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Camila Cabello: all the facts about the Champions League final concert singer

The Cuban-American singer, born in Cojímar, Cuba, performed before the season finale between Real Madrid and Liverpool in Paris.

The Cuban-American singer, born in Cojímar, Cuba, will perform before the season finale between Real Madrid and Liverpool in Paris.
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Camila Cabello is the artist chosen to star in the opening ceremony of the Champions League final where Real Madrid will seek their fourteenth European Cup, against Klopp’s Liverpool at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. The popular Cuban-American actress and singer will perform some of her most popular songs such as ‘Don’t Go Yet’ and her latest hit ‘Bam Bam’ on which she has collaborated with Ed Sheeran.

The singer-songwriter says she is extremely excited about this new challenge, despite the fact that she doesn’t consider herself a big fan of the sport. “I’m not that much of a football fan, not as much as many of the people who go to watch it, but I do like it, it’s the sport I like to watch the most,” she recently confessed to ‘People’ magazine. “I’m super excited. There’s going to be cute footballers, so it’s a win all round,” she added with a touch of humour. But who is Camila Cabello?

Camila Cabello, from Habana to the States

Camila Cabello has a Cuban mother and a Mexican father. Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao, her real name, was born in Cojímar, a town a few kilometres from Havana, in 1997. She began her musical career as part of the female group Fifth Harmony who she with until 2015, when she launched her solo career with a duet with her former boyfriend, Shawn Mendes, entitled ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’. A year later, Camila released her second single ‘Bad Things’ with American rapper Machine Gun Kelly. Her breakout as a singer came in 2017 with the song ‘Havana’ which quickly hit the top spot on the ‘Billboard Hot 100′ in the US and was number one in Canada, Australia and the UK.

Her first album, entitled ‘Camila’, was released in January 2018 and became a worldwide hit. A pop album influenced by Latin music, it reached the top of the Billboard 200 in the United States and Canada. In 2019, she repeated the experience with Shawn Mendes with the hit ‘Señorita’.

Camila Cabello’s awards

Throughout her career, Camila has received numerous awards and nominations. As a solo artist: a ‘Billboard Music Award’, a ‘Billboard Women in Music’, seven ‘Teen Choice Awards’ and three ‘iHeartRadio Music Video Awards’. In addition, five ‘MTV Europe Music Awards’, two ‘MTV Video Music Awards’, an ‘ARIA Award’ and two ‘Latin Grammys’, among others. In October last year, her song ‘Havana’ was certified diamond by the RIAA, making the singer and songwriter the first Hispanic woman to receive this important distinction.

Cabello hits Hollywood

Camila Cabello is not just a singer. The Cuban-American has also tried her hand at acting. Her Hollywood film debut came in 2021 when she took on the role of the main character in an updated version of ‘Cinderella’, the famous Disney children’s classic. The film features a star studded cast including Billy Porter, Idina Menzel, Minnie Driver, Nicholas Galitzine and Pierce Brosnan.

Cabello’s relationship with Shawn Mendes

Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes announced their split in November 2021 after two years as a couple. Although at first they chose not to reveal the details of this decision, a few months later, the singer gave an interview on Apple Music 1′s ‘New Music Daily’ programme where she spoke about this issue. “My priorities have fluctuated and my focus has changed throughout my life,” she said.


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