A FEW months after Camila Cabello’s “racist” Tumblr posts resurfaced, fellow Fifth Harmony alum Normani is opening up about how badly she was “hurt” by them.
The Motivation singer, 23, came clean about her feelings in her cover story for the newest issue of Rolling Stone.
Normani spoke with Rolling Stone about how much Camila Cabello’s ‘racist’ posts ‘hurt’ her Credit: Getty – Contributor
Two years after Fifth Harmony disbanded — and about three since Camila left the girl group — Normani told the magazine just how much she “struggled” with the racist bullying she dealt with from fans and how Camila’s posts didn’t help.
She explained: “I struggled with talking about this because I didn’t want it to be a part of my narrative, but I am a black woman, who is a part of an entire generation that has a similar story.
“I face senseless attacks daily, as does the rest of my community. It would be dishonest if I said that this particular scenario didn’t hurt me.”
Fans slammed Camila in December after old social media posts of hers featuring anti-black slurs and scenarios were resurfaced on Twitter.
After her posts resurfaced in December, Camila issued an apology Credit: Dan Charity – The Sun
Normani’s interview is part of her Rolling Stone cover story Credit: Rolling Stone
It was only then that she issued an apology.
Of the situation, Normani continued: “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.
“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.
“Whether or not it was her intention, this made me feel like I was second to the relationship that she had with her fans.”
Both women got their start as part of the girl group Fifth Harmony Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Camila left the group in 2016 before it fully disbanded in 2018 Credit: AFP or licensors
Camila reportedly used variations of the N-word in Tumblr posts from 2012 and 2013, under the username vous-etess belle, and reblogged various memes various ractist and xenophobic jokes.
She apologized on social media, writing: “When I was younger, I used language that I’m deeply ashamed of and will regret forever.
“I was uneducated and ignorant and once I became aware of the history and the weight and true meaning behind this horrible and hurtful language, I was deeply embarrassed I ever used it.”
She continued: “Those mistakes don’t represent the person I am or a person I’ve ever been.
Camila posted her apology on social media after the backlash Credit: Twitter
“I only stand and have ever stood for love and inclusivity, and my heart has never, even then, had any ounce of hate or divisiveness … I apologize again from the bottom of my heart.”
The one takeaway Normani wants everyone to have from this is a “genuine understanding about why this was absolutely unacceptable.”