Fifth Harmony's Normani Kordei Deletes Twitter Amid Racist Cyberbullying

"I can't subject myself any longer to the hate," singer wrote

By McKenna Aiello Aug 07, 2016 6:53 PMTags
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Normani Kordei is fighting back against Internet trolls. 

In an emotional statement posted to her Twitter account on Saturday evening, the Fifth Harmony singer revealed she is taking a step back from Twitter as a result of cyberbullying. 

"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."

Days ago, Kordei was forced to address haters accusing her of shading bandmate Camila Cabello by intentionally taking too long to say anything nice or substantial about the 19-year-old singer in a recent interview.

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After the mean tweets rolled in, Kordei tackled the drama head on. "I would like to address an issue that has been completely blown out of proportion," the "All in My Head" singer wrote on Twitter early Friday. "It is a shame that after four years together as a group I have to address foolishness manufactured by those that have absolutely no idea what goes on. I have shown nothing but commitment for the success of Fifth Harmony even promoting on my days off but yet I always find myself as the target of unjust hate and slander. It's just not right." 

The 20-year-old's latest revelation continued, "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!"

"I have nothing but love for everyone, even my haters and I hope I can lead by example," Kordei concluded. "I also want to thank Twitter for immediately jumping into action when they were alerted to the situation. I love you all!"

Shortly after Normani announced her sudden departure from the social media app, Cabello chimed in with her own words of support. 

"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," Cabello wrote. "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."

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