12 things you didn’t know about Camila Cabello
Staff writer - March 19, 2018

12 things you didn’t know about Camila Cabello

Including a VERY embarrassing story about her school crush...
Camila Cabello

As we wait patiently for Camila Cabello’s rescheduled UK tour (we’re not being all that patient to be honest) we did a bit of digging and pulled out a few facts about the ‘Havana’ singer that might surprise you.

Here’s 12 Camila Cabello facts you might not know including how she learned English, what she would want to be if she wasn’t a singer and what she thinks of the former president who says he’s a big fan…

1. Camila is a bookworm and a HUGE Harry Potter fan


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The singer loves JK Rowling’s fantasy series and has even dressed up as a Hogwarts student. But her favourite book of all time is ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak.

2. She plays guitar and writes a lot of her own music


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Camila Cabello isn’t just an amazing singer, she plays the guitar too! The star has uploaded several videos of her playing covers of her favourite songs, as well as acoustic versions of her own tracks.

3. Her ‘X Factor’ performance was her first ever


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Yep. Camila Cabello’s audition for TV talent show 'The X Factor' was the first time she sang in front of people (she performed ‘Respect’ by Aretha Franklin, but it wasn’t aired due to the show not being able to secure the rights).

4. The Cuban singer learned English by watching cartoons


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Camila didn’t speak English when she moved to Florida as a child.

When asked by her teacher if she could speak English, she said that she could. Instead of taking language classes, she quickly picked it up from watching cartoons.

5. Camila is actually her middle name


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Camila Cabello is one of the most well-known names in music right now, but it’s actually not the singer’s real name. Her full name is Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao.

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6. Taylor Swift threw her an 18th birthday party


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Camila Cabello and Taylor Swift are the best of friends (they have been on tour together in the UK in 2018).

In fact, Taylor went as far as to throw Camila a lavish 18th birthday party, complete with celebrity guests including Hailee Steinfeld and Selena Gomez.

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7. Camila dreams of working in a cafe


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The mega-successful singer - whose debut album ‘Camila’ went platinum - fancies herself as a barista.

Camila told the Daily Star, “I have this dream of meeting someone in a coffee shop, and falling in love with them and talking to them every day.

“And they only come to the coffee shop to get my coffee but it’s not because my coffee’s good. It’s because they like me.”

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8. She doesn’t know how to drive a car


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A flash car is usually top of the list when you have the kind of success that Camila Cabello’s having right now. But the star doesn’t even have a licence!

She told Sound Exchange, “I haven't had the time! I'm also way too clumsy and distracted to drive a car. I think… at least for now."

9. She imagines people on the toilet to control her nerves


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You know how some people might suggest a nervous public speaker imagine the audience in their underwear to relieve anxiety? Camila Cabello takes it to the next level by imagining them "pooping".

She told the Elvis Duran Show, “Seriously. I have started to do that more and more often and it works. We’re all human!”

10. She, er... broke wind in front of her school crush


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Camila Cabello made a rather embarrassing confession to Bop! Magazine, claiming she once got so nervous when the boy she had a crush on in fourth grade sat next to her that she farted.

The ‘She Love Control’ singer said, “I panicked and blamed it on the chair I was sitting on, saying, ‘Oh that was the chair!’ My friend totally called me out, ‘No it wasn’t, you farted’. It was really embarrassing.”

11. Barack Obama is a big fan


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The former president of the United States claims ‘Havana’ was one of his favourite songs of 2017.

Camila promptly flipped out about it on Twitter with all caps and zero punctuation, “I CANT BELIEVE OBAMA SAID HAVANA WAS ONE OF HIS FAVORITE SONGS OF THE YEAR I AM REALLY CRYING OH MY GOD DONT LOOK AT ME”

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12. She didn’t get picked for her school choir


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Despite having a number one album, Camila Cabello was not always considered a singing sensation. When the star auditioned for her school choir, she got nervous and forgot the words.

She said, "But I made it the next year. Perseverance, people!"

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