Country music breakout star Kane Brown found his place in Hollywood among the Western swing circle after nabbing three 2018 American Music Award and a top Billboard 200 spot with his Experiment album this year.
But before reaching these milestone achievements, Brown’s path to finding himself proved to be far more challenging, as he revealed to Peoplemagazine on the topic of race.
“I’m biracial; I didn’t know that until I was 7 or 8 years old,” he shared. “I thought I was full white, which honestly, I can’t even really say because I didn’t see colors.” Peoplefurther explained that Brown was born to and raised by his white mother Tabatha, as his part-Black and Cherokee father was absent in his life.
He added that though he’d already discovered that he was biracial, he “wasn’t thinking anything of it.” Once the “Homesick” singer was introduced to the n-word, however, it added an unfamiliar weight onto him. “…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.”
“They just made me stronger,” Brown explained. “I guess it was God. Hopefully I can help kids and they can end up being stronger in the long run, too.”
Read his full People profile where he explains the controversy here.
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