Normani Kordei Gets Personal About Cyberbullying and Hate Speech

Normani Kordei got personal about her painful past as a victim of cyberbullying and hate speech before her emotional, powerful performance on Monday’s Dancing With the Stars.

“The piece is so symbolic of times I felt helpless and desperate,” Kordei shared in a pre-taped package. “I got bullied, terribly, on social media. I did an interview and it got taken out of context completely… people were calling me the N-word, it was really ugly.”

“Every time I went online it was, ‘How much we hate you. How talentless you are,'” Kordei recounted in a solo interview. “They actually made images of me being whipped, beaten, hung… I shouldn’t want to change the color of my skin or the texture of my hair or the fact that I’m a woman. I felt really alone and just like everybody hated me.”

As she rehearsed with her pro partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, Kordei worked out the steps of her emotional contemporary routine, which saw the Fifth Harmony singer symbolically fighting to free herself from her haters and detractors and find her own self-worth.

“We all want to be loved. We all want to be accepted,” she shared. “And when that doesn’t happen, it just breaks you. And I think in the process I just because a super guarded person… at the end of the day I have to be me, and 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 and Chmerkovskiy represented her strength and drive to overcome self-doubt with a contemporary performance set to Anthony Hamilton and Elayna Boynton’s song, “Freedom,” and the passionate, powerful routine wowed the audience as the singer showed off her raw power and the refined skills she’s developed after eight weeks of working alongside her partner.

The dance resonated with the judges as well, bringing Julianne Hough and Carrie Ann Inaba to tears and even giving Len Goodman a newfound appreciation for contemporary dance.

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Source: ETOnline | Zach Seemayer