The breakout country star discussed his upbringing with 'People.'
Recent Billboard cover star Kane Brown has earned plenty of attention for being one of the rare nonwhite faces on Music Row. But in a new interview with People magazine, the Experiment star opens up about a difficult childhood during which he was frequently called the N-word at a time when he was just beginning to understand what being biracial meant.
“I’m biracial; I didn’t know that until I was 7 or 8 years old,” the 25 year-old singer -- whose mother, Tabatha, is white, and father (who was not in his life) is part black and part Cherokee -- told the magazine. “I thought I was full white, which honestly, I can’t even really say because I didn’t see colors.” That made it all the more confusing when students at his Georgia middle school started making fun of his skin color.
“I found out that I was biracial and I still wasn’t thinking anything of it, but then I started getting called the N-word,” he said. “I didn’t even know what it meant. I learned what it meant, and that’s when it started affecting me. I got in fights over it when I was little.” Brown learned to brush off the harsh comments and taunts, saying he "just kind of got over it," later channeling his experience into a story he hopes will help other kids like him be stronger.