw any punches — that’s not really what she’s about,” he says.

Instead of stoking the fire, the 20-year-old put all her efforts into launching her solo career, and it’s working. Less than a month after the VMAs, Cabello released “Havana” featuring Young Thug — a salsa-tinged pop track that currently sits at No. 2 on the Billboard Charts, and is a bigger hit than she ever had in Fifth Harmony.

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