Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock praised for confronting Andre Gray over 'horrible' tweets that left her feeling sick

LITTLE Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock has been praised by fans for confronting her fiancé Andre Gray over offensive tweets he made towards dark-skinned black women.

The Brit Award-winning artist said her other half's old posts made her "feel sick" in her documentary, Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop & Power, which aired last night on BBC One. 

Viewers watched as the 29-year-old challenged Andre over the colourist tweets he shared in 2012, in which in he compared dark-skinned black women wearing red lipstick to "burnt toast with jam on it".

Leigh-Anne, who is pregnant with their first child, said: "I will never know what it feels like to be a dark-skinned woman but seeing those tweets really made me feel a bit sick.

"I was really upset because I was just like, 'Who is this person? This is horrible'. That wasn’t the person I knew.

"When they surfaced, my heart sank. Because I was like, 'That is not the person I met. It sounds like a child, like a silly child'."  

Andre, also 29, responded: 'This is what happens when you're kids and that. You do become a product of your environment.

"So whatever you are around every day, and you're not educated on it, or exposed to why it's wrong, then it kind of sticks."

The Watford footballer continued: "There's no excuse at all, when it all came out and stuff, like obviously I was embarrassed, ashamed, disappointed, at the same time… I had to be a man about it. 

"I've made that mistake and I've learnt, and I've educated myself and grew up to understand how offensive and how wrong it was what I did. There was never any malice, but again, no excuse."

The music star asked: "Because it's like, how would you feel if someone said that about like your cousin or auntie?"

In the powerful scene filmed before Leigh-Anne announced her pregnancy, she finished: "We could have a child and it could come out darker than us. Like, you just don't know?"

Fans took to Twitter in their droves after watching the documentary and praised Leigh-Anne for holding her fiancé to account.

One fan wrote: "It’s good that Leigh-Anne showed Andre’s past tweets.

"Funny thing is there’s loads of mixed race men/light skin black men who still think like he supposedly used to!"

"Good for Leigh Anne to press her boyfriend about his colourist comments," another commented.

A third penned: "Leigh-Anne called out and held her fiancé and father of their child accountable for his problematic and hurtful tweets.

"Use this as a teachable moment, yall cannot be silent and watch ur friends and family be ignorant and discriminatory towards people!!" (sic).

Another wrote: "leigh anne’s documentary was so eye opening- i knew about the colurism and racism in the industry but to that extent is crazy- i love how she addressed as much as she could including andre’s past racist tweets too" (sic).

Last night, Leigh-Anne was praised as she fought back against the lack of diversity in the industry in her powerful documentary.

In upsetting scenes she recalled the devastating moment she suffered racist abuse at school when another child told her she was “from the jungle” – but said it wasn’t until being in the band that she experienced it again. 

Leigh-Anne explained: "The only time I ever experienced 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."

The singer told how racism has "ruined" her decade-long career in the group and how she felt "lost and invisible".

The star even feared she had only been put in Little Mix as the "token black girl".

Leigh-Anne was born and raised in High Wycombe, Bucks, by Deborah, a teacher, and John, a mechanic, who she says brought her up to be “really proud” of their Caribbean heritage.

But Leigh-Anne says she has always felt less popular than her bandmates Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall and Jesy Nelson, because of her race.

In the documentary, Leigh-Anne meets other black artists who have faced similar situations, including Alexandra Burke and Sugababes singer Keisha Buchanan.

The film also sees her rally her record label Sony to introduce more diversity and champion black creatives – however they refuse to meet with her on camera.

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