Singer Peter Andre has debuted a new hairstyle and candidly admitted the reason why he never embraced his natural curls before is because he was “picked on as a kid”.
Turning to his 1.2million followers, the Mysterious Girl singer showed a rare photo of him with his natal curly locks and asked his followers to vote on if he should embrace his natural hair.
Sharing the snap on his Instagram story, 46 year old Peter wrote: “Shall I wear my hair naturally curly tonight?” and added a poll for fans to vote below.
He then explained in a later video: “Do you know, for so many years, I would never wear my hair curly because I got picked on as a kid. But, I don’t know, I’m trying to adopt them, I think if I just grow it a bit longer, what do you reckon?”
He added: “Thing is I know it’s gotta be that I’m comfortable with it but, at the moment I’m not comfortable with my hair curly. Pretty long, eh?”
Dad of four Peter, who is currently in Monaco for an event, is known for his straight locks and sleek hairstyles.
The singer played with the idea of embracing his natural locks last week with another Instagram photo.
Peter shared a close up sneak peek photo of his curly hair and wrote in the caption: “#mysteriouscurl in full force today”.
The singer, who is married to Emily Andrea, has previously opened up about the horrific bullying he experienced as a child, which left him feeling suicidal.
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In a video for Anti Bully Pro, a charity which hopes to reduce bullying in schools, Peter opened up about his experience of bullying when he lived in Australia as a child.
He said: “Imagine being in this place that’s got the sunshine, got the beach, got everything you can imagine, but you’re at school and no-one want to talk to you. No one wants to associate themselves with you.”
He explained he was singled out because of his Greek-Cypriot heritage, adding: “When you're a kid with dark hair, dark eyes, strong English accent, much bigger nose than the kids around you, I was an outcast like you wouldn't believe.
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“I mean, I couldn't have stuck out more. The term they used in Australia at the time was ‘w*g’. ‘W*g’ was used for Greeks, for Italians, people from the Mediterranean. I mean, it happened instantly. Instantly. In our neighbourhood, where we moved into, you'd walk down the street and they'd go, 'Get outta here, w*g!’ That's what it was like.”
Peter said the abuse was not only verbal, but physical, too. Looking back on one indecent, the singer said: “I remember a kid asking me what I liked and I said, 'Football', and they said, 'What do you mean, football? Like, American football?'
“And I said, 'No football', and I was showing them and they went, 'Soccer?'
“I went, 'Yeah', and they all started laughing at me. I will never forget this. That day I got beaten up because I liked a sport called soccer which, apparently, was a girls' sport.”
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