This Morning's Holly Willoughby fights back tears as Tan France reveals he was beaten up and left for dead aged five
19th April 2022

HOLLY Willoughby fought back tears on today’s This Morning as TV star Tan France opened up about the horrifying racism he suffered as a child.

Tan, who appeared on the show to talk about his new documentary on colourism, revealed her was beaten up and left for dead when he was just five years old.

The Queer Eye star was living in Doncaster at the time and said a group of men attacked him on his way to school because he is Pakistani.

Tan now lives Salt Lake City, Utah, with his husband Rob and their son Ismail.

He explained: “It’s the reason I don’t live in the UK now. I was working to school, I was on my own. It was literally a block away, not even two minutes.

“My mum was working every hours that god sends, she was an immigrant, my brother who would normally got to school with me was sick, so I had to walk alone. A group of men beat me and left me for dead.  It was purely because I was a Pakistani in England.”

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Phil revealed his shock and Tan continued: “It was common, it happened very regularly.

"Part of the reason I wanted to bleach is because I wanted people not to realise at first glance that I was Asian, I thought maybe if they just thought I was foreign they would leave me alone.”

Fighting back tears, Holly said: “I’m so sorry that’s horrible.”

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Tan said: “When you have kids you start to realise how disgusting it is. When I was a kid I thought ‘it’s just a matter of fact’.”

Devastated, Holly told him: “You don’t have to have kids to realise that’s disgusting.”

Tan is now most famous for being the fashion expert for the Netflix series Queer Eye.

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