Leigh-Anne Pinnock broke down in tears after being ‘verbally abused’ by a stranger


Leigh-Anne Pinnock has revealed she broke down in tears during a recent trip to the supermarket after being ‘verbally abused’ by a stranger.

The Little Mix singer, 28, took to the group’s Twitter account and shared a now-deleted post about her experience in a Berkshire branch of Waitrose.

Leigh-Anne thanked the staff at the Sunningdale store for rushing to her defence after she was randomly accosted by a male customer in the store.

Emotional: Leigh-Anne Pinnock has revealed she broke down in tears during a recent trip to the supermarket after being ‘verbally abused’ by a stranger

Taking to social media, she penend: ‘So yesterday I was involved in an altercation where I was verbally abused by a random male customer for no reason.

‘I was left in shock 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 defence showing great kindness and care.

‘They demonstrated that every act of wrongfulness unleashes a million acts of kindness and sent me home with these beautiful flowers.

Open: The Little Mix singer, 28, took to the group's Twitter account and shared a now-deleted post about her experience in a Berkshire branch of Waitrose

Open: The Little Mix singer, 28, took to the group’s Twitter account and shared a now-deleted post about her experience in a Berkshire branch of Waitrose

‘I was a blubbering mess by the time I left the shop but I just wanted to say thank you.’

Earlier this month Leigh-Anne shared an emotional video about her own experiences with racism. 

She took to Instagram to share the heartbreaking message as she candidly spoke about her own experiences and anxiety battle.

Leigh-Anne, whose bandmates are Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall, tearfully admitted that she feels ‘invisible’ at times in the group. 

The star also shared that she always feels like the ‘least favoured’ and has to work ‘ten times harder’ in Little Mix.

Leigh-Anne said during the five minute video: ‘My reality is feeling anxious before fan events and signings because I always feel like I’m the least favoured. 

‘My reality is constantly feeling like I have to work ten times harder and longer to make my case in the group, because my talent alone isn’t enough. My reality is all the times I felt invisible within my group. 

‘Part of me is fully aware that my experience would have been ever harder to deal with had I been dark-skinned. Our reality is no matter how far you think you’ve come, racism exists. 

Tearful: Leigh-Anne took to Instagram to share the heartbreaking message as she candidly spoke about her own experiences and anxiety battle

Tearful: Leigh-Anne took to Instagram to share the heartbreaking message as she candidly spoke about her own experiences and anxiety battle

'Invisible': Leigh-Anne, far right, whose bandmates are Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall (L-R), tearfully admitted that she feels 'invisible' at times in the group

‘Invisible’: Leigh-Anne, far right, whose bandmates are Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall (L-R), tearfully admitted that she feels ‘invisible’ at times in the group

‘So let’s all continue to speak up on racism and keep this movement going. Thank you.’

Leigh-Anne also recalled how a director she worked with during filming for their hit track Wings, nine years ago, told her ‘you are the black girl, you have to work ten times harder’.

She added: ‘There comes a point in every black human’s life … you realise racism does not exclude you. Nine years ago, after joining Little Mix, I had the biggest awakening of my life. 

‘When we were filming Wings, we worked with Frank Gatson. He said to me, “You are the black girl, you have to work ten times harder.” Never in my life had someone told me I would need to work harder because of my race. 

'Ten times harder': The star also shared that she always feels like the 'least favoured' and has to work 'ten times harder' in Little Mix

‘Ten times harder’: The star also shared that she always feels like the ‘least favoured’ and has to work ‘ten times harder’ in Little Mix

Upsetting: Leigh-Anne, pictured far left with Little Mix in 2019, said during the five minute video: 'My reality is feeling anxious before fan events and signings because I always feel like I'm the least favoured.'

Upsetting: Leigh-Anne, pictured far left with Little Mix in 2019, said during the five minute video: ‘My reality is feeling anxious before fan events and signings because I always feel like I’m the least favoured.’ 

‘My reality was feeling lonely while touring predominantly white countries. I sang to fans who don’t see me or hear me or cheer me on.’

Leigh-Anne captioned the video with: ‘Like many of you, I have been feeling really heavy with everything that we are seeing online and hearing on the news. In the past I have mentioned some personal experiences that were triggered due to my race. 

‘More than ever I felt like it was time that I was completely open and honest with you all because finally, the world is awake and people want to listen, help and understand. 

‘I’m not doing this video for sympathy or for you to watch and then go about normal life. I’m doing it because enough is enough and hopefully from sharing this we can all do more to understand the racism that takes place. 

She added: 'My reality is constantly feeling like I have to work ten times harder and longer to make my case in the group, because my talent alone isn't enough.'

She added: ‘My reality is constantly feeling like I have to work ten times harder and longer to make my case in the group, because my talent alone isn’t enough.’ 

Speaking out: Leigh-Anne captioned the video with: 'Like many of you, I have been feeling really heavy with everything that we are seeing online and hearing on the news.'

Speaking out: Leigh-Anne captioned the video with: ‘Like many of you, I have been feeling really heavy with everything that we are seeing online and hearing on the news.’ 

‘In doing this we are able to approach the bigger issue and break down systemic racism. All we want is equality and justice for our black community.’ 

Leigh-Anne’s Little Mix bandmates Jesy, 28, and Jade, 27, shared their support as they commented on the video.

Jesy posted three heart emojis while Jade put: ‘My sister [heart emoji] proud of you ✨.’  

Support: Leigh-Anne's Little Mix bandmates Jesy, 28, and Jade, 27, shared their support as they commented on the video

Support: Leigh-Anne’s Little Mix bandmates Jesy, 28, and Jade, 27, shared their support as they commented on the video

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