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Leigh-Anne Pinnock has revealed that she was "verbally abused" by a stranger.
The 28 year old, who recently got engaged to footballer Andre Gray, shared a now-deleted note on the official Little Mix Twitter account recalling the event.
She explained that she was doing her food shop at a Waitrose in Sunningdale, Berkshire, when she was involved in the altercation.
In the note, she wrote: "So yesterday I was involved in an altercation where I was verbally abused by a random male customer for no reason. I was left in shock and completely taken back that someone could be so rude to someone for no reason.
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"Despite this ordeal the staff at @waitrose sunningdale ran to my defence showing great kindness and care.
"They demonstrated that every act of wrongfulness unleashes a million acts of kindness and sent me home with these beautiful flowers."
Leigh-Anne, whose bandmates recently opened up on her wedding, added: "I was a blubbering mess by the time I left the shop but I just wanted to say thank you," alongside a red heart emoji.
Since then, hundreds of her fans have flocked to the social media site to start the hashtag #ProtectLeighAnne.
One person wrote: "I can’t understand how people could be rude to somebody without any reason! i just hope you feeling better now cause we care about you and we love you!" [sic]
Another said: "Leigh-Anne Pinnock deserves nothing but love and respect".
While a third added: "fully prepared to chant ‘we love you leigh anne, we do’ at every single chance i get because leigh-anne pinnock deserves the entire world, nothing less". [sic]
It comes as the singer recently broke down in tears in an impassioned speech about racism and how it has affected her music career.
In the heartbreaking video, which Leigh-Anne shared with her 5.7million Instagram followers, the star explained: “I have written some words down because when I speak about my experiences and race in general, I feel like I get sad.”
Leigh-Anne then opened about her decision to speak about how she was “made to feel invisible” because of her race.
She said: “From that interview, some people sympathised, some said nothing but one thing that I took from that experience is that the world did not care enough about race.”
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The singer then revealed how she felt “for the first time in my life” that “racism is the topic of conversation”.
Leigh-Anne revealed her parents are both mixed race and how her grandfathers had “both married white women in a time where interracial relationships were extremely frowned upon”.
The star explained how she “never saw race as a limitation” throughout her childhood but says she felt society had “slept on racism” as the focus was placed on “how far we have come rather than how far we can go”.
She then opened up about her experiences within the band and how she had “the biggest awakening of my life” shortly after joining the band nine years ago.
After taking a deep breath, she explained: “When we were filming Wings, we worked with Frank Gatson. He said to me: ‘You’re the black girl, you have to work ten times harder.’
“Never in my life, had someone told me I need to work harder because of my race. Later on, what Frank Gatson said made sense.”
The stunning star said she had “learnt that the dream of being in the biggest girlband in the world came with its flaws and consequences” including the “existing, underlying racism in the creative industries”.
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Leigh-Anne said she “learned to understand” she “can’t be seen to be too loud or too opinionated” otherwise “you are named a diva or aggressive”.
She added: “You learn that when you walk into a room you are deemed unapproachable or offish before anyone has even approached you.
“You learn that voicing your opinion about the lack of diversity within the industry is like smashing your head against a brick wall.”
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