An emotional Lewis Hamilton bares his soul as he reveals the most traumatic part of his life

Lewis Hamilton’s appearance on Jay Shetty’s podcast got him talking about a part of his life that not many knew.

The Mercedes driver spoke openly about how traumatizing it was for him growing up. Hamilton explained that he was one of the few black kids in school and everyone at school must have felt alienated all the time.

The Mercedes driver said in detailing one of the most traumatic parts of his life:

“I think school was the most traumatic and difficult part of my life for me. I was bullied when I was 6 years old. I think at the time at this particular school I was probably one of three colored kids and only bigger stronger bullying kids were throwing me around all the time. I’ve always been the last choice when you’re on the pitch and you stand in line when they pick teams for football.”

He added:

“I was always the last chosen or not at all chosen. Even if I was better than someone else. And then the constant jabs, the stuff that gets thrown at you like bananas or people who would just use the N-word so casually, people calling you ‘half-breed’ and you know just not knowing where I fit in should, that was difficult for me.”

Hamilton pointed out that even the principal wasn’t very supportive of the black kids in the school. Quite often all three would be out front to get a punishment. He said:

“Then when you go to history class and everything you learn history, in the history that they taught us, there are no people of color. So I thought where were the people who looked like me and in my school there was only around 7 or 6 black kids out of 1200 kids and 3 of us got put in front of the principal’s office all the time. The Headmaster was just after us and especially me I would say.”

Lewis Hamilton only discovered he was dyslexic at the age of 16

Lewis Hamilton said he struggled at school and that made things worse for him.

It wasn’t until he was 16 that he discovered he was dyslexic. Luckily he found a good teacher who believed him and guided him through his education. He said:

“I had problems at school. I didn’t find out I was dyslexic until I was 16. Luckily I came across a teacher who cared about me and got me on this path and helped me learn a little bit more about myself and how I can improve myself through education, but I think that was hard for me.”

Hamilton’s interview on Jay Shetty’s podcast is arguably something he should have put out much sooner, but it’s great to see him showing the side of his upbringing that the world doesn’t know.

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