Camilla Cabello attended weekly 'racial healing' sessions after offensive social media posts

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28:  Recording artist Camila Cabello attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/FilmMagic)
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Camilla Cabello has revealed she has been attending weekly 'racial healing sessions' after issuing a public apology for offensive social media posts containing racial slurs in 2019.

The former Fifth Harmony star revealed she had reached out to the National Compadres Network, a racial equity group, in an interview with People magazine.

Cabello said the sessions "created a space where she was held accountable".

"You get corrected, you have homework, and you learn. That's how you move forward. Now I know better so I can do better," she said.

After a Twitter thread exposed archived Tumblr posts shared by Cabello when she was 14, the singer made a statement admitting she was "ashamed" of the racist language used, which included the N-word.

Cabello said she would "regret forever" the words and offensive stereotypes featured in her posts, saying she was "uneducated and ignorant" at the time. 

Over a year on, the 'Senorita' singer said she was moved to take action against racism and injustice.

"As I learned more about other people's experiences in the world, I was like, 'How do I help the people who are on the frontlines of dismantling systems that create oppression? And how do I bridge that with my own personal journey with mental health and healing?'" she said.

Cabello went on to join forces with the Movement Voter Fund to create the Healing Justice Project, which raised US$250,000 for 10 organisations fighting racial inequality.

"What all the organisations have in common is that they are helping their communities, especially marginalised groups in their communities," Cabello said.

Cabello's former Fifth Harmony bandmate Normani addressed the offensive posts in a 2020 email sent to Rolling Stone, telling the magazine how "devastating" she found the memes shared by someone who was supposed to be a part of a "safe haven and a sisterhood".

"I struggled with talking about this because I didn’t want it to be a part of my narrative, but I am a black woman, who is a part of an entire generation that has a similar story," Normani wrote.

"It took days for [Cabello] to acknowledge what I was dealing with online and then years for her to take responsibility for the offensive tweets that recently resurfaced," she added.

"Whether or not it was her intention, this made me feel like I was second to the relationship that she had with her fans."