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After his son Grayson was cruelly trolled on social media, Aston Merrygold has revealed his own experiences of racist abuse helped him prepare for when it happened.
The dad-of-two, who previously took part on The Masked Singer, said vile comments aimed at his baby boy have helped him become "more protective" of him.
While speaking on Netmum's Sweat, Snot & Tears podcast, the 33-year-old explained: "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."
The singer went on to say that because he manages the Instagram account that received the comments, he feels as though the horrible messages were actually meant for him.
He continued: "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.
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"This is an Instagram that we run that, especially in lockdown, we're like, we wanna show 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," Aston shared.
"So when stuff like this is posted, harmful comments that are posted under pictures and stuff, I know that's not sent for Grayson, that's sent for me!
"Only an absolute moron would think that a three year old is scrolling through Instagram and going, 'I'm gonna post this picture'.
"It says in the account, managed by me and Sarah. So it's aimed at me."
Aston's comments come as he signed a new record deal with JLS eight years after initially parting ways.
The former X Factor star, who transformed his house into a soft play centre for his son's birthday, has re-joined forces with his bandmates and will be embarking on a tour in October and November.
The group of four were inititally supposed to reunite in 2020 for a greatest hits reunion tour, but the idea was scrapped because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
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