Aston Merrygold has opened up about his experience with racism, and explained how it helped him deal with racist comments his son Grayson has been subjected to by Trolls.
The JLS star, 33, said that the vile remarks have helped him to become 'more protective' of his three-year-old child, and that he was 'always ready' for his biracial son to be targeted due to the racism he himself experienced.
Aston explained that he also knows these comments are aimed more specifically at him rather than Grayson, as he clearly runs the tot's Instagram account.
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As well as Grayson, Aston is also father to son Macaulay, 11 months, with partner Sarah Louise Richards.
Speaking on Netmum's Sweat, Snot & Tears podcast, he said: 'The comments that were received online definitely didn't make us feel like we wanted to hide away or restrict anything that we post. To be honest, it made me more protective.
'I was always ready for that to happen. The only reason I would say I would be prepared for it is because of me going through racism through childhood, adulthood, on a daily basis, you see stuff, it's as clear as day.
'You know I've gained my knowledge, I've gained my experience, and I know how to kind of handle that and how I want to handle that.'
Protective: The JLS star, 33, said the vile remarks have helped him to become 'more protective' of son Grayson (pictured along with partner Sarah Louise Richards and son Macaulay)
He went on: 'Getting those kind of comments at this age, it was a bit like, "I'm never gonna". Firstly, it's obviously not his [Grayson's] Instagram.
'This is an Instagram that we run that, especially in lockdown, we're like, we wanna show his progress. Our families don't get to see that, our friends don't get to see that, so that was the point in us posting a bit more stuff.
'So when stuff like that is posted, harmful comments that are posted under pictures and stuff, I know that's not sent for Grayson, that's sent