By Will Robinson
December 19, 2016 at 07:18 PM EST
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Fifth Harmony have spoken out again about Camila Cabello’s surprising departure, posting a lengthy and emotional message on Twitter late Monday.

“We know you are hurt and confused, we are too. We know you want answers. And you deserve them, as you are just as much a part of this group as the four of us are,” the pop group wrote on Twitter. “The last thing we want to do is engage in a battle of we said, she said, but we’ve let our story play out in press and on social media for too long. So to our Harmonizers, who we care so deeply about, we want you to hear everything from us, unedited, not manipulated, just us, to you.”

The group went on to describe their efforts to work with Cabello, including setting up group meetings and group counseling, but said Cabello was a no-show. “After months of rejection from her and her team, these supposed lengthy conversations in fact never happened, although we pleaded,” they wrote. “We have tried with exhausted efforts and hearts to keep this group alive as the five of us, and we want it to be very clear that unfortunately those efforts were not mutual.”

They called on fans to be optimistic and supportive as they move forward as a foursome. “We were truly hurt. We’ve been together for almost five years, been through ups and downs,” they wrote. “We truly support anyone’s decision to do what makes them happy and to that end we do wish Camila all the best although saddened by the way she and her team handled the situation. To watch Camila walk away from this special world we’ve built with you is touch but we will move forward together.

The music world was stunned late Sunday night when Fifth Harmony announced Cabello’s departure from the group via a Twitter post, adding they were informed by the 19-year-old’s representative of her move. Fifth Harmony plans to stay together with its other four members: Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, and Lauren Jauregui.

Cabello responded, saying she was “shocked” by their post and arguing that “the girls were aware of my feelings through the long, much-needed conversations about the future that we had during tour.”

The group assembled in 2012 and saw massive success this year with their single “Work From Home,” which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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