Normani has officially spoken out about former Fifth Harmony bandmate Camila Cabello‘s use of racial slurs and memes from her verified Tumblr account when she was around 14 years old. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the “Motivation” singer was asked about her reaction to Cabello’s racist social media posts, which she responded to later in a separate email.
In her statement, Normani revealed that her time with Fifth Harmony was negatively impacted by internet trolls who would share racist and downright hateful memes about her online. And though Cabello — and the rest of the 5H — attempted to defend her online through vague tweets and seemingly inspirational quotes on Instagram, they couldn’t really relate to what she was going through . As Normani reflects on this she realizes it was “them [Fifth Harmony] not knowing how to be there for me the way that I needed it because it wasn’t their own experience, and because when they look at me they don’t see me.”
darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.
— camila (@Camila_Cabello) August 6, 2016
In regard to the recently surfaced posts that came from Camila’s old Tumblr, Normani said, “It would be dishonest if I said that this particular scenario didn’t hurt me. It was devastating that this came from a place that was supposed to be a safe haven and a sisterhood, because I knew that if the tables were turned I would defend each of them in a single heartbeat.”
And though Camila did post about the importance of being kind on social media amid the hateful messages being hurled at Normani, she still wishes the “Señorita” singer would’ve spoken out sooner. “It took days for her to acknowledge what I was dealing with online and then years for her to take responsibility for the offensive tweets that recently resurfaced,” Normani told the mag. “Whether or not it was her intention, this made me feel like I was second to the relationship that she had with her fans.”
Despite the poor judgement call, Normani is hopeful that Cabello learned something through the whole ordeal. “I really hope that an important lesson was learned in this,” she said. “I hope there is genuine understanding about why this was absolutely unacceptable. I have spoken what is in my heart and pray this is transparent enough that I never have to speak on it again.”
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