High Wycombe-born singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock has been lauded for challenging her fiancé Andre Gray over recently resurfaced derogatory comments he made about dark-skinned women.

The Little Mix star called out Andre on her BBC documentary Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop & Power after tweets he put out in 2012, in which he compared dark-skinned women wearing red lipstick to “burnt toast with jam on it”, re-emerged.

Leigh-Anne says she was made to feel “a bit sick” over resurfaced tweets posted by Andre in 2012, one of which read: “Black girls with red lip stick is like burnt toast with jam on it #leaaaaveityeahhhhh.”

Sitting Andre down to speak to him in the documentary, Leigh-Anne said: “I will never know what it feels like to be a dark-skinned woman but seeing those tweets really made me feel a bit sick.

“I was really upset because I was just like, ‘Who is this person? This is horrible’. That wasn’t the person I knew.”

The 29-year-old singer, who announced she is expecting her first child with the footballer with stunning portraits, added: “When they surfaced, my heart sank.

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“I was just like ‘that is not the person that I met. It sounds like a child, like a silly child’.”

The Watford striker replied: “This is what happens when you’re kids. You do become a product of your environment.

“So whatever you are around every day, and you're not educated on it, or exposed to why it’s wrong, then it kind of sticks.”

He added: “There's no excuse at all, when it all came out and stuff, like obviously I was embarrassed, ashamed, disappointed, at the same time...I had to be a man about it.”

Leigh-Anne then reminded him their child “could come out darker than us, like, you just don’t know”.

Bucks Free Press: Leigh-Anne speaks to her fiance Andre Gray. Picture: BBCLeigh-Anne speaks to her fiance Andre Gray. Picture: BBC

The powerful scene aired on BBC One on Thursday, with fans taking to Twitter afterwards to praise her for speaking out.

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One said: “Watching Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop and Power was so powerful... she is so amazing to have come out and said and did what she said and did, and her, Sairah and Andre have done such an amazing thing by creating The Black Fund #ProudOfLeighAnne #LeighAnne.”

Another commented: “Leigh-Anne having THE conversation with Andre. She is just, wow. Everyone needs to watch Race, pop & Power,” while one added: “It makes me so happy that instead of ignoring Andre's past tweets.

“Leigh-Anne called him out for his past colourism, and they discussed together how wrong it was. It’s so important to have these discussions with friends or family that have made racist comments.”