12-year-old boy who was punched for wearing make-up wows Ellen
A 12-year-old has wowed Ellen DeGeneres with his singing and love for make-up.
Reuben de Maid, from Llandaff, Wales, performed the Dreamgirls classic And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going on the US daytime show.
The child star then met with Ellen and chatted about his love of make-up.
Ellen posted the interview online, writing: “I absolutely love this kid from Wales – his voice, his character, his uniqueness, all of it.”
De Maid, who recently finished primary school, told of how he had always loved make-up, and would learn how to apply it by watching tutorials online.
He added: “I’d love to be on stage but I’d like to have my own make-up brand and to have a YouTube channel with my sister and do make-up tutorials.”
He then opened up about the cruel bullying he had endured as a kid, telling Ellen: “In my drama group I used to get hit, punched and kicked.
“And then they went on for two months, and then after two months I try to brush it off but brushing it off doesn’t work.
“So I stood up to them and I told my mum.”
Ellen responded, saying: “Well good on you for standing up for who you are!”
Speaking of his love of singing, he said: “I have been singing since I could talk. I begged my mum for a karaoke machine and one day she bought it.
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“My sister and brother were frustrated and they listened to it 24/7 blasting… My mum can sing, and my nan, but not my dad. I don’t really know, I think it comes from my mum’s side.”
The child star now wants to have his own YouTube channel, doing make-up tutorials with his sister.
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