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Little Mix Star Leigh-Anne Pinnock In Tears As She's Verbally Abused In Waitrose

Little Mix Star Leigh-Anne Pinnock In Tears As She's Verbally Abused In Waitrose

Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock has revealed she broke down in tears after being "verbally abused" by a stranger in Waitrose.

In a since deleted thread, the singer, 28, took to Twitter to share an account of the experience, which took place in a Berkshire branch of the supermarket.

Leigh-Anne went on to thank staff at the Sunningdale store for defending her amid the incident.

Leigh-Anne said the incident left her a 'blubbering mess' (Credit: Instagram/ Little Mix)
Leigh-Anne said the incident left her a 'blubbering mess' (Credit: Instagram/ Little Mix)
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"So yesterday I was involved in an altercation where I was verbally abused by a random male customer for no reason," she wrote on the Little Mix Twitter account.

"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.

Leigh-Anne shared this statement (Credit: Twitter/ Little Mix)
Leigh-Anne shared this statement (Credit: Twitter/ Little Mix)
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"They demonstrated that every act of wrongfulness unleashes a million acts of kindness and sent me home with these beautiful flowers.

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

Leigh-Anne's post comes one month after she bravely opened up about her experience of racism, writing a horrifying letter which detailed the turmoil she'd been through since joining the band and entering the public eye.

Waitrose gave Leigh-Anne a bunch of flowers after the incident (Credit: Twitter/ Little Mix)
Waitrose gave Leigh-Anne a bunch of flowers after the incident (Credit: Twitter/ Little Mix)
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"Nine years ago, when I joined Little Mix, I had the biggest awakening of my life," she said in a video.

"I sing to fans who don't hear me or see me or cheer me on. My reality is always feeling anxious before gigs or signings because I always feel the least favoured."

"My reality is constantly feeling like I have to work ten times harder in order to mark my place in the group because my talent is not enough.

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"My reality is all the times i have felt invisible in the group, but part of me knows it would have been even harder to cope with if I was dark skinned."

There is no indication the incident in Waitrose was motivated by race.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/ @leighannepinnock

Topics: Little Mix, Celebrity News

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]

 

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