Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei Quits Twitter: “I’ve Been Racially Cyber Bullied”

Fifth Harmony star Normani Kordei waved goodbye to Twitter Saturday (August 6) after hitting her limit with racially charged tweets. The 7/27 singer says while she has learned to take criticism over the course of her four-year career which kicked off on The X Factor USA, she can no longer tolerate the disrespect aimed in her direction as the sole African American member of her group.

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Before taking her hiatus, the singer opened up about her ongoing situation in an open letter to fans. “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 cyber bullied with tweets and pictures so horrific and racially charged that [I] can’t subject myself any longer to the hate.”

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Normani also acknowledged that like Leslie Jones before her, “I’m not the first black female celebrity to deal with this and I’m sure I won’t be the last” before clapping back at Twitter trolls for taking to social media to spread hate-filled messages. “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!”

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Normani’s Fifth Harmony sisters stood by her decision by sharing her message with the rest of their fanbase. Camila, in particular, took to Twitter to condemn fans relying on feud rumors between the two as an opportunity to slander her group mate.

Zendaya also took to Twitter to lift up her industry peer as fans sent their love to the star using the hashtags #WeLoveYouNormani and #IStandWithNormani.

And because she’s not online to respond to the outpour, some fans delivered their message directly to the source.

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