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Normani On Trusting Herself And Rebuilding Her Confidence: 'I’m A Lot More Sure Of Myself'
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Normani On Trusting Herself And Rebuilding Her Confidence: 'I’m A Lot More Sure Of Myself'

Normaniis disclosing how being a part of Fifth Harmony negatively impacted her self-confidence.

Fifth Harmony, an all-girl group, was formed in 2012 during the reality singing competition series The X Factor. The group members consisted of Normani, Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello, Dinah Jane, and Lauren Jauregui.


Following their appearance on the show, Fifth Harmony released three studio albums and sold over 15 million copies worldwide before disbanding in 2018. Despite the group's success, Normani faced several hardships as the only Black person in Fifth Harmony, including racism and constant comparisons to her bandmates.

With the release of her debut album, Dopamine, as a solo artist, the 28-year-old shared with Rolling Stone magazine her personal growth throughout these experiences.

Normani On Journey With Fifth Harmony 

In the conversation, Normani disclosed that even though she had dealt with unpleasant circumstances in Fifth Harmony, she doesn't have any animosity toward anyone because those moments helped shape her into who she is today.

“I’m grateful for all of it, even the moments where I might’ve felt inadequate or less than,” she said. “ It definitely has a lot to do with why I am the way that I am. It definitely took a toll on my confidence. It’s just another testament to my resilience. Would I do some things differently or wish that some things were done differently? Of course, but I also don’t want to sit here and make it sound like it wasn’t part of my story.”

Further into the discussion, as the “Wild Side” vocalist recounted her journey with Fifth Harmony, she revealed that she was pleased with the amount of success they had accomplished despite being teenagers.

“We were babies. We were so innocent and I think that is the struggle, to your point, of just us having to face reality under very unrealistic circumstances,” she stated. “I always say we did the very best we could with what we had, so that I’m proud of. 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 it wasn’t all bad. Like yeah, we struggled, but it was also really beautiful in what we accomplished together.”

Normani On Her New Era 

Toward the end of the interview, when asked about her latest project and what she wants fans to take away from it, Normani shared that she wants her supporters to see how confident she has become in herself and her talents.

“That I’m f–king strong despite everything that I’ve endured. It’s a testament to my strength and my resilience and my discipline. I’m a lot more sure of myself, a lot more comfortable. I’ve done a really good job at navigating and getting back to who I am and recognizing the beauty. I’m trusting myself a lot more,” she said.

With this revelation, the “Waves” songstress has demonstrated how the power of staying true to oneself and refusing to conform to anyone's standards can be beneficial, even with the challenges she has encountered.

Normani’s debut album, Dopamine is out now.

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