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Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock fights back tears during emotional speech about 'being silenced'

Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock fights back tears during emotional speech about 'being silenced'

‘Don’t be afraid to use your voice’: Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock fights back tears during moving speech on ‘being silenced’ at One Young World Summit in Manchester

  • The singer, 30, spoke candidly during a session called Investing in Equality and urged listeners not to be ‘silent’
  • “Don’t let anyone shut you up, if you know you’re doing a good thing go for it and don’t be afraid to use your voice,” she said.

Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock was on the verge of tears as she gave an emotional speech at the One Young World Summit in Manchester on Thursday.

The singer, 30, spoke candidly during a session called Investing in Equality and urged listeners not to be “silent”.

Leigh-Anne told fans in an impassioned speech, “Don’t be afraid to use your voice.”

‘Don’t be afraid to use your voice’: Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock was on the verge of tears as she delivered a moving speech at the One Young World Summit in Manchester on Thursday

“Don’t let anyone shut you up, if you know you’re doing a good thing go for it and don’t be afraid to use your voice,” she said.

“You were given a voice for a reason.”

Leigh-Anne added that she and her bandmates Little Mix have always hoped to inspire others through their music and platform.

“I’ll never forget my first writing session with Little Mix,” she said. “We always knew we wanted to inspire people through our music.

“It’s something I hope to continue in my solo career and in everything I do in the future.”

Close to her heart: The singer, 30, spoke candidly during a session called Investing in Equality and urged listeners not to be

Close to her heart: The singer, 30, spoke candidly during a session called Investing in Equality and urged listeners not to be ‘silent’

Philanthropy: Leigh-Anne has a scholarship program with One Young World – with two recipients appearing at the top with her, Ebinehita Iyre (pictured) and Shaniqua Benjamin

Philanthropy: Leigh-Anne has a scholarship program with One Young World – with two recipients appearing at the top with her, Ebinehita Iyre (pictured) and Shaniqua Benjamin

“Don’t let anyone shut you up, if you know you’re doing a good thing go for it and don’t be afraid to use your voice,” Leigh-Anne said.

She added: “I have a voice, I have a platform and I will continue to use it.”

Leigh-Anne has a fellowship program with One Young World – with two recipients coming to the top with her, Ebinehita Iyre, founder of Milk Honey Bees, and Shaniqua Benjamin, poet laureate from Croydon.

The star created the Investing in Equality Fellowship to “recognize and extend the work of young leaders who have demonstrated their impact in dismantling racial injustice through creative expression and evolutionary activism.”

Since the split from Little Mix, Leigh-Anne has been busy writing solo music with Tayla Parx, one of the co-writers of the girl group’s single Sweet Melody.

She gave birth to twins – her children with footballer fiancé Andre Gray, 31 – in August 2021, but has never publicly revealed their gender or name.

A good cause: The star added that she and her bandmates Little Mix have always hoped to inspire others through their music and platform

A good cause: The star added that she and her bandmates Little Mix have always hoped to inspire others through their music and platform

Helping others: The musician created the Investing in Equality Fellowship to

Helping others: The musician created the Investing in Equality Fellowship to ‘recognize the work of young leaders who have demonstrated their impact in dismantling racial injustice’

On Monday, Meghan Markle gave a seven-minute speech on gender equality at the summit.

In her speech, the Duchess of Sussex spoke about Prince Harry and the “life-changing” impact of becoming a mother to Archie.

She also tried to inspire listeners to bring about change in the world.

“We often hear people say, ‘The time has come,’ but I’ll double that by saying your time has come. Important work can’t wait until tomorrow,’ Meghan said.

“And this week, the world is watching as you cement your place in history by showcasing the good you are doing today, in the moment, as we embrace the present moment to create a better tomorrow. “

Key speaker: On Monday, Meghan Markle gave a seven-minute speech on gender equality at the summit

Key speaker: On Monday, Meghan Markle gave a seven-minute speech on gender equality at the summit

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