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Camila Cabello’s Immigrant Parents Always Told Her “Ponte Las Pilas”

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Camila Cabello recently published an essay on POPSUGAR to document her immigration experience, sharing a story that many Latinos can relate to — though hers, clearly, has a happy ending. The Cuban-Mexican-American singer reveals what it was like leaving her home country for new and promising opportunities in the United States.

You might recognize Camila Cabello from the hottest girl pop group Fifth Harmony.

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She is adorable, funny, and arguably the most famous and recognizable member of the girl group. *cue angry tweets from the other girls’ fans*

But for Hispanic Heritage Month, Cabello wants for the world to know about her family’s sacrifices to give her the life she enjoys here in the U.S.

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CREDIT: Credit: cabellogifs / Tumblr

According to Cabello’s essay published on POPSUGAR, the journey to the U.S. started when Cabello was just 7 years old. As a young child, she spent her time traveling between Havana, Cuba — where her mother lived and where Cabello was born —  and her father’s hometown of Mexico City, Mexico.

Cabello says she now realizes that her parents must have been terrified to leave their lives behind to make it in the U.S.

After arriving in Miami, Cabello’s parents worked odd jobs and struggled to make ends meet. Her mother worked at a Marshall’s and her father washed cars outside of Dolphin Mall.


“But we kept moving on up,” Cabello wrote. “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.”

And, like your parents, Cabello’s parents instilled the importance of education.


“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,'” Cabello wrote in her essay.

And, though she thought her parents gave everything up, she has realized that they brought everything with them.


“My grandma still makes pork and rice and beans every holiday like she did, and my mom still feels the waves of the malecón in her heartbeat because she still feels the most at peace when she’s by the sea,” Cabello wrote. “My grandma and dad still get drunk and sing Luis Miguel in the kitchen.”

You can check out the full essay on POPSUGAR by clicking here.


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Yasiel Puig Threw A Ball That Knocked Out A Fan's Tooth, So He Apologized

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Yasiel Puig Threw A Ball That Knocked Out A Fan’s Tooth, So He Apologized

This is Alyssa Gerharter.

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Earlier this week, the hardcore L.A. Dodgers fan was watching her team defeat the New York Yankees 8-2. After the game was over, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig threw a ball at the section where Gerharter was sitting. Everyone jumped at the chance to grab a souvenir, but…

…when the ball reached the scrum, it ended up hitting Gerharter’s mouth, knocking out one of her teeth. She ended up in the E.R. to get treatment.


Gerharter told The New York Daily News: “I saw it was coming at me and registered that it was coming at me, and I felt it hit me. It wasn’t so much painful as it was shock. So I felt it hit me and I could feel immediately with my tongue there’s a hole. And I looked down at my hand and saw there’s a tooth in my hand.”

Gerharter later realized she was making headlines across the country.

But she kept her sense of humor about the whole thing…

And thanked the Internet for being cool about it.

Gerharter didn’t let the injury faze her. She was back to watch the Dodgers two days later.

But she was hoping that the game didn’t end with another trip to the E.R.


Luckily for Gerharter, the game ended without incident.

Yasiel Puig, who heard about his inadvertent dental work, decided to make it up to Gerharter.


Puig met up with Gerharter, signing a baseball for her and posing for a few photos after the game.

“Had to make sure my friend was ok after she was hit with a ball,” wrote Puig on Twitter.


Gerharter made a banner with the phrase “#PUIGMYTOOTH,” a play on the Cuban pelotero’s catchphrase/hashtag “#PuigYourFriend.”

They each deserve a tip of the cap: Gerharter for taking it all in stride, and Puig for showing he truly appreciates his fans.

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