Made in Chelsea has had us glued to our screens this season with all the usual make ups, break ups and shake ups and one person's journey we've been following closely is that of Paris Smith.
Although she was dating Angus Finlay, Paris revealed that she's recently been seeing a new guy called Cillian Hillard. She beamed over lunch in the latest episode as she showed off the gorgeous ring he'd made her, but in tonight's show (Monday 20 December) Paris shows a more vulnerable side as she opens up about her past dating experiences.
"F or me meeting the family is the worst, worst part because I’ve had really bad experiences in the past with racism," she tells Liv Bentley and Robbie Mullet.
As Liv asks whether Paris and Cillian are boyfriend and girlfriend, Paris explains: "Not yet, I mean we’re exclusively dating and also staying at each other’s places almost everyday and acting like we’re in a relationship, so I’m really happy with all of that.
"But for me meeting the family is the worst, worst part because I’ve had really bad experiences in the past with racism. There’s been situations where I can see that I’m being judged in a very different way…"
"By the family," Liv asks, to which Paris confirms and adds: " I think dating as a woman of colour is always very different."
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Paris went on to speak about times where she's felt "objectified" while dating.
"I was dating this guy and he even came up to me and was like, 'Do you know it’s so funny, my friend,' he showed a photo of her with a black guy, 'My friend’s got a Black one and I’ve got a Black one haha.'
"I didn’t understand why it made me feel like s**t. I remember I just stared at him and I took in what he said and thought, 'I don’t know what to say,' and walked out. I just left."
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Paris opened up about a second experience: "I had this one guy that I was dating and I remember meeting his family the first week. His sister kept referring to me using the N word but only me and as a joke."
She continued: "I’m still learning myself about why I feel uncomfortable in certain situations."
Paris added: "I spoke to my mum about it – who is a Black woman – and she told me she’d Google a country before going to make sure it’s not racist.
"Now I feel like I’m in a position where having the conversation I feel confident to be like, 'I’m not the problem. If you don’t like this part of me, If you don’t like this cultural side of me, by in the bin see you later not interested.'"
Made in Chelsea continues Mondays at 9pm on E4.
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