Marcel Somerville reveals horrific time police held him at gunpoint after they were told he had a gun
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Marcel Somerville has recalled the horrific time police held him at gunpoint after receiving a call falsely claiming the Love Island star was carrying a gun.
The 34 year old, who recently revealed he almost died after being rushed to hospital before finding out he has type 1 diabetes, made the revelation in an exclusive interview with OK!
The reality star first explained that racism is something he's been experiencing since childhood as he said: "I've experienced racism even from when I was a kid you get called certain names which I'm not going to say…"
His pregnant girlfriend Rebecca Viera added that the pair still get trolls who comment "horrible things" on their social media photos.
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Marcel continued: "You learn to kind of deal with it as a young black male you – learn to kind of deal with racism. There was one incident which always sticks in my mind."
The Blazin' Squad star then recalled a night when he was driving back home from a night out with a pal when his car broke down with a flat tyre.
"Me and my friend were driving back from, we'd been out somewhere it was quite late, we were driving back from the local kebab shop and my tyre got a flat tyre and we got out the car, I pulled the jack out the boot of the car and was trying to change the tyre."
"Armed police pulled up aiming at us. I had the jack in my hand and was like, 'I'm just trying to change my tyre, I'm just trying to change my tyre,'" he said, demonstrating that he held his hands up in the air while speaking to the police.
Marcel went on: "They were like, 'Someone called and said there was two black guys that got out the car with a gun' and that's why they turned up.
"I will say this about the police when they realised their mistake, they did stop and try and help me change a tyre which was good of them.
"But it was still the actual issue of two black guys getting out of a car with a jack, [which] turned into two black guys with a gun and armed police aiming their guns at you [saying], 'Put the gun down'.
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"You're literally like, 'What the hell is this'."
Marcel and his girlfriend Rebecca have announced that they expecting their first child together after dating for 14 months.
When asked whether he thinks his unborn child will grow up in a better world, Marcel explained that by the time his son or daughter reaches the age where they truly understand what's happening, the struggle for equality will have progressed for the better.
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"You've kind of got to look back through the years to kind of see the progression that things have been made," he said.
"There's been changes but the racism is still definitely there. I think maybe in another 50 years it will be at the point where its fully equal.
"I feel like our child will probably see those changes being implemented more by the time it reaches an age to understand what's going on."
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