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    Peter Andre revealed he suffered racist abuse from a teacher while growing up in Australia

    The 47-year-old star - who has Cypriot heritage - has opened up about the cruel bullying he dealt with as a child, and which included being physically assaulted by other pupils

    Speaking on 'Life With The Andres' on The Sun newspaper's YouTube channel, he said: "We suffered racism bad as kids and called greasy w***. I was beaten quite a few times from kids at the school."

    Peter also recalled the moment he saw a teacher years later, and the man - who used a slur against him at school - said he was "so proud" of the reality star's career.

    He added: "Even one of the teacher's at school that used to call me a greasy w**, I saw him years later.

    "He was like, 'Ah mate, I'm so proud of you.' And I was like, 'Of course, don't worry about it.' "

    Peter commented on the issues with racism in society, and admitted he even styles his hair in a certain way to avoid reminding himself of the abuse he suffered.

    He explained: "The problem is, you've got some people that have an in built hatred for cultures.

    "To this day, I do not wear my hair curly purely because every time I look in the mirror, I see what those kids used to call me.

    "Even now, at 47 years old - you think I'd be over it."

    Peter previously opened up on the moment he realised he was "finished" at school with teachers and other children "picking on" him.

    He said: "I remember going up to the teacher and he said, 'What do you want?' I said, 'I'm going to be in your class next year.

    "He said, 'Yeah, I've never had a greasy w** in my class. Greasy w*** don't do well in my class. You're going to sit up the back, right?'

    "Now instantly, I knew then, I was finished. I had the kids at school picking on me, the teachers picking on me."

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