Terry Hall: ‘At 12 I got abducted by a paedophile ring’

The Specials singer Terry Hall has said he was kidnapped in France as a child.

“At 12 I got abducted by a paedophile ring in France and that was a real eye-opener,” he told Richard Herring on his podcast.

The 59-year-old said he lived with depression as a result and dropped out of education at 14.

AUSTRALIA: Don’t tell me I’m ‘too pretty to be Aboriginal’. It’s not a compliment; it’s racism

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I was 11 years old when my best friend’s sister approached me at her birthday party. She asked me what my nationality was; when I told her, she replied, “You’re too pretty to be Aboriginal.”

A cloud of shame washed over me. Two adults standing nearby muttered “Aboriginal!” in a condescending tone which signalled to me that being Aboriginal was somehow dirty. I stood there humiliated. Until this moment, I hadn’t known that I was the only Aboriginal child at the party. It shouldn’t have mattered.