Normani is opening up in her recent interview with Billboard.
During her interview, the 22-year old spoke about how she struggled with race and identity while in Fifth Harmony.
via E! Online
Normani detailed how her childhood prepared her for the adversity she would face when she joined the girl band. Her education at a predominately white elementary school was later paralleled when she found herself being one of the only people of color in Fifth Harmony. As the only black member of the group, Normani felt alone when she dealt with a lot of her experiences. She told Billboard that while the other girls of Fifth Harmony tried to be there to support her, it just wasn't the same.
"I don't think they had the tools that they needed, because it's not their experience. 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," explained the singer.
Camila Cabello had to ask her fans at one point, to stop cyber bullying Normani. Fans believe that Normani was throwing shade at Camila on Facebook Live. It went as far as receiving death threats on social media. She says that the racism she dealt with had some effects on her mental health.
With all of that, Normani still feels she has a lot to prove to herself. "There's so much that I have to get off my chest," she says. "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."
We are so looking forward to her new single with Sam Smith that is set to drop on January 11th.