Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock says she doesn't care if she loses racist fans

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Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock says she doesn't care whether she loses fans as she continues to call out prejudices and openly discuss her experiences with racism.

Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month and the Black Lives Matter protests taking place across the globe, the singer took to Instagram over the weekend and opened up about her experiences of racism as part of the music industry.

Speaking to This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on Tuesday (June 9), Leigh-Anne said that now felt like the right time to post the video.

"This is something you can't ignore, this is something you can't be quiet about," she said.

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"I don't care how much how much I preach about this. This is my reality, this is so many other people's reality. What's the point in even going on if we can't get a change?" she added.

"I'm not going to sit here and not say anything. I don't care if I lose fans. I already know some people who have posted have lost a lot of fans, and I think it's disgusting. But it just proves what we're saying."

Leigh-Anne, who appeared on the show alongside 'Superstar' hitmaker Jamelia, also noted how she'd spoken up about her experiences last year but it didn't feel like people were really listening then.

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"This is the first time in my life that the whole world is speaking about racism, and Black lives," the 28-year-old continued.

"I was so overwhelmed by it and I just thought, 'Well, you know what? I feel like I need to, kind of, get rid of this pain that I've been carrying around for nine years.'"

In her recent Instagram video, Leigh-Anne detailed how, back in 2012 when Little Mix was filming the 'Wings' music video, she was told she would "have to work 10 times harder" because she's the only Black girl in the group.

"I had the biggest awakening of my life," she recalled.

"You learn to understand you can't be seen to be too loud or too opinionated, otherwise you are deemed a diva or aggressive. You learn that by walking into a room you are deemed unapproachable or offish before anyone has even approached you.

"My reality was feeling lonely while touring to predominantly white countries. I sing to fans who don't hear me, or see me, or cheer me on."

This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.

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