Aston Merrygold has revealed vile trolls have sent racist abuse to his young son.
The JLS singer, from Peterborough, shared his heartbreak over the “harmful comments” left on pictures of his family.
He shares Grayson, three, and baby son Macaulay, with his partner Sarah Louise Richards.
Aston, 33, said the comments had made him even more protective of his family, the Mirror reports.
Speaking on the Netmums Sweat, Snot & Tears podcast, Aston said: “We like to share posts of our family, especially during lockdown when you don’t see friends and family very often.
“When harmful comments are written under his pictures, firstly, it’s not his Instagram, it’s our Instagram account.
“So, I know that those racist comments are really meant for me, not Grayson.
“Only an absolute moron would think a three-year-old has his own Instagram account.”
Aston said he suffered racism on a daily basis and spoke of how he would prepare his sons for comments about race as they grew up.
He added “The comments that were received online definitely didn’t make us want to hide away or restrict anything that we post.
“To be honest, it made me more protective if that’s possible.
“I was always ready for this to happen; I went through racism through childhood and adulthood, on a daily basis, it’s there as clear as day.
“I’ve got a thick enough skin to deal with it, I’ve grown up through it, I’ve gained my knowledge, I’ve gained my experience, and I know how to handle it.
“To some people my boys look fully white, to others they will think they look a bit darker, and look like they have some kind of mixed race heritage.
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“Getting them ready for these questions is what I want to do firstly.
“Some people just aren’t going to like you when they look at you. This is the type of people we live among, I’m afraid.”