Leona Lewis tearfully reflects on time racist shop worker told her ‘not to touch’ anything

Leona Lewis fought back tears as she opened up on the racism she had suffered since being in the public eye.

The 35 year old became the first female winner of The X Factor back in 2006, but has now revealed fame didn't stop her from receiving hate based on her race.

Bleeding Love hitmaker Leona says she was targeted while she was shopping with her dad in a high street shop in West London almost 10 years ago.

Taking to Instagram, the stunning singer recounted the horrific moment on Instagram to her 662,000 followers.

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She began: "A few years ago, my dad and I were on a high street in London.

"At the time, my management company was in Fulham, so we were walking around the area after a meeting.

"I didn't realise at the time that all of the other customers were white. Me and my dad were the only black people."


She continued to say the shop owner was "hovering" around her and her dad Aural, adding: "Eventually, she came up to my dad and I and said, 'You need to put that stuff down, you’re not allowed to touch it'.

"Every other person was picking stuff up, looking at it. I immediately knew what was happening and I asked her, 'Why? Everyone else is picking stuff up'.

'Why do we have to put stuff down? We're just looking at it, I'm probably going to buy it'."

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Leona said the shop owner then asked her and her dad to leave the store, threatening to call the police if they didn't.

"It sparked a rage in me. I started saying, 'No, I'm not going to put it down, I'm going to buy it. Why are you targeting us?

"[By now it was just] me, this woman, and my dad in the store. And… she became really defensive, really agitated, and ran behind the counter. She said she was going to call the police on us if we didn’t leave.

"I couldn’t calm down because I was so angry. I knew what this woman was doing to us. But my dad has been in positions like this before and he knew that I needed to make myself smaller. And that just enraged me even more.

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"He managed to get me to leave the store. And I sat in the car that was parked around the corner, and I just sobbed, absolutely sobbed.

"And my dad came out, grabbed something from the car, and went back into the shop," she then revealed it was one of her chart-topping daughter's CDs that he took into the shop.

The shop worker then followed Aural back to the car, and said to Leona: 'I'm so so sorry, I'm so sorry, I didn't know who you were'."

Leona added: "I confronted her and said, 'You are racist. You're a racist. You targeted me and my dad, you wanted to throw us out of the store because we're black. You're racist'."

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