While Cabello has always expressed pride over her heritage, her inspirational piece for Pop Sugar goes into great detail about the sacrifices her parents made to give her a better life. The singer also gave a much deserved shout-out to all the hard-working immigrants in our country — take that, Donald Trump!
According to the celeb, she and her Cuban mother made the harrowing trip from her father's native home of Mexico to America by THEMSELVES. In an effort not to scare her, Camila's momma pretended the two were going on a trip to Disney.
The gorgeous gal went on to recall:
"Why were we packing up our stuff? Why was my grandma hugging me tighter than usual? Where were we going? 'We're going to Disney World!' That's what my Mom told me when we were crossing the border. She packed a little backpack with my Winnie the Pooh journal and my doll, and we crossed the border from Mexico to the US, seeing my Dad become an ant in the distance as he stayed behind. Just Disney World. Whenever I have to make a decision now and I'm afraid, my mom always reminds me of that day. '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,' she says to me."
So inspirational! It's true what they say — fortune favors the brave!
Luckily for the 19-year-old, her father was finally able to reunite with their family a year-and-a-half later.
Shortly after his arrival, the poppa got his start washing cars, a position he was eventually able to leave after years of grueling hard work:
"When he first came to the US, he started off washing cars in front of Dolphin Mall in the blistering Miami heat. But we kept moving on up . . . with the Latin community in Miami, helping each other up as we did it. Slowly and slowly my parents kept working and climbing and ended up forming a construction company together named after my sister and I. They always pushed me to focus on my studies because the whole reason we came here was so my sister and I could have better opportunities in life than they did. They said: "Money comes and goes, but your education, lo que tienes aquí (and they would point to my head while saying that), nobody can ever take that away from you."'
The entertainer then went on to add:
"I am so proud to be Cuban-Mexican. This country was built on immigrants. People who were brave enough to start over. How strong we are to leave behind everything we know in hopes of something better. We are not fearless, we just have dreams bigger than our fears. We jump. We run. We swim, we move mountains, we do whatever it takes. And so next time, when anybody wants to tell you they want to build a "wall" on our border, remember behind that wall is struggle, determination, hunger. Behind that wall, could be the next cure for cancer, the next scientist, the next artist, the next drummer, the next anything they work hard enough to become!"
Aww. What a gorgeous sentiment.
Obviously, Camila's story hit home with a lot fans — check out some reactions (below)!