Normani Opens Up About Camila Cabello’s Past Use Of Racial Slurs
Camila Cabello recently had to apologize for a series of racially insensitive Tumblr posts that resurfaced online, but Fifth Harmony fans already knew that Camila had a complicated past with use of the n-word. Years ago, while Camila was still in the girl group with Ally Brooke, Lauren Jauregui, Dinah Jane, and Normani Kordei (now known simply as ‘Normani’), Facebook messages leaked that were allegedly from Camila Cabello’s account and showed her calling the rest of 5H n-words, including a friend saying that Normani is “actually” one.
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 the true meaning behind this horrible and hurtful language, I was deeply embarrassed I ever used it. I apologized then and I apologize again now,” Camila wrote in December, shortly after her second studio album, Romance dropped. Normani did not speak out about the controversy — she didn’t even hint towards her feelings about it until now.
During an interview with Rolling Stone, Normani’s dad says his daughter is “still scarred” from racist online abuse from Fifth Harmony fans — and Normani divulged that it took Camila quite a while to condemn her fans who were sending Normani hateful messages and images.
“It took days for [Camila] 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,” Normani told Rolling Stone. Elsewhere, she said, “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 really hope that an important lesson was learned in this. 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.”