Alesha Dixon says witnessing violence as a child has shaped who she is

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Alesha Dixon has said witnessing violence as a child has shaped her. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
Alesha Dixon has said witnessing violence as a child has shaped her. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

Alesha Dixon has said witnessing violence as a child has shaped who she is and influenced her own parenting. 

The Britain's Got Talent star saw her mum Beverley subjected to domestic violence at the hands of a live-in boyfriend, something she explored in 2010 documentary Don't Hit My Mum. 

Dixon, 42, told The Sun: "I have had things happen that have knocked me to my core and had to spend many years working through it. Growing up, I didn’t really see healthy relationships and good communication skills.

“I saw people coming and going, and violence, so it took a long time to know how to have good relationships. It sounds like a sob story, but it really has shaped who I am.”

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The Mis-Teeq singer shares two daughters with her husband Azuka Ononye, seven-year-old Azura and Anaya, 20 months. 

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She went on to add that she wanted to protect her children from being "exposed" to the kind of things she saw growing up. 

However, Dixon also stated that she did not have a bad childhood despite some of her experiences. 

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“It’s tricky as there is this misconception I had a bad childhood. That’s not the case," she shared. "I had a lot of love around me but I did see things I shouldn’t have seen as a girl.”

Dixon has recently been announced as a new judge on the Australia's Got Talent panel, with filming set to begin late next month. 

It comes as Britain's version of the competition has been cancelled for 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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