Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock opens up about receiving “horrible” and “nasty” racist abuse

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Little Mix band member Leigh-Anne Pinnock has discussed the racial abuse she’s faced over the years.

Appearing on today’s (May 17) episode of Lorraine, the singer revealed that as well as racist trolling, she’s received online body shaming too.

Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock opens up about receiving "horrible" and "nasty" racist abuse

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“It’s horrible. Especially having to deal with it in the public eye, it is nasty,” she said.

“But I swear, just surrounding yourself with positive people, people who are uplifting, and not looking at it [helps]. It is just irrelevant and it shouldn’t even be happening. It is so nasty.”

This isn’t the first time Leigh-Anne has discussed the problem either, as she recently admitted to purposefully searching for negative comments about herself online.

Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock opens up about receiving "horrible" and "nasty" racist abuse

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Luckily, the 27-year-old also told TV host Lorraine Kelly that she’s “in a better place now”, after going through some dark times.

“I am so proud of who I am, but it takes a while,” she said. “Even now, I am not 100 percent. I don’t think anyone ever really is. It’s a journey to get to that self-love place. It is a hard journey but you will get there.”

Leigh-Anne then thanked her bandmates Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson and Jade Thirlwall for helping her through these difficult experiences.

“I mean, I am just lucky to have the girls. To have the unit. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have that”.

Lorraine airs on ITV.


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