Countryfiles Anita Rani shares pain after the P-bomb was dropped during work outing07/03/2021
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Countryfile host Anita Rani has bravely spoken out about growing up in a first-generation Punjabi immigrant family in the 80s. Sadly, Anita admitted that she had a brush with racism not so long ago, while at a work event.
I hate it, I hate the way it makes me feel, the memories it conjures up.
The television presenter, 43, was raised in Bradford, West Yorkshire, by parents Lakhbir Kaur and Balvinder Singh Nazran.
The presenter lived a somewhat affluent life, defying the odds and attending a private school alongside her brother.
Anita notes that this was her parents’ subtle way of “giving them a boost” by “infiltrating the system”.
However, while she lived a life that some could only dream of, behind closed doors it was a completely different story.
While growing up in West Yorkshire, Anita was constantly surrounded by derogatory terms, including “P**i” and “P**i s**gs”, which were hurled towards her and her aunties.
She said: “I hate it, I hate the way it makes me feel, the memories it conjures up.”
In a new interview, Anita told The Times that she had been out with work colleagues “not that long ago” when a person in the group used “the p-bomb”.
“Right to my face,” she told the publication.
While Anita refused to disclose the colleague or organisation, she explained: “What I will say is that it wasn’t even the fact that the word was slung at me, or that no one else responded.
“It was my own reaction that really spun me out.”
Anita admits to laughing the incident off before going home and being left in fits of rage at herself for not acting on her anger.
She revealed she regrets not telling the person “that there is no context, none whatsoever, where it’s OK to say that to me”.
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The star, who now resides in east London, adds that she questioned herself, asking if she was “that needy and desperate” to be accepted.
Anita has also bravely opened up about her battle with self-harm during her teenage years, saying she managed to find “control” while harming herself.
“I felt alive and present and, in those moments, thought about nothing else.
“Nothing, I just focused on the pain and the blood and it was a sweet relief from the rest of my life,” she told You Magazine.
Discussing her autobiography, The Right Sort Of Girl, she noted that her husband Bhupinder had encouraged her to be completely honest about her feelings.
Last week, she admitted that she was both “nervous and excited” about her latest career move.
Sharing on her Instagram page, she said: “The first time I’ve held a physical copy of my book The Right Sort of Girl. I had to capture the moment. Rafi literally couldn’t care less.”
Anita continued: “Both nervous and excited about its release. Young Anita, who loved writing, would not believe this moment happened in her life.”
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