Kane Brown On Learning He Was Biracial at 7, Being Called the 'N-Word': 'I Got in Fights Over it'

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The breakout nation star mentioned his upbringing with ‘People.’

Recent Billboard cowl star Kane Brown has earned loads of consideration for being one of many uncommon nonwhite faces on Music Row. But in a brand new interview with People journal, the Experiment star opens up a few troublesome childhood throughout which he was regularly known as the N-word at a time when he was simply starting to grasp what being biracial meant.

“I’m biracial; I didn’t know that till I used to be 7 or eight years outdated,” the 25 year-old singer — whose mom, Tabatha, is white, and father (who was not in his life) is an element black and half Cherokee — informed the journal. “I assumed I used to be full white, which actually, I can’t even actually say as a result of I didn’t see colours.” That made it all of the extra complicated when college students at his Georgia center college began making enjoyable of his pores and skin colour.

“I discovered that I used to be biracial and I nonetheless wasn’t considering something of it, however then I began getting known as the N-word,” he stated. “I didn’t even know what it meant. I realized what it meant, and that’s when it began affecting me. I received in fights over it once I was little.” Brown realized to brush off the cruel feedback and taunts, saying he "simply form of received over it," later channeling his expertise right into a story he hopes will assist different youngsters like him be stronger.  

That doesn't imply, nevertheless, that he had a simple time breaking into the nation music scene. “When I first received into nation, I began getting a few of these feedback like, ‘He’s an N-word.’ Stuff like that,” he says. “I used to screenshot it and put it on Twitter, like, ‘There nonetheless racism on this planet.’ But I didn’t get into nation music simply to show a degree. I attempt to keep away from all negativity.”

His tenacity paid off, as Experiment not too long ago earned Brown his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, changing into simply the third nation album to hit the highest spot on the all-genre 200 chart in 2018, following Carrie Underwood's Cry Pretty and Jason Aldean's Rearview Town.

Read the complete People story right here.