Normani (left) received a lot of online abuse after being accused of being unkind to bandmate Camila Cabello (right) by supposedly not being quick enough to praise her in a recent interview.
In the Facebook live interview with Galore, which took place last week, Normani was asked to describe her bandmates’ best qualities. She compared bandmates Ally Brooke to “sunshine,” Dinah Jane the “turn up queen” and said Lauren Jauregui was like a “therapist.” When asked about Camila Cabello? Normani said “She is…let’s see. Camila. Very quirky. Yeah, Very quirky. Cute.”
It didn’t take long for haters to turn on Normani, accusing her of shading Cabello by intentionally taking too long to say anything nice or substantial about her.
In the emotional statement posted to her Twitter account, Normani revealed she is taking a step back from Twitter as a result of cyber-bullying, she wrote:
“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,” she wrote. “I’ve never been one to deny anyone of their opinions, but over the course of this last week and especially over the last 48 hours I’ve not just been cyber bullied, I’ve been racially cyberbullied with tweets and pictures so horrific and racially charged that I can’t subject myself any longer to the hate. I’m not the first black female celebrity to deal with this and I’m sure I won’t be the last. I want to take this moment to say Love goes much further than hate in this world. Hiding behind a computer and putting people down, especially for the color of their skin doesn’t make you cool, it makes you a coward!’
Her 19-year-old bandmate, Camilla, also came to her defence, tweeting:
‘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. 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.’