YOUTUBER Nella Rose was embroiled in a shocking race row just a few years ago.
The 24-year-old, who is taking part in this series of I’m A Celebrity, was forced to apologise after a series of offensive tweets were unearthed.
The hurtful colourist messages were posted between 2012 and 2016, starting when she was around 12 years old.
Nella, who has a million followers on TikTok, almost 800,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel and 892,000 on Instagram, apologised for her comments in 2020.
In a lengthy video she described herself as being ‘anti-black’ at the time and admitted that she ‘hated being black and African’ while at school.
She said: “I cannot explain how sorry I am for those tweets. Borderline those tweets were terrible, I’m not going to lie to you.
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“They were terrible but I’m not going to come on here and be like ‘I was 12, I was 13, I was immature, I was the product of my environment’.
“Two wrongs don’t make a right. I was foul mouthed. I was rude. I was dead wrong. I was ignorant, I’m not going to lie. I was anti-black and it’s weird to say because obviously I’m black but I was anti-black.”
Nella continued: “When I was growing up, living in London, it’s not that I hated being black, but I hated being African. When you’re in year seven, year eight and stuff like that, Africans were always getting cussed.’
“People were getting cussed for having big lips, I was getting cussed for my nose and having picky hair. I was so ashamed of being African that when it came to bringing packed lunch in, I didn’t want to because I was scared that I would stink up the place.
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“I genuinely sat there and believed by cussing Somalian people, I would turn the attention of what people were saying about me. I don’t even know how I thought that was acceptable.”
The Sun revealed last week that Nella is taking part in I’m A Celebrity and she has already arrived in Australia to take part.
As well as being huge on social media, Nella – who is originally from Belgium – has hosted MTV’s Catfish UK.
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