The singer’s mother, Andrea Hamilton, was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time this past October.
In October 2020, Hamilton shared on Instagram that her breast cancer has returned after 19 years of remission.
During the interview with Power 106, the “Checklist” singer explained how working on her new music saved her and her family members.
“This past year, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer,” Normani tells Power 106. “For me, this work that I was able to put out into the world really saved me, to be completely honest. Even just being on Facetime with her as she’s going through her chemo and her radiation, and just wanting me to update her on how this video is going and how the music is coming, it really got her through that. It got my family through that darkest time of our lives.”
The “Dancing with a Stranger” singer explains how her mother’s constant words of wisdom served as her daily motivation.
“She’s like ‘Baby, I’m gonna be fine. What I need you to focus. I need you to be Normani. I need you to be the best version of yourself,” Normani says. “I need you to continue to work hard. We gotta get this music out. We have the world to impact.’ She was just like, ‘I’m gonna be fine.’ Anything that my mom says, to be completely honest, I believe.”
Normani was 4-years-old when her mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer. Her mother’s battle with cancer led the 25-year-old to become a global ambassador for the American Cancer Society. Normani and her mother share their story to spread awareness about breast cancer and promote screenings in underserved communities.