Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock reveals horrific racial abuse she suffered as a child

LITTLE Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock has revealed the horrific moment a classmate told her she was "from the jungle".

Leigh-Anne, 29, said the racist slur was written in a note that was then passed to her in school by a boy.

Speaking in her BBC show Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop & Power, the singer said: "The only time I ever eperienced racism was one time at primary school.

"A boy handed me a note that just said, 'Name: Leigh-Anne, Age: 9, from the jungle'."

"I was devastated. I'd never been made to feel like I didn't belong before.

"It turned out I wouldn't be made to feel like that again until my life changed overnight a decade later."

Leigh-Anne landed a place in Little Mix when she was 20, having won The X Factor with her new bandmates – Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards.

"Winning X Factor and becoming a pop star was all I ever wanted," she said.

The star's new documentary has lifted the lid on the racism she has experienced in the music industry over the past 10 years.

Leigh-Anne told viewers she noticed underlying racism from the get-go.

The star, who is expecting her first child, said she was stunned to be told by black choreographer, Frank Gatson Jnr, that she would have to work "10 times harder" because she is black when shooting Little Mix's first video.

The mum-to-be held back tears as she said she feared she had only been put in Little Mix as the “token black girl”.

But despite the heartache that has come with opening up about her experiences, Leigh-Anne has said recording the show is a "weight off her chest".

The singer, who was born and raised in High Wycombe, Bucks, and is of Caribbean heritage, said speaking out has even changed her as a person.

"Until now, I’ve been scared to be controversial," she said on Wednesday night at the Brit Awards.

"[After doing the show], I feel like a different person. It’s amazing to get so much pain off my chest.

"After being open and honest, I have that power back now.”

She added: "My mum told me how proud she is of me for speaking out about racism – because she knows I would never had the strength to do that a few years ago.”

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