Fifth Harmony's Normani quits Twitter over racist bullying: 'I can't subject myself any longer to the hate'

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Fifth Harmony's Normani Kordei Quits Twitter over Racist Remarks

Fifth Harmony's Normani Kordei announced on Saturday that she's quitting Twitter after years of cyberbullying from internet trolls. "I am taking a break from Twitter for now," she wrote in the lengthy, emotional statement. "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." The singer said she is not one to deny anybody else their opinions, but the previous 48 hours she claimed to not just be cyberbullied, but also "racially bullied," with tweets and pictures that she described as "so horrific and racially charged that I can't subject myself any longer to the hate."

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Kordei knows she's not the first or last black female celeb to deal with this kind of abuse, but she suggested that "Love goes much further than hate in this world." The heartfelt note came a few days after Kordei was forced to address "unjust hate and slander" from those she said were questioning her commitment to the group and its other members. "I have love and respect for all four of my bandmates whether you choose to believe it or not," she wrote on Thursday.

According to E! Online, Kordei was inundated with hateful tweets following a Facebook Live interview last Monday. After describing Ally Brooke as "sunshine," Dinah Jane as the "turn up queen" and Lauren Jauregui as the group "therapist," haters focused on Kordei's answer describing Camila Cabello as "very quirky... yeah," saying it seemed to take Kordei too long to come up with an honorific for Camila.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 7: Contestant Fifth Harmony performs onstage at FOX's 'The X Factor' Season 2 Top 12 Live Performance Show on November 7, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Contestants Fifth Harmony perform onstage at FOX's 'The X Factor' Season 2 Top 11 Live Performance Show on November 14, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Fifth Harmony onstage at FOX's 'The X Factor' Season 2 Top 10 Live Performance Show on November 21, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 12: Contestant Fifth Harmony performs onstage at FOX's 'The X Factor' Season 2 Top 4 Live Performance Show on December 12, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13: Music group Fifth Harmony attends the FOX 2103 Programming Presentation Post-Party at Wollman Rink in Central Park on May 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 26: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS) Ally Brooke Hernandez, Normani Hamilton, Lauren Jauregui, Dinah Jane Hansen and Camila Cabello pose for a portrait at Hard Rock Cafe on July 26, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 24: (L-R) Camila Cabello, Dinah Jane Hansen, Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei and Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony attend the 2013 Arthur Ashe Kids Day at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 24, 2013 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Dinah Jane Hansen, Normani Kordei Hamilton, Lauren Jauregui, Camila Cabello and Ally Brooke Hernandez of Fifth Harmony perform at iHeartRadio's Nick Radio launch party on October 24, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Clear Channel Media + Entertainment)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: (L-R) Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, Dinah Jane Hansen, Ally Brooke, and Camila Cabello of Fifth Harmony attend 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AMA2013/FilmMagic)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 04: (L-R) Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane Hansen and Camila Cabello of Fifth Harmony performs onstage during Q102Âs Jingle Ball 2013 presented by Bernie Robbins Jewelers, at Wells Fargo Center on December 4, 2013 in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 09: (L-R) Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, Dinah Jane Hansen, Camila Cabello, and Ally Brooke of Fifth Harmony pose in the press room at 103.5 KISS FM's Jingle Ball 2013 at United Center on December 9, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gabriel Grams/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD-CA-JANUARY 23: (L-R) Camila Cabello, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, and Dinah Jane Hansen of Fifth Harmony perform during MTV's 2014 'Artist To Watch' kickoff event at the House Blues January 23, 2014, in West Hollywood, California, (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for MTV)
SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 20: (L-R) Camila Cabello, Normani Kordei, Ally Brooke, Lauren Jauregui and Dinah Jane Hansen of Fifth Harmony pose backstage at the Y 100 Jingle Ball - Show at BB&T Center on December 20, 2013 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Uri Schanker/FilmMagic)
VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 09: Fifth Harmony opens for Demi Lovato 'The Neon Lights Tour' at Rogers Arena on February 9, 2014 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Chin/Getty Images)
WANTAGH, NY - JUNE 01: Fifth Harmony performs during BLI Summer Jam 2014 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on June 1, 2014 in Wantagh, New York. (Photo by Kevin Kane/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 26: Fifth Harmony arrives at the Disney Channel Presents 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui, Dinah Hansen, Camila Caello, Ally Brooke and Normani Hamilton at Pier 78 on July 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Fifth Harmony attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: (L-R) Singers Normani Hamilton, Camila Cabello, Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane Hansen, and Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony accept Artist to Watch for 'Miss Movin' On' onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Fifth Harmony members (L-R) Ally Brooke, Lauren Jauregui, Normani Hamilton, Dinah Jane Hansen and Camila Cabello pose in the press room during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Dinah Jane Hansen, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, Normani Hamilton, and Camila Cabello of Fifth Harmony visit the SiriusXM Studios on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony visits the SiriusXM Studios on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Camila Cabello of Fifth Harmony visits the SiriusXM Studios on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Dinah-Jane Hansen of Fifth Harmony visits the SiriusXM Studios on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Ally Brooke of Fifth Harmony visits the SiriusXM Studios on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Normani Hamilton of Fifth Harmony visits the SiriusXM Studios on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Dinah Jane Hansen, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, and Camila Cabello of Fifth Harmony attend the 2015 Republic Records And Big Machine Label Group Post GRAMMY Celebration at Warwick on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Dinah Jane Hansen, Ally Brooke, Lauren Jauregui, Camila Cabello, and Normani Kordei of Fifth Harmony walk the runway at the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2015 presented by Macy's fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Go Red)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 27: (L-R) Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello, Lauren Jauregui, Dinah-Jane Hansen and Normani Hamilton of Fifth Harmony perform on opening night of 'The Reflection Tour' at The Regency Ballroom on February 27, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 28: (L-R) Singers Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, Dinah-Jane Hansen and Camila Cabello of Fifth Harmony arrive at Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at The Forum on March 28, 2015 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: (L-R) Singers Camila Cabello, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, and Dinah-Jane Hansen of Fifth Harmony attend the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live on NBC from The Shrine Auditorium on March 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
DISNEY CHANNEL PRESENTS THE RADIO DISNEY MUSIC AWARDS - Entertainment's brightest young stars turned out for the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA), music's biggest event for families, at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Saturday, April 25. 'Disney Channel Presents the Radio Disney Music Awards,' a television special originating from the show, airs Sunday, April 26 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT). (Photo by Image Group LA/DISNEY CHANNEL via Getty Images) FIFTH HARMONY, OLIVIA CULPO
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 14: Girl band Fifth Harmony perform onstage at LA Pride 2015 y Christopher Street West on June 14, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 10: (L-R) Lauren Jauregui, Normani Hamilton, Camila Cabello, Ally Brooke, and Dinah-Jane Hansen of Fifth Harmony perform on NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Plaza on July 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 16: (L-R) Lauren Jauregui, Normani Hamilton, Ally Brooke, Dinah-Jane Hansen and Camila Cabello of Fifth Harmony is seen arriving at Univision's Premios Juventud 2015 at the Bank United Center on July 16, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/WireImage)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JULY 29: Dinah Jane Hansen, Normani Kordei, Camila Cabello, Lauren Jauregui and Ally Brooke Hernandez of Fifth Harmony perform at Fillmore Miami Beach on July 29, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 16: Singers Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke Hernandez, Dinah Jane Hansen, Normani Kordei and Camila Cabello of Fifth Harmony pose in the press room at the Teen Choice Awards 2015 at Galen Center on August 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 14: Taylor Swift (C), Dina Jane Hansen, Normani Kordei, Camila Corbello, Ally Brooke and Lauren Jauregi, of Fifth Harmony perform at Levi's Stadium on August 14, 2015 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by John Medina/LP5/Getty Images for TAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: (L-R) Dinah Jane Hansen, Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Camila Cabello and Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony arrives at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 25: Dinah-Jane Hansen, Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello, Lauren Jauregui and Normani Kordei of Fifth Harmony attends the MTV EMA's 2015 at Mediolanum Forum on October 25, 2015 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, Normani Hamilton, Dinah Jane Hansen and Camila Cabello of Fifth Harmony attend the 2015 Halo Awards at Pier 36 on November 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Recording artists Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, Normani Hamilton, Camila Cabello and Dinah-Jane Hansen of Fifth Harmony arrive at the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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That lead to the above tweet, in which she also noted, "we learn in life that evil spirits exist and people don't always treat you fairly but you continue to love anyway." Kordei, 20, has not tweeted since saying she was signing off.

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Cabello, 19, had nothing but support for Kordei in a series of tweets on Saturday night. "I stand by the words 'love only,' meaning I won't tolerate on my timeline any kind of hate, racism, or discrimination towards ANYONE," she wrote, adding that you don't have to hate on someone to support her.


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