Lauren Jauregui has officially launched into solo stardom, releasing her first single "Expectations".
Yeah... it's a bop.
Lauren spoke to PEOPLE about her new path, and more specifically how being without Fifth Harmony has been.
She said, “When [Fifth Harmony] ended, I was like, ‘Wow, I’m free.’ And that kind of set off this whole inspiration in me that hadn’t been there before to write. I wasn’t inspired.”
Now, she's more inspired than ever. “I’m personally connected to myself emotionally, if I feel blocked or stifled or I’m not being myself or I can’t be myself, then I can’t create,” she said. “I actually thought that I couldn’t create anymore, which is the craziest part. That’s how off I was, you feel me?”
But despite the girls parting ways, she still credits the band for all her inspiration going solo.
“I was in Thailand when we spoke on the phone and decided that we were moving forward individually,” she said. “We had a respectful conversation; it was really beautiful. We all just kind of understood. It was so amazing. That feeling of, it’s all good and we’re good — it opened my heart up to my creativity again. I just felt inspired by everything around me, and I was like, ‘I need to get in a studio. Why am I not writing?'”
With her new single, it's apparent the direction she is going with her music, and we're so here for it.
Lauren told the mag, “Everyone tells you what it’s [music] supposed to mean to you. Especially being in a group: ‘This is what’s gonna sell you.’ But, nah! I know me. I’m gonna sell me because I’m gonna be me. But I don’t even want to sell me! I just want people to receive me. That’s my goal, more than anything.”