Normani Says She’s “Suppressed” Fifth Harmony Memories: “Wasn’t All Bad”

Normani recently opened up in an interview with Rolling Stone about her time with Fifth Harmony and how she’s been managing since the group disbanded in 2018. She revealed that she’s had to “suppress” some memories from those days to protect herself.

Despite the challenges, she’s “grateful” for the entire experience, even the moments that made her feel “inadequate or less than.” These struggles, she says, have shaped who she is today and have taken a toll on her confidence.

Also Read: Normani Announces First Solo Album, ‘Dopamine’

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During her tenure with Fifth Harmony, Normani encountered numerous instances of racism from both label executives and fans, which relegated her to a lesser role compared to her bandmates. Reflecting on these experiences, she noted, “We were so innocent and I think that is the struggle of just us having to face reality under very unrealistic circumstances. I always say we did the very best we could with what we had so that I’m proud of.”

She went on to say, “There’s so much that I don’t even remember because I suppressed it. That’s just my way of protecting myself from having to deal with everything. But what I do remember is that it wasn’t all bad. Like yeah, we struggled, but it was also really beautiful in what we accomplished together.”

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Looking ahead, Normani’s highly anticipated debut album ‘Dopamine’ is set to release on June 14 via RCA Records. She hopes fans will see just how “f*cking strong” she is despite everything she’s endured. Normani describes the album as a testament to her strength, resilience, and discipline.

In January, she teased the record, calling it “literally the best music she’s ever made.” She further elaborated on this in the interview, saying, “For me, this upcoming album is not just about music coming out. It feels like a representation of everything I’ve gone through to get to this moment. The album feels like liberation, like a season of freedom. Not just because the record is finally coming out, but because it’s a celebration of everything.”