Her confident and stunning performances at the London 2012 Olympic Opening and Closing ceremonies blew everyone away, but Emile Sande hasn’t always been the most confident of people, especially whilst she was growing up.
Emeli revealed that she struggled to fit in as a mixed-race teenager growing up in a small village in Scotland.
In an interview for The Sunday Times, she said:
Apart from my sister, Lucy, there was nobody else there who looked like me… People knew you in the village. But any surrounding place you’d go to, you become a spectacle. People would stare, and it felt like a big thing.
We didn’t experience racisim of bullying, or anything like that, but I was aware of my difference and it took me a long time to work out where I fitted in. And I think I found a lot of my identity in music… They [her parents] didn’t want to fight my battles; they wanted me to be strong and find my own way to deal with it.
Emeli’s past may have affected her but to be performing at both the opening and closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, we’d say she’s pulled through pretty well.