Darnell relives torment

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 June 2008

Darnell outside in the sun

Darnell cried as he relived the torment he suffered in prison.

The US songwriter – who suffers from albinism, a hereditary congenital disorder, which leaves sufferers completely white due to a lack of melanin pigment in the eyes, skin and hair – said inmates wanted to beat him up because he had a pretty girlfriend.

He said: "They felt like I didn’t deserve her. ‘Why does a guy who looks like that have a girl that looks like that?’ Everybody I’m with has to deal with the fact that I’m albino."

Darnell served time for gang culture related crimes but has since returned to the UK – where he was born - and now spends much of his time mentoring community youth groups in North London.

He told fellow housemate Mikey – who is completely blind – that others in the house may feel they have to like him because of his condition.

He said: “At the moment people assume that you're a good person but they don't know. You might be a piece of trash."

He added: "I stayed away from you at first because I'm so miserable and bitter about it. I don't want to poison you with the fact that I feel this way."

Excitable Thai cookie-muncher Kathreya tried to cheer him up.

She said: "Come to Thailand - everybody wants to be white. We believe that if you have white skin you come from a good family because you don't have to work in a field or do labouring."

© BANG Media International

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