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We cannot pretend to know what she’s going through as she processes her next steps, but thanks to an interview she did with Lena Dunham for Lenny Letter — an interview that was finally released on Tuesday, January 10th — we’re beginning to get a slight idea of why she left the group in the first place.

“Especially with being a girl group, there’s been a lot of times where people have tried to sexualize us to just get more attention,” she told Dunham. “Unfortunately, sex sells. There’s definitely been times where there’s stuff that I have not been comfortable with and I’ve had to put my foot down.”

Cabello went on to say there’s “nothing wrong with showing sexuality” — listing Rihanna as a favorite “sexy” artist — but that for her, being forced to grow into her body and her sexuality in the public eye with 5H could be tremendously difficult. (She joined the group when she auditioned for the second season of The X Factor, eventually being rejected as a solo artist but placed in the band, at the age of 15.)

Cabello also told Dunham that, in the midst of all of this sexualization and the rift in her band, staying off social media was “the best decision I’ve taken in my career.” She added that it’s kept her “grounded,” and able to focus on things that matters — like, for example, being an advocate for the Latinx community in Trump’s America.

“As far as the Latina thing, I feel like this has kind of been a crazy year for us because of everything that happened with the election. I didn’t even realize how much racism was still prominent in our country,” Cabello said, adding that growing up in a multicultural Miami shielded her from a lot of the racism Latinos are facing in other parts of the country.

Her eyes are open now, though — and she feels more politically motivated than ever to stop the hate.

As sad as we are that Cabello is gone from Fifth Harmony, if learning about activism and speaking out for women and her community is her “job” now, we are totally, 100 percent on board — and excited to see what she’s going to do next.