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X Factor's Cher Lloyd is standing up for her Romani heritage and says she's "proud" to be a gypsy!

After revealing that she lived in a caravan with her parents and wore hand-me-downs given to her by her Romani aunt, she wants the world to know that she's "never going to forget [her] heritage, no matter what."

She also admitted that she was bullied for her gypsy roots and was labeled the racist term, "pikey," by her classmates.

Cher adds:

"I hate that people can say you’re a pikey and it’s not even considered racist. Romanies haven’t had much of a chance to speak up or be in the public eye – I want to make a start."

Good for you, Cher! We're proud of you for standing up for who you are! The world definitely needs more people like you.

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55 comments to “Cher Was A Gypsy!”



  1. 1

    The original Cher said it best…"Gypsies, tramps and thieves."



  2. 2

    The original Cher said it best, "Gypsies, tramps and thieves."



  3. 3

    "Proud to be a gypsy"….hmmm…. what have gypsies contributed to society again? ? Oh yeah, they are all transients who teach their young to cheat and steal.



  4. 4

    What do you mean, Cher "was" a Gypsy? Cher IS a Gypsy. If you're Romani, "no longer living in a caravan" doesn't make you an ex-Gypsy.



  5. 5

    Wish you the best of luck, girl!!



  6. 6

    Exactly Kitkath! Perez, do you even know what a gypsy is in the UK? Not something to be proud of. Romanian, fine, but not gypsy. She's just an attention whore. She probably was never a gypsy, she's probably never lived in a caravan. As for the being bullied, didn't I read that she was the one bullying kids?



  7. 7

    Pikey scum.



  8. 8

    Re: kitkath – Romani are a nomadic people who have been subjected to persecution throughout the world, yet still managed to maintain their heritage. That is something to be proud of. We survived Nazi persecution, and the daily persecution of those who force us to live on the periphery of society. We survive people like you. It seems your contribution to society is to continue the persecution.



  9. 9

    I am very tolerant…and give everyone a chance. However, as a small business owner, I have dealt with many situations involving "Gypsies" … My conclusion is that the prejudice is unfortunate, yet deserved. The saying "you got Gypped!" Did not come out of thin air…it is the truth. LOL…poor poor things…NOT



  10. 10

    OH PLEASE GIVE ME A BREAK. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW A "CARAVAN" THAT WASN'T SOME OLD BROKEN DOWN DODGE CARAVAN MINIVAN. SERIOUSLY? EVEN IN ROMANIA THEY HAVEN'T HAD "CAVARANS" FOR DECADES. THE ONLY GYPSIES OUT THERE NOW ARE MONEY GRUBBING THIEVES WHO PARADE THEIR LITTLE GIRLS LIKE SEX OBJECTS WHEN THEY ARE NOT EVEN IN PUBERTY, BILK MOSTLY OLD PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR MONEY. AND DOUBLE TEAM WHILE ROBBING STORES BLIND. WHO IS GOING TO BELIEVE THIS BULLSHIT?



  11. 11

    In response to Perez: for someone who is invested in equality and anti-discrimination issues, isn't the word "gypsy" considered politically incorrect? Romani is the preferred term … and the one Cher herself uses.

    In response to the comments: I am sure you might have had an unpleasant experience with the romani people you encountered in your area. However, I do not think that gives you the authority to make large generalizing claims about an entire ethnic group. Assumptions that individual behaviors apply to a the entire ethnic/socio-cultural formation just reinforces stereotypes and perpetuates further racism and social persecution. Romani culture exists in a myriad of locations across the globe, and your isolated incident does not mean the entire population deserves to be degridated.



  12. 12

    As an English Romani myself the comments on here are disgusting and show the incredibly low IQ level of Perez's readership. My ancestors were Romani and never stole from anyone and they fought in both World Wars for England. She is Romani, it is a race. She cannot be a past-tense gypsy, it is like saying someone WAS black but now isn't.
    There is nothing to be ashamed about, if you knew anything about Romani gypsies you would know that. Michael Caine, Adam Ant, Bob Hoskins and many more talented, good individuals are of Romani blood. You lot are morons.



  13. 13

    Remember Perez when you said someone was "jipped"… that is also racist and based from GYPsy.



  14. 14

    I like Cher, but the stereotype is true, gypsies are scum, crooks and thieves.



  15. 15

    Re: gypsyroselee88 – how do you know they never stole from anyone? I don't think anyone can really say that about ancestors. Gypsies are known all over europe for being thieves, scammers, harassers and pick-pockets. travel sites warn people about them before you go places like paris. just like kitkath asked, i'd like to know what these "gypsies" positively contributed to society. since you know so much about your ancestors, perhaps you would like to answer this question.



  16. 16

    good, now i have something else to call the pikey ho'



  17. 17

    Love this girl and she is so young. Good for her.



  18. 18

    The hatred here is sickening. My father barely survived a Nazi concentration camp - he was there because of his Roma blood. I am so sad that the Nazi mentality is still alive and well.



  19. 19

    Gypsys are the nastiest race of people in europe and are hated by all of europe. They are lazy and violent. If I were her I wouldn't brag about being a gypsy. I remember when I was in Hungary for a wedding. They were standing behind the gates with their hands out looking for handouts. They refuse to work and believe the government should support them and their band of children. They are murderous that even the police are scared of them.



  20. 20

    Now the important question: does she do anal without a fight and swallow without having to pinch her nose?



  21. 21

    It's a shame that she is associated with an unpleasant lot, especially IF she's not like that. Perhaps she could be an example to her community to stop perpetuating the stereotype. I have encountered many stealing, cheating, harassing gypsies from as young as 7 years old all the way up to old age of 70+. The thieving starts young and does not stop because it is condoned. As a community, each and every member has to do the right thing. Gotta start somewhere. Until then, the rest of us beware and consider ourselves unlucky should we come across a typical gypsy.



  22. 22

    im convinced this is the reason she was in the bottom 2 last week . . i never liked her anyway but if theres one thing that is really hated here its romanians. The more public this becomes, the less chance she has in the competition, it really can be seen as one of the last remaining taboos but gypsys, travellers, pikeys, whatever are just dirty and disgusting, in my opinion, sorry for any offence but really it is the only thing im prejudiced against, they're a complete drain on society and are repulsing



  23. 23

    maybe when gypsy's stop stealing everyone's stuff, invading private land, peeing/showering in public swimming pools and generally being unpleasant to the rest of the population we'll start respecting them. Not all nomads are like that, in fact most aren't, just romani's seem to think the law doesn't apply to them.



  24. 24

    @PEREZ



  25. 25

    Re: Xx*AiiMeE*xX – You do realize the are gypsies in other countries rather than Romania and that not all Romanians are gypsies or dirty? Yes a lot of our gypsies from Romania have emigrated to UK, France etc. giving my country a bad name, but you people can be quite racist to, there are also people who work for a decent living. I don't see why her being a gypsy would bother you, she looks pretty clean and civilized to me. Unless you really are racist.



  26. 26

    Why do I get the feeling this little girl is lying???



  27. 27

    Re: rosebud99 – I'm pretty sure not too many people who read celebrity gossip on this website are too familar with world history.



  28. 28

    Pikey? That explains a lot.



  29. 29

    Why so much hate against Gypsy? I don't get racism at all, against ANY culture and race. When i was little in Sweden there was a series of books about this girl Katinka Gypsy, i used to dream about living with them in a caravan. I have never been a racist and never will be. I can't stand racism or homophobia, i wish people would grow the fuck up.



  30. 30

    Romani's/Gypsies originated from India - they settled in various parts of Europe and mingled with the native populations. They are not native to Romania, anymore than they are native to France but Romania does have a larger percentage of them. They have been alienated throughout the years - the Romanians hate them and while it's easy to yell 'racist!', the truth is that Romania's gypsy population have ruined the countries reputation and are a constant nuisance to society. The country can't afford to build them social housing or give them handouts so they roam around being arseholes. They're not liked for a reason - they contribute nothing.



  31. 31

    Re: Gingerpump – i am :)



  32. 32

    Re: gypsyroselee88 – Romani is Not a race. Anthropologist and socialogist recognize only three races. Mongloid, negroid, and caucasoid. Romanies are an ethnic group and gypsies are their own ethnic group (but can also be Romanian).



  33. 33

    This woman is an idiot. Romani isn't a race. Neither is African-American, hispanic or latino. The word racist is so overused — and used completely incorrectly — that it has no meaning any more. It's what lazy people say when they want to insult someone and/or start trouble.



  34. 34

    Re: Gracious Lady – You are so correct Gracious Lady. whatever happened to being called a good old fashioned Bigot?



  35. 35

    Firstly, there is a vast difference between English, Scottish and Irish gypsies (ie. pikeys) and gypsies from Continental Europe. Secondly, my personal experience of the traditional Romani is that they're scum who expect us to respect their sham of a 'culture' while they debase everything about ours. When visitng a graveyard in Serbia (which has a decent Romani population) I was told that any flowers I left behind on the graves would have to be completely mutilated so they would have no resale value. If flowers are left in good condition, gypsies come along, pinch them and sell them on to some poor, unsuspecting sucker. Being persecuted by Nazis 60-odd years ago is no excuse for that kind of behaivour!



  36. 36

    incase youre not familiar with gypsies in europe, they steal and beg, AND teach their children how to. nothing to be proud of, its as if saying youre a thief and proud of it.. stupid. i doubt she was a gypsy anyways



  37. 37

    I am a gypsy and proud of it. We are a race. I am so tired of hearing all gypsies are scum, liars and thieves. Not everyone who travels or lives in a "caravan" is a gypsy. Being a gypsy is not how you live or have lived your life, it is a race. It is politically incorrect to stereotype black people or Asian people or any culture or race, is it not? Why are the Rom (gypsies) any different? We have been through hell and back and without any recognition. We were slaves, we were killed by the nazis, we fought in world wars. And for what? For anyone to come and say we are scum, the lowest of the low? People need to get a clue and educate themselves



  38. 38

    Re: Lil_ol_me86 – go ahead…you keep telling yourself that.



  39. 39

    this is old news. you suck.



  40. 40

    there is a different between being a gypsy and being a pikey. you my love, are a pikey. now go and dunk your face in the foundation and shut the fuck up



  41. 41

    To the person who said 'the only caravans they live in a run down' you have clearly never seen a caravan site which gypsies live on. The caravans are gold plated and much nicer than most of the peoples houses who have commented here. I can say this as there is a caravan site at the bottom of my road. they are the romanis and ones that don't cause too much trouble, they just scam people out of money, anyone who says other wise needs to open their eyes. like i said before, pikey is different, they are violents thugs and theives. this is what cher is



  42. 42

    Re: elfslayer – Why do you think they have nice cars and caravans? Its not because they work hard, its because they cheat the benefits system and steal other peoples belongings, if you've ever had them visit a field near you,you'd know the vile mess they leave behind,they are worse than animals!
    Romany or not Cher is a chav!



  43. 43

    Romas are the scum of the earth. They are nothing but thieves and gutter trash… They pimp out their own children, teach them how to steal, and the adults just sit on their butts while the children bring home the money. They cause nothing but trouble in the major European cities. Truly a vile culture. Cher has nothing to be proud of.



  44. 44


  45. 45

    Re: Lil_ol_me86 – "Roll eyes.." Seriously? You should punch yourself for posting that comment. There is so much wrong with it I dont know where to begin.



  46. 46

    I feel embarrassed for her.
    I live in a town where we got wrecked by those horrible Gypos.
    A bunch of them parked their stinking caravan outside a Chinese takeaway to stay for as long as they wanted. The owner of the Chinese takeaway told them to move their caravans as it was blocking their car park. This annoyed the Gypsies and they literally burnt down the takeaway. They then invaded the ASDA car park and were shop lifting..
    My aunt married into a Gypsy family and I can tell you now that they are NOT nice people!
    They lie, steal and abuse.
    Worst folk out there and the only people they stuck up for are those who are also gypsies.
    They always leave a grotty mess when they leave.
    Apparently Gypsy funerals are the worst. They all end up in fights..
    I've lived in towns all over the UK and they're ALL the same, everywhere you go.
    It all makes sense though, Cher's a fucking idiot.



  47. 47

    It's really sad to say, but personally my experience of gypsies has only been bad. I've worked in pubs where a big group has turned up, you have to read the menu to them because they don't educate their children, they pull out wads of cash which they get from not paying tax or rent, and yes, probably a bit scamming and stealing. If you do anything they don't like they get aggressive and say they're going to curse you, then they trash the place and you spend the rest of the day picking up broken glass and dirty nappies. It's really annoying when people like Madonna speak out against discrimination when they live in their massive mansions and have no experience of this kind of behaviour..



  48. 48

    there are 2 gypsy caravan sites near to my home and in my experience i have had no trouble with them. i have not witnessed anybody else from my town experience any trouble from them either.
    I dont think its fair to put them all in the same catagory as thieves and trouble makers, there is good and bad in every race/community.
    the gypsies i know of send their children to school regulary and they go to work, they also pay rent (ground rent) for where their caravans are.
    i can only speak of the ones that live near me, these are irish and english gypsies and they are settled on a council owned caravan site.
    i suppose that is half the problem, there is clearly not enough of these council sites available so the remaining ones have nowhere to go, although this does not excuse the amount of litter they leave behind when they do move on.
    i dont think some gypsies help themselves though, they barge onto peoples land and destroy it, this is not going to make people want to help them. the ones on the caravan sites near to where i live have made a real effort to become part of the community and they have settled in quite well. im sure if there were more caravan sites made available to them then they could settle down to live their lives. the problem is if they are leaving a place never to return then they are not going to care what mess they leave behind are they?



  49. 49

    at the end of the day… what does it matter what she is? she is human who bleeds like the rest of us!



  50. 50

    i love how the 50s attitude comes back the second travellers are mentioned, no one group of people are 'all the same' and there are no exceptions to this rule. stop trying to kid yourselves: your opinions are old fashioned racism



  51. 51

    She seems to have left out the part where she actually bullied people and beat a few girls up by dragging them by their hair and ripping it out. Go back to your caravan Cher. Twat.



  52. 52

    p.s. They are just tax dodging disgusting excuse for human beings.



  53. 53

    Cher sounds good when she doesnt rap. . . . (nothing against raps BTW. . .)



  54. 54

    Re: MJ ROCKS!!! – goes to show how much you know, the irish/ english ones your talking about are not gypsies, they are travellers, or more commonly. gypsies are from eatern europe, generally romania, and are nasty pieces of work. the irish travellers are generally poor and uneducated and so, while a high percentage of them do get involved in crime, they can actually be quite nice people, which is why you have no problems with them. try living beside a caravan park full of actual gypsies, who whore out their 12 year old daughters, beg on every street corner in towns and cities pretending to be disabled, then miraculously walking away, mugging people for a living, teach their children to do the same and beat them if they aren't good enough at it….I'm finding it hard to see exactly what Cher is proud of. maybe she can enlighten us.



  55. 55

    Of course it isn't considered racist. "Gypsies", or more accurately Romanis aren't a race. It's a culture.