Jade Thirlwall, one quarter of pop-sensation Little Mix, is reconnecting with her Arab roots, she has said in a recent interview. Jade, whose maternal grandfather is Yemeni and maternal grandmother Egyptian, has opened up to Vogue Arabia about being bullied into being ashamed of her Arab heritage and how she is now working to show her Arabian side more.
“I had suppressed who I was because I wasn’t proud”, Jade said, “I had been bullied into thinking I should be ashamed of my identity, so I didn’t talk enough about my heritage in interviews. It makes me sad to think about it now”.
In the interview she expressed that she wants to represent her Arab heritage more now, and that she embraced it less when she was growing up due to a lack of culture. “When I was younger, I didn’t see enough representation of Arabs in magazines or no TV, and when I saw people who looked like my granddad they were always misrepresented. I regret now that I didn’t talk about it more, but I was young and scared. I’m trying to make up for it now”, Jade explained.
The beauty also opened up about her childhood, saying that her grandfather used to play her Arabic music when she was younger. She is trying to re-connect with her Arabian roots and has started to learn Arabic. “As an adult I’m connecting more with my Arab side – it’s a shame that it’s taken me until now to understand that. Being Arab is a beautiful thing”, she said. You can say that again, Jade!