During Monday’s (April 18) appearance on James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke, Camila Cabello, 25, revealed that she auditioned for the X Factor in 2012 in hopes that former One Directioner Harry Styles, 28, would fall in love with her.
“I was 15, I was a huge One Direction fan. I was like, ‘The Voice? X Factor? Well, One Direction will be at X Factor,'” the “Psychofreak” singer told the host. “‘I don’t know if they’ll be at The Voice, so let me audition for X Factor.’ Literally, this is really embarrassing, and I can only say this because obviously, that was like, 10 years ago, but I literally was like, ‘I’m auditioning for X Factor because I will marry Harry Styles. Like, I will.’ I really believed that at the time.”
The “Psychofreak” singer didn’t really believe it would end in marriage, but she was hopeful in meeting Styles. “I didn’t think we were gonna get married, but I was gonna audition for X Factor, we’re gonna meet, I’m gonna become a singer and we’ll probably fall in love.”
Though Camila’s 15-year-old wish never came true, her audition changed her life forever. Per E! News, in 2012, she traveled to North Carolina to audition for the hit talent show only to be told by producers that she couldn’t. Simon Cowell saw Camila crying backstage during his cigarette break and offered her a chance to perform in front of him and the other judges. The audition landed her and four other women—Normani, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke and Dinah Jane—in a group that was later named Fifth Harmony. The rest is, of course, history: The women signed with a major record label and created several hits, including “Work From Home” and “Worth It.” Camila left the group in 2016 to pursue a solo career, with her hit “Havana” becoming the best-selling single of 2018. She and James kicked off their carpool karaoke session with the song.
Watch Camila on Carpool Karaoke below: