Country music singer Kane Brown once thought that he was fully white.
In an interview with PEOPLE, the biracial crooner opened up about his upbringing and revealed that he had no idea that he was not completely caucasian.
“I’m biracial; I didn’t know that until I was 7 or 8 years old,” the country newcomer, 25, tells PEOPLE. “I thought I was full white, which honestly, I can’t even really say because I didn’t see colors.”
Kane's mother is white but his father is Black and Cherokee. He explained the shock of receiving racial slurs at middle school.
“I found out that I was biracial and I still wasn’t thinking anything of it, but then I started getting called the N-word,” he says. “I didn’t even know what it meant. I learned what it meant, and that’s when it started affecting me. I got in fights over it when I was little.”
“I just kind of got over it,” he continued. “They just made me stronger. I guess it was God. Hopefully I can help kids and they can end up being stronger in the long run, too.”
He also revealed that he faced similar discrimination since his rise in the country music scene.
The Georgia native's sophomore album, Experiment debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the third country release to earn the spot in 2018.
This is why we cannot raise our children to not see color. It's a sad reality, but Black children in America need to be prepared for what's out there in the real world.