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Lewis Hamilton admits he was ‘stupid’ for mocking nephew wearing ‘princess dress’

He faced a social media backlash after sharing a controversial Instagram video of himself chastising his nephew for wearing a ‘princess dress’ in 2017.

And five years later, Lewis Hamilton has reflected on his ‘stupid’ and ‘ignorant’ behaviour, which he has blamed on his ‘upbringing coming out’.

The racing driver, 37, also confessed he cried alone in his bedroom after suffering shocking racist abuse during his youth, including one notable attack in Newcastle. 

Appearing on the cover of Vanity Fair’s September 2022 issue, a shirtless Lewis showed off his toned torso while posing for a sultry bathtub shot – before changing into an eye-popping pink Valentino ensemble.

Candid:  Lewis Hamilton has discussed the social media backlash he faced after sharing a controversial Instagram video of himself chastising his nephew for wearing a ‘princess dress’ in 2017, in a candid chat with Vanity Fai

On Christmas Day, the racing driver, an avid user on social media, took to his Instagram account to publicly highlight the youngster’s choice of attire.

His nephew had opted to don a pink and purple princess dress for the big day, and looked chuffed with his costume while waving around a pink wand.

But Lewis questioned the outfit, and jokingly criticised the young boy, captioning the post using an embarrassed monkey emoji, which said: ‘I’m so sad right now — look at my nephew.’

He then asked the youngster: ‘Why are you wearing a princess dress? Is this what you got for Christmas?’ Why did you ask for a princess dress for Christmas?’

Style: Appearing on the cover of Vanity Fair 's September 2022 issue, a shirtless Lewis showed off his toned torso while posing for a sultry bathtub shot - before changing into an eye-popping pink Valentino ensemble

Style: Appearing on the cover of Vanity Fair ‘s September 2022 issue, a shirtless Lewis showed off his toned torso while posing for a sultry bathtub shot – before changing into an eye-popping pink Valentino ensemble

He then shouted ‘Boys don’t wear princess dresses!’ before the youngster covered his ears with his hands and turned away.

Looking back at the controversy, having issued an apology at the time, Lewis said: ‘That was so stupid. I realized that a lot of my upbringing was coming out. I went with just an ignorant moment. And I straightaway realized that that’s not actually how I feel deep inside.’

‘I realized that was wrong. And so then finding ways of not necessarily undoing it, but showing that community that I support them. It’s difficult in today’s world. It’s difficult to undo things.’

Elsewhere in the interview, Lewis spoke up about the horrifying racist abuse he faced as a child, recalling one particular incident where he was physically attacked by a father-and-son duo, who he had never met before.

Backlash: On Christmas Day, the racing driver, an avid user on social media, took to his Instagram account to publicly highlight the youngster's choice of attire

Backlash: On Christmas Day, the racing driver, an avid user on social media, took to his Instagram account to publicly highlight the youngster’s choice of attire

The model claimed the pair kicked him to the ground and shouted, ‘Go back to your own country,’ describing the ordeal as ‘terrifying’ and confusing since he had been born in the UK.

He told the magazine that he struggled to tell his parents about his experiences with discrimination since he believed his white mum Carmen, now, 67, ‘wouldn’t understand’ while his Black dad Anthony, now 66, would ‘think I was a wuss’.

Lewis explained: ‘You know, I didn’t want him to think I couldn’t defend myself. I just remember a lot of times just being alone, just in tears in my room.’

Only recently, Nelson Piquet came under fire over his N-word slur against Lewis.

Candid: Elsewhere in the interview, Lewis spoke up about the horrifying racist abuse he faced as a child (pictured ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix last month)

Candid: Elsewhere in the interview, Lewis spoke up about the horrifying racist abuse he faced as a child (pictured ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix last month)

In July, a video was released showing former Formula 1 world champion Piquet calling the Stevenage-native the N-word in an interview, and has since apologised ‘wholeheartedly’ while insisting his words had been mistranslated.

Bernie Ecclestone, who is a long-time friend of the Brazilian’s came out in defence of him on Good Morning Britain, saying Lewis should ‘brush aside’ the racial slur and ‘be happy’ with the apology.

His former colleagues were quick to distance themselves from his remarks, with F1 releasing a statement to say they were ‘in very stark contrast to the position of the modern values of our sport.’

Read the full interview in the September issue of Vanity Fair, on sale now. 

Tough time: He told the magazine that he struggled to tell his parents about his experiences with discrimination

Tough time: He told the magazine that he struggled to tell his parents about his experiences with discrimination

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