Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock recently opened up about her experiences with racism, posting a powerful video in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, along with other Black celebrities like Meghan Markle and John Boyega.
Now, speaking about the reactions to her video, Leigh-Anne has said she's been "overwhelmed" by the responses in support of her video.
In the emotional video, which Leigh-Anne posted to her IGTV over the weekend, the singer explained the impact her race has had on her whole life, as well as her time in Little Mix, including how she was told, "You’re the Black girl, you have to work 10 times harder," after joining the band.
Appearing on This Morning alongside singer Jamelia to discuss racism and the Black Lives Matter movement, Leigh-Anne told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield why she chose to make the video.
"I just thought: You know what, I feel like I need to get rid of this pain that I've been carrying around for nine years and hopefully relate to people. I just felt it was the right time to post it," she explained.
Presenters Holly and Phil also asked whether she worried she was "sacrificing" her career by posting the video, to which Leigh-Anne explained, "Yeah, an element of that, definitely. This is something you can't ignore."
However, Leigh-Anne went on to say that she doesn't care if she loses fans over such an important issue.
"I don't care how much I preach about this," she said. "I don't care how much I say, because this is my reality and so many other people's reality and what's the point in even going on if we can't get a change?
"I'm not going to just sit here and not say anything. I don't care if I lose fans and I already know that some people who have posted have lost a lot of fans and I just think it's disgusting, but it just proves what we're saying."
Opening up about the huge reaction to her video, Leigh-Anne said, "I just feel overwhelmed. I think I speak on behalf of the Black community when I say that, it's a sense of frustration because obviously we've been living with this for so long.
"But I guess, as I say, the whole world is speaking about it and... hopefully there is going to be a change. I feel hopeful. It's actually been such a weight lifted for me… I was hearing from people who have been in the same sort of experiences that I have.
"So being the Black girl in their band in the pop industry, saying how they felt exactly the same way as me and I've never ever had conversations with people who have had similar experiences as me."
Leigh-Anne also addressed what it was like working in Little Mix, saying, "[In] my team, I only have one mixed-race person that works for me. I'm touring to predominantly White countries, just that sense of feeling a misplacement... just not like I really belonged.
"I could only really speak to my family and some of my friends. I just felt like a lot of people didn't understand why I felt the way I did."
Speaking about the Black Lives Matter movement as a whole, Leigh-Anne said that people's eyes have been opened. "I think it's so amazing, like I couldn't have had these conversations about race with some of my White friends but now they are educating themselves and they are having these awkward conversations."
"It's amazing, I think finally people are starting to wake up to this reality we've been living in for so long."
Leigh-Anne also attended the Black Lives Matter protest in London on Sunday, describing it as "one of the most beautiful experiences I have ever had in my life." But, she added, "This cannot be a moment, it has to be a movement and I feel like people are angry... we just have to keep the conversation going."
We couldn't agree with Leigh-Anne more, and hope that the Black Lives Matter movement continues to create powerful change.
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