LITTLE MIX’s Jade Thirlwall was “pinned” to the ground and had a bindi spot put on her forehead in a traumatic racial attack at secondary school.
The Shout Out To My Ex singer said the horrifying incident and shame over her Egyptian-Yemeni heritage led to her suffering from depression and anorexia.
And she even had to wear white make-up during school-age musicals to “blend in”.
She recalled: “During one incident someone pinned me down in the toilets and put a bindi spot on my forehead.
“There was a complete lack of education and understanding of different races and faiths.
“It affected my mental health. I became very depressed and it triggered the eating disorder I had throughout school.”
The 27-year-old, who was raised in South Shields, also said she had white make-up put on her face in school productions so she would “blend in”.
She explained: “Looking back, I realise I experienced microaggressions even as a kid, whether it was being part of musicals in my hometown and having white powder put on my face to blend in with the rest of the cast, or not getting cast at all because there were no people of colour in the musical.
“It wasn’t until I moved to London and into a multicultural environment that I realised how messed up it was.”
Jade, now believed to be worth £10 million after joining Little Mix on The X Factor in 2011, said the racist bullying had a lasting impact on her.
She continued: “At school, I didn’t fit into any group, and started to experience prejudice and racism. I was one of the very few people of colour in the school, so from the off I felt like an outcast.
“Where I’m from in England, if you weren’t evidently black or white, you were put in this big bowl of one ‘other’ thing. I used to get called the P-word, which I didn’t understand as I’m not Pakistani. I was also called half-caste.
“I had suppressed who I was because I wasn’t proud. I had been bullied into thinking I should be ashamed of my identity.”
The star’s maternal grandfather was from Yemen and she is now trying to learn Arabic.
She has also vowed to be more outspoken about her heritage after the Black Lives Matter movement and war in Yemen “triggered a lot of trauma” for her mum Norma.
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Speaking to Vogue Arabia, the singer added: “When I was younger, I didn’t see enough representation of Arabs in magazines or on TV, and when I saw people who looked like my granddad they were always misrepresented.
“There’s this stereotype of Muslims being terrorists. I regret now that I didn’t talk about it more, but I was young and scared.”