Normani Kordei of the girl group Fifth Harmony announced that she has decided to take a step back from her Twitter account after experiencing racial cyberbullying. Her social media problems began shortly after rumors of a feud between her and bandmate Camila Cabello emerged.
On Aug. 6, Kordei released a public statement about her recent experiences on Twitter. According to the singer, she had been targeted by cyberbullies for the past few days. She said that some of them even posted racially offensive tweets and images about her.
"Over the course of this 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," she tweeted.
"I'm not the first black female celebrity to deal with this and I'm sure I won't be the last," she continued.
To my fans: pic.twitter.com/7yICp10G5Z
— Normani Kordei (@NormaniKordei) August 7, 2016
According to Mirror, the cyberbullying started after it was rumored that Kordei and Cabello were not getting along. This began after Kordei failed to give a quick response when asked to compliment Cabello during a Facebook Live interview with Galore last week.
Due to the interview and the negative reactions of some of Cabello's fans, Kordei was prompted to release a statement to clarify the issue. She explained that there was no feud between her and Cabello or other members of the band.
Thoughts. pic.twitter.com/51aZF7zB2O — Normani Kordei (@NormaniKordei) August 5, 2016
Following Kordei's decision to quit Twitter, Cabello also issued a statement to defend her bandmate. She maintained that she does not tolerate any kind of hate and racism and doesn't appreciate what the people did to Kordei just to show their support for her.