Leigh-Anne Pinnock’s brand new BBC documentary launches next week (Picture: BBC)
Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock broke down in tears in front of her parents as she discussed her experiences of racism and ‘never feeling good enough’ in her upcoming BBC Three documentary Race, Pop & Power.
In an emotional scene with her mum and dad, the 29-year-old singer asked them to share their responses on how they felt when she came to them in bits about feeling ‘lost’ as the group’s only Black member.
‘When I came to you guys crying and upset because I felt lost, invisible, what were your initial thoughts?’ Leigh-Anne asked.
‘At the time I thought to myself, Leigh-Anne, toughen up,’ her dad responded. ‘Get yourself together, you’re in a good position, get on with it, don’t moan about it.
‘But now, I realise, life isn’t having loads of money and this and that. If you’re not feeling right within yourself, you’re not going to feel right.’
Leigh-Anne was overcome with emotion at this point and revealed: ‘I was carrying a lot. Never, ever feeling good enough.
‘I feel like it ruined a lot of my experience which should have been the best time of my life. It’s just f*cking frustrating.’
‘I know,’ Leigh-Anne’s mum replied. ‘It was hard. It’s hard for us to make you realise. It’s not because you’re not as good as them, because you are. Which is sad really.’
Her parents’ attitudes have changed as they have seen the effect the experience of racism has had on their daughter over the years.
‘You can use your voice and your experiences to help other people and to let other people know, things are going to change,’ her mum added.
Race, Pop & Power is a powerful one-off documentary that follows Leigh-Anne as she confronts her experience as the only Black member of Little Mix and as a Black woman in the music industry.
The hour-long film sees the star confront those closest to her as she attempts to bring difficult conversations about Black representation right to the top of the music industry.
Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop & Power airs on Thursday, May 13 at 9pm on BBC One and will be available to stream on BBC iPlayer from 6am.Original article published here.