Leigh-Anne Pinnock revealed that she had burst into tears on a recent trip to the supermarket after being “verbally abused” by a stranger.
The 28-year-old Little Mix singer signed in to the group’s Twitter account and shared a now-deleted post about her experience at a Berkshire branch in Waitrose.
Leigh-Anne thanked staff at the Sunningdale store for rushing to their defense after being randomly accosted by a male customer in the store.
Emotional: Leigh-Anne Pinnock revealed that she had burst into tears on a recent trip to the supermarket after being “verbally assaulted” by a stranger
Speaking to social media, she wrote, “So yesterday I was involved in an argument where I was verbally abused by a random male client for no reason.
“I was shocked and completely taken back that someone could be so rude to someone for no reason.
“Despite this ordeal, the staff at Waitrose Sunningdale ran to my defense with great kindness and care.
“They demonstrated that every act of wrongfulness triggers a million acts of kindness and sent me home with these beautiful flowers.
Open: 28-year-old Little Mix singer accessed the group’s Twitter account and shared a now-deleted article about her experience in a Berkshire branch at Waitrose
“I was a fat mess by the time I left the store, but I just wanted to say thank you.
Earlier this month, Leigh-Anne shared an emotional video about her own experiences with racism.
She went to Instagram to share the heartbreaking message, speaking frankly about her own experiences and her battle with anxiety.
Leigh-Anne, whose teammates are Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall, admitted in tears that she sometimes felt “invisible” in the group.
The star also shared that she still feels like the “least fortunate” and has to work “ten times harder” in Little Mix.
Leigh-Anne said during the five-minute video: “My reality is anxious before the events and the fan signings, because I always feel like the least favored.
“My reality constantly makes me feel like I have to work ten times harder and longer to defend my case in the group, because my talent alone is not enough. My reality is whenever I felt invisible within my group.
“Part of me is fully aware that my experience would have been more difficult to manage if I had dark skin. Our reality, no matter how far you think you’ve come, racism exists.
Tear: Leigh-Anne went to Instagram to share the heartbreaking message as she spoke candidly about her own experiences and her battle with anxiety
“Invisible”: Leigh-Anne, on the far right, whose teammates are Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall (L-R), admitted in tears that she felt “invisible” sometimes in the group
“So let’s all continue to talk about racism and keep this movement going. Thank you.’
Leigh-Anne also recalled how a director with whom she had worked during the filming of their hit song Wings, nine years ago, had told her: “You are the black girl, you have to work ten times harder”.
She added, “There comes a point in the life of every black … you realize that racism does not exclude you. Nine years ago, after joining Little Mix, I had the biggest awakening of my life.
“When we were shooting Wings, we worked with Frank Gatson. He said, “You’re the black girl, you have to work ten times harder. “Never in my life had someone told me that I should work harder because of my race.
“Ten times harder”: the star also shared that she always feels like the “less favored” and that she has to work “ten times harder” in Little Mix
Upsetting: Leigh-Anne, pictured on the far left with Little Mix in 2019, said in the five-minute video: “My reality is anxious before fan events and signatures because I always feel like the least favored. “
“My reality was to feel alone during my tours in predominantly white countries. I sang for fans who don’t see me, can’t hear me, or don’t encourage me.
Leigh-Anne captioned the video with, “Like many of you, I feel really heavy with everything we see online and hear on the news. In the past, I mentioned some personal experiences that were triggered due to my race.
“More than ever, it felt like it was time for me to be completely open and honest with all of you because ultimately the world is awake and people want to listen, help and understand.
“I’m not making this video out of sympathy or for you to watch and then come back to normal life. I do it because it’s enough, and I hope that by sharing that, we can all do more to understand the racism that is taking place.
She added: “My reality constantly makes me feel that I have to work ten times harder and longer to defend my case in the group, because my talent alone is not enough. “
Speaking: Leigh-Anne captioned the video with, “Like many of you, I feel really heavy with everything we see online and hear on the news. “
“By doing so, we are able to tackle the larger problem and break systemic racism. All we want is equality and justice for our black community.
Leigh-Anne’s Little Mix teammates Jesy, 28, and Jade, 27, shared their support by commenting on the video.
Jesy posted three heart emojis while Jade said, “My sister [heart emoji] proud of you ✨. ‘
Support: Leigh-Anne’s Little Mix comrades, Jesy, 28, and Jade, 27, shared their support by commenting on the video