Fifth Harmony's Normani Quits Twitter Over Racist Bullying: 'I Can't Subject Myself Any Longer to the Hate'
Fifth Harmony's Normani Kordei announced on Saturday that she's quitting Twitter after years of cyberbullying from internet trolls. "I am taking a break from Twitter for now," she wrote in the lengthy, emotional statement. "Over the past four years of being in the public eye I've learned to grow a thick skin to critics and those who may not like me." The singer said she is not one to deny anybody else their opinions, but the previous 48 hours she claimed to not just be cyberbullied, but also "racially bullied," with tweets and pictures that she described as "so horrific and racially charged that I can't subject myself any longer to the hate."
To my fans: pic.twitter.com/7yICp10G5Z— Normani Kordei (@NormaniKordei) August 7, 2016
Kordei knows she's not the first or last black female celeb to deal with this kind of abuse, but she suggested that "Love goes much further than hate in this world." The heartfelt note came a few days after Kordei was forced to address "unjust hate and slander" from those she said were questioning her commitment to the group and its other members. "I have love and respect for all four of my bandmates whether you choose to believe it or not," she wrote on Thursday.
Thoughts. pic.twitter.com/51aZF7zB2O— Normani Kordei (@NormaniKordei) August 5, 2016
According to E! Online, Kordei was inundated with hateful tweets following a Facebook Live interview last Monday. After describing Ally Brooke as "sunshine," Dinah Jane as the "turn up queen" and Lauren Jauregui as the group "therapist," haters focused on Kordei's answer describing Camila Cabello as "very quirky... yeah," saying it seemed to take Kordei too long to come up with an honorific for Camila.
That lead to the above tweet, in which she also noted, "we learn in life that evil spirits exist and people don't always treat you fairly but you continue to love anyway." Kordei, 20, has not tweeted since saying she was signing off.
Cabello, 19, had nothing but support for Kordei in a series of tweets on Saturday night. "I stand by the words 'love only,' meaning I won't tolerate on my timeline any kind of hate, racism, or discrimination towards ANYONE," she wrote, adding that you don't have to hate on someone to support her.
i stand by the words "love only", meaning I won't tolerate on my timeline any kind of hate, racism, or discrimination towards ANYONE. period— Camila Cabello (@camilacabello97) August 6, 2016
You don't have to hate on somebody else to support me- I don't appreciate it and it's not what I'm about.. Be kind or move on— Camila Cabello (@camilacabello97) August 6, 2016
I never go on rants like that but there's so much cruel stuff going on in the world right now- let's be part of the healing, not the problem— Camila Cabello (@camilacabello97) August 6, 2016
darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.— Camila Cabello (@camilacabello97) August 6, 2016