Fresh Laundry: Normani admits that being in Fifth Harmony affected her mental health

Ten months after Fifth Harmony broke up, Normani is finally breaking her silence.

Normani, one of the members of the girl group Fifth Harmony, recently opened up in the most recent issue of Billboard. She explained that being in the girl group wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies. She had personal struggles she was facing, especially when it came to being the only African American in the group.

It was like, ‘Hey, I’m also here, and I’m really good at what I do. I work just as hard.’ I feel like I have to work 10 times harder just to prove to everybody that I also deserve to be here. It was a ­subconscious thing. You think, ‘Why am I the least followed in the group?’ Even if you don’t recognize that you’re paying close attention to it, it takes a toll on your confidence. You worry – is it me? Is it because I’m black? Or am I just not talented?

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Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

When Camila Cabello left the girl group in 2016, she actually had to plead to fans to stop harassing and trolling Normani on social media. Normani recieved death threats, racial slurs and pictures of people lynching her.

Normani commented that the girls always were there to support her, but that they didn’t really “get it”. Not only with the trolls on social media, but Normani wasn’t respected in the studio either. She said at one point she was only allowed to sing backup for the song “No Way.”

I can give them credit for trying to be there for me, but at the same time… the girls don’t experience things the way I did.

Since going solo, Normani has found HUGE success with songs like “Love Lies” featuring Khalid, “Checklist” with Calvin Harris and “Dancing with a Stranger” with Sam Smith.

There’s so much that I have to get off my chest. And there’s a responsibility I have as a black woman – one of the very few to have the power to kill it. Even in the mainstream, there’s not many of us. Especially ­chocolate girls. Like, being African-American is one thing, but girls my complexion, it’s unheard of. It’s me, and SZA. Who else?

I’m way too blessed to even allow myself to focus on that. I’ve come to believe that I am that talented. Before, I didn’t wholeheartedly believe that.

I cannot believe that people were sending her racial slurs and death threats. This whole “keyboard warrior” mentality needs to stop because lets face it, no one would be saying these thing to her in person. What do you think about this situation? Let us know in the comments!

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