In an interview, the actress and comedienne described how her marriage to Lenny Henry, the comedian, prompted a racist response from some members of the public, and that her daughter, Billie, 21, was still subjected to racist taunts.
Speaking about her marriage to Henry, which ended in 2010, French said: “I think the reason why a lot of people invested in it was because it was a black man and a white woman and lots of racism came hurling at us and we tried not to be too bothered about that.
“But he lived and probably still lives, with a certain amount of that at all times, and I’ve got a mixed-race daughter, who also lives with a certain amount of it at all times, and it’s shocking.”
In the interview for Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, French, 55, spoke of her sadness at splitting amicably from Henry following 25 years marriage and her fear of having to contemplate dating again as a single woman in her early fifties.
“Obviously you don’t get divorced without a certain amount of sadness,” she said. “We knew the marriage was untenable.
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