Normani Details 'Full Circle' Feeling of Fifth Harmony Supporting Her Solo Album: 'Bring Us All Together'

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The musician releases her long-awaited debut album, 'Dopamine,' on June 14

<p>Brad Barket/Getty Images</p> Fifth Harmony pose for a photo at Madison Square Garden in New York City in December 2016

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Fifth Harmony pose for a photo at Madison Square Garden in New York City in December 2016

Normani is showing her appreciation for the mini Fifth Harmony reunion that took place in her Instagram comments earlier this year!

Speaking with ELLE about her upcoming debut album Dopamine, the "1:59" singer detailed her reaction to the "full circle" moment, when her former group mates — Camila Cabello, Ally Brooke, Lauren Jauregui and Dinah Janeshared messages of support on her album announcement post back in February.

“This is a milestone, knowing everything that I went through in order to just get to this point. I wanted to be present in that and not allow any negative comments. I really wanted to just celebrate myself," she said. "In terms of the support from the girls, that’s really full circle, to be quite honest."

"We were put in very unrealistic circumstances. We did our absolute best with what we had, but I think that it’s really cool to just see everybody prosper," Normani added of her bandmates' solo careers, nearly 12 years after they were formed on The X-Factor. "It was cool that that moment [for me] could also be a moment that could bring us all together.”

Related: Normani Announces Gunna Collaboration '1:59' as First Single from Debut Album Dopamine

<p>Sharif Hamza</p> Normani for ELLE

Sharif Hamza

Normani for ELLE

As previously reported, Normani announced Dopamine a few months back by sharing the album cover on social media. The album, set to arrive on June 14, comes six years after 5H disbanded in 2018, and follows years of the solo star teasing a full-length project.

Normani, who has had solo success with singles "Wild Side," "Motivation" and "Dancing with a Stranger," told ELLE that she knows what it's like to "put out music and records that I don’t wholeheartedly believe in," and that she too has been eagerly waiting to put out the new project.

"When we were in [Fifth Harmony], we didn’t have the opportunity to have a real opinion until the last project we did," Normani said. "I promised myself, ‘If God gives me another opportunity to do things in my own way, I’m not going to take that for granted.’ I think that there’s a false narrative that because of how long this process has taken, that means I don’t care, or that means I’m more interested in doing other things than putting this body of work out."

"Nobody wants this project to come out more than me. I think that at the end of the day, if I stand behind this wholeheartedly, it doesn’t matter what the world thinks.”

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<p>Sharif Hamza</p> Normani for ELLE

Sharif Hamza

Normani for ELLE

Related: Former Fifth Harmony Members Show Support for Normani as She Announces Debut Solo Album Dopamine: 'There She Is'

On Friday, Normani released her lead single from the album, "1:59" featuring Gunna. It marked her first new music release — features included — in nearly two years.

Elsewhere in her latest conversation, the musician reflected on another major release this year: Beyoncé's Cowboy Carter.

“I want to see more women in charge. I want to see more Black women as chairmen. I want to see more Black women as CEOs. I want to see more Black women produce. I know that all of those exist, but it’s just about getting the opportunity and the recognition," she said. "I have to bring her up: Having Beyoncé, a Black woman in music, taking over the country space is revolutionary. Those are the types of things that I set out to do."

"Now you have country artists who look like us coming out and just being like, 'We’ve always been here.' I think that it’s educational not only for music lovers, but also in the Black community. We’ve pioneered a lot that we don’t get recognition for," Normani added. "I think that it’s just really cool being able to witness Beyoncé be fearless and do something that is much bigger than herself. That’s honestly what I want to see more of in every single space of the music industry, because we deserve that."

Normani's Dopamine arrives on June 14 via RCA Records.

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