Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei Opens Up About Cyber Attack: ‘People Were Calling Me the N-Word’
On Monday’s (May 8) live episode of Dancing with the Stars, 20-year-old member of the pop girl group Fifth Harmony, Normani Kordei, performed what judges call an "emotional performance," and then gave a tear-jerker statement on her being cyberbullied.
“The piece is so symbolic of times that I’ve felt helpless and desperate,” Kordei said about her week eight contemporary number with Val Chmerkovskiy. “I got bullied terribly on social media. I did an interview. It was taken out of context completely and there were images. People were calling me the N word. It was really ugly ... It was every time I went online it’s ‘Oh, how much we hate you. How talentless you are.’ They actually made images of me being whipped, beaten, hung."
Although the ordeal left Kordei to take a leave on Twitter and social media platforms, she stated it did not repeal her wanting to live her dreams.
“At the end of the day, I have to be me. I want to be able to look in the mirror and say I’m proud of that person and I love who you are,” Kordei added.
DWTS judge Julianne Hough responded, "You’re doing more than just dance. You’re creating art and you’re creating history."
The duo scored a perfect 40/40.
Kordei and Chmerkovskiy embraced, while tears flooded from her eyes.
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.
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