Parents of the child model at the centre of the H&M race row move out of their home for security

January 16, 2018 6:06 pm

The parents of the child model at the centre of the H&M race row have admitted their fears over how it will affect their young son – as they reveal they’ve moved out of their home because of the global backlash triggered by the campaign.

The boy at the centre of the race row Liam appeared on This Morning with his parents on Monday 

Terry Mango, of Stockholm, Sweden, and her partner Frank Odhiambo have spoken about the outrage that greeted an image of their five-year-old son Liam wearing a jumper emblazoned with the phrase ‘coolest monkey in the jungle’. Appearing on ITV’s This Morning on Monday, Terry – who initially raised eyebrows when she said critics should ‘get over it’ – and Frank said they have an ‘obligation to protect’ their children. ‘The most unfortunate thing is that my son is very young and there’s a lot that’s going to come with this and that really shakes me a little bit,’ Frank said on the show, before adding that Liam is unaware of the controversy around the picture. ‘He believes people love him for his modelling job,’ Terry added.

The parents called for their privacy as a family to be respected, admitting they haven’t had a ‘normal family life’ since the furore broke, and have even had to leave their home in search of respite from the debate. Frank said: ‘As much as people have gotten involved in this for me, it’s very important to understand that me and Terry, we have a son, we have other children in the home that we are raising and we have an obligation to protect our children. ‘To me if we had a way to take this off I would take it off today. The most unfortunate thing is that my son is very young and there’s a lot that’s going to come with this and that really shakes me a little bit.’ Terry said that Liam believes the interest has been generated by his modelling skills, rather than any controversy around the picture itself.

The boy at the centre of the race row Liam appeared on This Morning with his parents on Monday 
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