Coming to America? Yes, it was so worth it for Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello.
The Cuba born, Miami raised recording artist penned an essay about her experience as an immigrant for PopSugar.com.
The 19 year old begins the article titled “Our Dreams Were Bigger Than Our Fears” with:
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“A bus. The yellow lighting of the gas station against the dark hours of midnight. Fast asleep. Silence. My head slumped over my mom’s shoulder. A Winnie the Pooh journal. These are the things I remember when I think of when my mom and I immigrated to America.”
She was nearly 7, and she goes on to express her confusion as a child not understanding the scope of the situation or the emotional strain — her father stayed behind, though he would join them about a year later.
“With a couple hundred dollars, the clothes on our backs, no family in the United States, and no clue of what was going to happen next, that's exactly what we did. Like my mom said, ‘I don't know where I’m going, but I can’t stay here.’ And that was enough.”
Her mother, an architect, explained to the little girl that the family was packing up to go to Disney World.
“That day, I knew if I thought about it, fear would make me turn back. That’s why when you’re afraid, you force yourself to jump. You don't think, you just jump.”
Cabello wrote the personal story in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, through Oct. 15.