Rochelle Humes says she tried to scrub her skin off as top pop stars talk about being racially abused from as young as 7

THREE of Britain’s leading pop stars have talked about being racially abused from as young as seven.

The Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes, Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock and fellow chart-topper Emeli Sandé speak out in documentary The Talk, about how black parents have to warn their children.


Rochelle, 31, sobs as she recalls a classmate saying she was not invited to her birthday party “because she was black” — prompting her to try to “scrub her skin off”.

Rochelle, now expecting her third child with fellow singer Marvin Humes, explains: “I’m not upset for me.

"I’m upset because my little girl is the same age and I just don’t know how I would handle that.”

Leigh-Anne, 28, was passed a vile note during her school days which listed her nationality as “jungle”.


She says: “My heart just dropped.

“I was nine years old and I knew it was racism. I was distraught.

“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, ‘Oh, I’m not good enough, I’m not pretty enough, why do I feel like this?’”

Emeli, 33, faced comments because of her black dad and white mum.

She says: “There was a girl who said, ‘Well, you must be adopted.’

“I remember dad running upstairs, finding proof of birth.”

The Talk airs on Channel at 10pm tomorrow.



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