Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei Quits Twitter Over ‘Racist Bullying’

Normani Kordei is taking a break from Twitter.

The Fifth Harmony singer announced on Saturday (Aug. 6, 2016) that she has decided to take a step back from the social networking website after being “racially abused.” She explained that trolls had been sending her abuse online, and she had enough of dealing with “horrific” comments.

Here’s her the lengthy Twitter statement:

I am taking a break from Twitter for now. Over the past four years of being in the public eye I’ve learned to grow a thick skin to critics and those who may not like me. 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. I’m not the first black female celebrity to deal with this and I’m sure I won’t be the last. 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 doesn’t make you cool, it makes you a coward!

She ended the note by saying she has “nothing but love for everyone” and hopes that she can lead by example. Shortly following Kordei’s announcement, Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello tweeted a message of support.

Kordei isn’t the first black female in the public eye to be bashed on Twitter over the color of their skin. Last month, Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones quit the social network after she was also attacked by a group of racist Internet trolls.