he's french. Cameroonian roots as he says in interviews.
He talks about in interviews how he felt different cuz he was the darkest in the family
"He was also much darker-skinned than everyone else in his family. “You know, I felt I wasn’t French. My family was very French and so I decided they had probably adopted me. But instead of feeling it was terrible and that I was an outsider who had to go and find my real family, I invented my own history, full of characters from Egypt because I was very into the pharaohs.
The sense of difference was liberating rather than isolating. “I thought it was a great thing,” he says. “People tend to fear the ghosts in their own family. You feel these family curses and think if it happened to my father, it could happen to me. I had none of that so I could be anything. I pictured myself as an alien in this super nice family. It drove my imagination. When I eventually met my cousins on my father’s side and saw they looked exactly like me, I was so disappointed.””
and his experience on racism
“The staff went crazy,” he tells me. “One guy grabbed my friend by her hair and started calling her a little bitch. I took my fist to him, and he screamed, ‘Don’t you dare touch a white guy or I’ll crush your nose even more flat than it is’”. I wasn’t in a black or mixed race family, so I had no experience of racism. But still, I was different.” He was so young at the time. What did he do? “For a few days I wanted to go back there and kill them,” he admits. “I was full of anger.”
Edited by SoutherNtellect - Oct 25 2013 at 12:45pm