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Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock recalls the first time she experienced racism in primary school

The singer was just nine-years-old at the time


Leigh-Anne Pinnock has opened up about her first experience with racism, when a school bully told her she looked like she was from the “jungle”.

The Little Mix star sat down with her parents as part of Channel 4’s new documentary The Talk, which aired last night, to discuss the devastating discrimination that she faced from a young age.

Leigh-Anne shared: “In primary school, a boy wrote on a bit of paper, ‘Name: Leigh-Anne / Age: Nine / Nationality: Jungle.'”

“I saw it, and my heart just dropped. I knew it racism. I was nine years old. I knew it was racism and I was just distraught by it,” she admitted.

“I just wish that I knew more back then. I wish that I was more educated on racism and that I knew that, yes, your race will hold you back a little bit – it will.”

“I just wish I knew that so that I could prepare myself and I didn’t question the fact, ‘Am I not good enough, am I not pretty enough, why do I feel like this?'”

Leigh-Anne previously opened up about feeling like the “least favoured” member of Little Mix, while giving a heartbreaking speech about racism.

Through tears, Leigh-Anne said: “My reality was feeling lonely while touring to predominantly white countries. I sing to fans who don’t see me or hear me or cheer me on.”

“My reality is feeling anxious before fan events and signings because I always feel like I’m the least favoured. My constant reality is constantly feeling like I have to work 10 times harder and longer to mark my place in the group because my talent alone isn’t enough.”

Fans of the 28-year-old took to Twitter following her appearance on The Talk, praising Leigh-Anne for her bravery.

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