Greek Cypriot singer and TV personality Peter Andre revealed recently he taught his children Greek so they can communicate with their grandparents.
Andre, born Peter James Andrea in London, recalled the moment his mother chatted with his son. Writing in his new magazine column, he explained Junior, 17, was able to give his grandmother Thea hugs and compliment her because of his knowledge of the language.
He said, “It’s so sweet as it proves love really is an international language. The joy my mum had when the kids were around was incredible.”
Andre, 49, added that it was hard to leave his mother and father, who is turning 90 in July, but he said, “I’m so happy that we were able to make some great memories.”
Peter Andre and racist abuse because of his Greek roots
Peter Andre’s parents have been settled on Australia’s Gold Coast since he was nine. He recently opened up about the vile abuse he received at the hands of racists while growing up with his Greek parents in Australia.
The singer said he and his Greek parents have faced racism for years and that people are finally waking up to this horrific side of the world.
Andre was born in Harrow in northwest London to Greek Cypriot parents. However, he says his family faced instances of racism for years after they moved from London to Australia when he was only seven years of age.
This wasn’t the first time Andre has spoken out about the racial abuse he experienced in Australia as a result of his Greek ethnicity.
In a candid video for the youth charity “The Diana Award’s #Back2School” campaign in 2019, Andre said that as soon as he started school in Australia, he was bombarded with horrible verbal abuse by classmates, teachers, and even neighbors, who mocked his appearance and Greek-Cypriot heritage.
He also revealed he contemplated suicide at one point, saying “Did I ever contemplate ending it? Yeah. In that period of time, yeah.”