Leigh-Anne Pinnock Praised For Discussing Fiancé Andre Grey’s Colourist Tweets In Race, Pop And Power

The Little Mix singer's BBC documentary aired last night and is available to watch on iPlayer.

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by Bonnie McLaren |
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Leigh-Anne Pinnock has been praised for raising her fiancé Andre Grey’s previous colourist tweets in her new BBC documentary. Race, Pop and Power - which aired last night - explored Leigh-Anne's experience of racism in the music industry, as well as the experience of other Black British female popstars such as Alexandra Burke, Nao, RAYE and Sugababes{ =nofollow}member Keisha Buchanan.

Leigh-Anne's documentary has been praised by critics and viewers, including her decision to include a conversation where she spoke about her fiancé's previous tweets. The footballer - who has since apologised - posted offensive tweets in 2012, and in 2016 he was charged by the Football Association and fined £25,000 while also being banned from four matches with Burnley.

‘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,’ Leigh-Anne said. ‘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”.’ Leigh-Anne also said in the scene - which was filmed before she announced that she was pregnant: ‘We could have a child and it could come out darker than us.’

Many viewers applauded Leigh-Anne online, with one writing: 'I’m so glad Leigh Anne pulled up Andre’s past tweets it’s so important to address all issues no matter how close people are to you.' Another added, 'leigh anne calling out and educating andre.. that’s so strong of her. to show it in the documentary.. no words. just so proud.' A third said, 'It makes me so happy that instead of ignoring Andre‘s past tweets. Leigh Anne called him out for his past colourism and they discussed together how wrong it was.'

It was revealed at the end of the documentary that Leigh-Anne, her sister, and her fiancé have set up The Black Fund foundation, an organisation which aims to help young Black people get into creative industries.

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