*Normani Kordei of the pop group Fifth Harmony decided to leave Twitter Saturday night after racist trolls infiltrated her feed.
“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 cyberbullied, I’ve been racially cyberbullied with tweets and pictures so horrific and racially charged that I can’t subject myself any longer to the hate,” she wrote.
The 20-year-old singer continued, “I’m not the first black female celebrity to deal with this and [I] 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!”
“I have nothing but love for everyone, even my haters and I hope I can lead by example. I also want to thank Twitter for immediately jumping into action when they were alerted to the situation. I love you all!” she ended the lengthy note.
To my fans: pic.twitter.com/7yICp10G5Z
— Normani Kordei (@NormaniKordei) August 7, 2016
According to Page Six, the trolling stemmed from a recent interview in which Kordei described bandmate Camila Cabello as “quirky and cute” after speaking more extensively about the rest of the group members.
Cabello, 19, came to Kordei’s defense, tweeting, “i stand by the words ‘love only,’ meaning I won’t tolerate on my timeline any kind of hate, racism, or discrimination towards ANYONE. period. You don’t have to hate on somebody else to support me- I don’t appreciate it and it’s not what I’m about … Be kind or move on.”
Before dropping Twitter, Kordei also shared this…
— Normani Kordei (@NormaniKordei) August 5, 2016