Rochelle Humes Tried To Scrub Off Her Skin After Racial Abuse
Rochelle Humes broke down when she revealed that she "tried to scrub her skin off" following racial abuse.
The former Saturdays singer shared a clip of herself appearing alongside her husband Marvin Humes in Channel 4's anti-racism special The Talk, which is due to air tonight at 10pm.
In the teaser, a visibly emotional Rochelle wiped tears from her eyes, saying: "My legs were red, because I'd tried to scrub my skin off.
"I'm not upset for me, I'm just upset because I think my little girl is the same age. I just don't know how I would handle that."
The This Morning presenter posted the clip to her Instagram account, alongside a caption which gave some context to her words.
Rochelle wrote: "Opening up about racism and my challenges was overwhelming as it reminded me that we still live in a world where racism is normalised and accepted.
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"I don't want my children growing up in a world where they think that their heritage and skin colour could be judged negatively. That's why I was so emotional, not for me, but for every child or person who has been made to feel like they were not enough because of their skin colour.
She continued: "So I allowed myself to open up and be vulnerable about this topic publicly to help support others through shared experience and also educate people on the lasting impact racism and discrimination can have on people."
Among the other celebs appearing on the show is Little Mix singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock, who will open up on her struggles with systemic racism in the music industry.
Leigh-Anne has said that she "wishes I was more educated" on the prejudices she would come up against.
She said: "I got told, "You're the black girl, you've got to work 10 times harder". I just wish that I knew more back then, I just wish that I was more educated on this and I knew that, yeah, your race will hold you back a little bit. I just wish I knew that so I could prepare myself."
These are the conversations we need to be having. Bravo Rochelle and Leigh-Anne for opening up about something so personal and painful.
The Talk airs on Channel 4 on August 4 at 10pm.
Featured Image Credit: Channel 4