Pop star Peter Andre opened up on Monday about the vile abuse he has received at the hands of racists while growing up with his Greek parents in Australia.
The singer, 47, says that he and his Greek parents have had racism thrown at them for years, and that people are finally waking up to this horrific side of the world.
He was inspired to share his thoughts following a heated race debate on the television show Good Morning Britain between journalist Piers Morgan and a lawyer defending one of the police officers involved in the murder of George Floyd.
Taking to Instagram to share a clip of the moment, Peter wrote: “@piersmorgan @susannareid100 you are right, right, right. Seeing this man smirk and smile made me so mad. Change is coming though.
“Now that people can finally film these atrocities, means that we are finally waking up and seeing what has been happening for years. Racism has been rife for hundreds and thousands of years against many cultures and races.
“What is infuriating though is when people almost disregard what is being protested and come back with ‘All Lives matter’. No one ever questioned that. But for all lives to matter means that BLACK LIVES MATTER.
“Oh man.. very sad times. Both my parents are Greek and we had racism thrown at us left right and centre for years. When you see or experience racism. When you see it happen to people over and over again.
“When you see what happened to George Floyd, you can’t just sit back and say nothing. It’s not right, it never has been.#endracism #blacklivesmatter”
Andre was born in Harrow, northwest London, to Greek parents. But he says his family had racism thrown at them “for years” after they moved from London to Australia when he was six years of age.
This isn’t the first time Andre has spoken out about the racial abuse he experienced in Australia as a result of his Greek ethnicity.
In a candid video for the youth charity “The Diana Award’s #Back2School” campaign in 2019, Andre said that as soon as he started school in Australia, he was bombarded with horrible verbal abuse by his fellow pupils, his teachers, and even his neighbors, who mocked his appearance and Greek-Cypriot heritage.
He also revealed he contemplated suicide at one point, saying “Did I ever contemplate ending it? Yeah. In that period of time, yeah.”