Formula 1 super star Lewis Hamilton is opening up on the bigotry and bullying he dealt with as a kid … stating his schoolmates called him the N-word throughout “the most traumatizing and most difficult part of my life.”
The 7-time world champ made an unusual podcast look with “On Purpose with Jay Shetty” today … where he discussed the effect his youth experiences had on his life.
“I was already being bullied at the age of six,” Hamilton stated. “I think at the time of that particular school, I was probably one of three kids of color and just bigger and stronger bullying kids were throwing me around a lot of the time.”
“I was always the last picked, you know, when you’re standing at the playground, and you’re in the line of when they’re picking teams for football, I was always the last one chosen, or not even chosen, even if I was better than somebody else.”
38-year-old Hamilton — who is mixed-race — stated the method his peers treated him made him question his identity and sense of belonging … declaring individuals even tossed bananas at him and utilized the N-word “just so relaxed.”
“People calling you half cast and, you know, just really not knowing where you fit in,” he included.
“That, for me, was difficult. When you then enter into like history class and whatever you find out in history, there are no images of individuals of color in the history that they were teaching us.”
FYI, Lewis’ daddy, Anthony Hamilton, is Black and of Grenadian descent, and his mom, Carmen Larbalestier, is White British, coming from Birmingham in England.
Hamilton, a popular supporter versus bigotry and champ of variety in motorsport, reduced the injuries he was experiencing … however stated racing assisted him transport his feelings appropriately.
“I didn’t want my dad to think I was not strong,” he stated. “And so, I would, if I had tears, I would hold them back. If I had emotions, it would be in a quiet place.”
“It wasn’t really ’til I started racing that I was able to channel this emotion that I had into my driving,” Hamilton stated. “And, it’s like when I put this helmet on, Superman was my favorite. I loved how he fought for the people, and I loved how he did the right things.”
“And, he was a really inspiring character for me. But again, no superhero was of color, so, you know, but you can still aspire to be someone that’s if they don’t look like you, you know?”
Hamilton is now committed to utilizing his platform for excellent … consisting of promoting variety throughout the sport he’s been controling for many years.