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,Â which took place last week, Â Normani was asked to describe her bandmatesâ€™ best qualities. She compared bandmatesÂ Ally Brooke to â€œsunshine,â€ Dinah Jane the â€œturn up queenâ€ and said Lauren Jauregui was like a â€œtherapist.â€ When asked about Camila Cabello? Normani said â€œShe isâ€¦letâ€™s see. Camila. Very quirky. Yeah, Very quirky. Cute.â€
It didnâ€™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 theÂ 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:
â€œOver the past four years of being in the public eye Iâ€™ve learned to grow a thick skin to critics and those who may not like me,â€ she wrote. â€œIâ€™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 Iâ€™ve not just been cyber bullied, Iâ€™ve been racially cyberbullied with tweets and pictures so horrific and racially charged that I canâ€™t subject myself any longer to the hate. Iâ€™m not the first black female celebrity to deal with this and Iâ€™m sure I wonâ€™t be the last.Â 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 doesnâ€™t make you cool, it makes you a coward!â€™
Her 19-year-old bandmate, Camilla, also came to her defence, tweeting:
â€˜I stand by the words â€œlove onlyâ€, meaning I wonâ€™t tolerate on my timeline any kind of hate, racism, or discrimination towards ANYONE. period. You donâ€™t have to hate on somebody else to support me- I donâ€™t appreciate it and itâ€™s not what Iâ€™m about.. Be kind or move on.â€™