Pierre Andre revealed that he always straightened his hair because his natural curls reminded him of the racist bullying he suffered as a child.
The 49-year-old singer and reality TV star is of Greek Cypriot descent and has previously opened up about the racist abuse he suffered growing up in Australia, which he admitted still haunts him to this day.
Andre – whose family moved from north London to Australia when he was six – said Life Changing Stories – Podcast Pride of Britain: “In the first years in Australia, I suffered a lot of racism. It was a difficult time.
“Not only were we the only Greeks on the Gold Coast, but I had an English accent, curly hair, a big nose – and we really stood out.
“Fast forward to late 40s, I always straighten my hair because curly hair reminds me that I’m that little kid and those kids call me like they used to in school.”
The mysterious girl The singer – who developed his heavily gelled hairstyle early in his pop career – added that he can’t bring himself to appear in public without straightening his natural girls.
Andre said: “I’m probably over it, but I wouldn’t show up to an event with curly hair. I just can’t bring myself to do it, even now, and I’ve had therapy . I still see what those kids called me when I look in the mirror.”
The Natural the singer has previously confessed he underwent cosmetic nose surgery as a result of being bullied as a child.
He previously said: “When I was a child in Australia, I was bullied because of the bump on my nose. A lot of the racism I experienced also involved my nose.
“I was so embarrassed that when things started to go well with my music, I asked that no pictures of me be taken aside.
Andre rose to fame as a pop star in the early 90s, with hits such as mysterious girl, which reached number two on the UK charts.
Earlier this year he confirmed plans to relaunch his fly-on-the-wall documentary TV series Peter Andre: My Life – which ended in 2013 – featuring some of his children.
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