Ellen Pompeo says her children’s friends don’t think she’s their mother - because of the colour of their skin.
The 49-year-old actress has three children - daughters Stella, nine, and Sienna, four, as well as son Eli, who turns two this month - with her husband Chris Ivery, and has said she was left heartbroken when her eldest daughter’s friends were surprised to discover she was her mother, because the actress is white.
Ellen said: “My challenge with raising brown children is how much do you say to them and how much do you not say to them?
“A couple of weeks ago I had some friends over [to] the house, little girls of colour, and the little girl came in and I introduced myself. I said, ‘I’m Stella’s mom.’
… She went right to Stella and said, ‘That’s your mom?’ She points to the nanny who’s a black girl [and says,] ‘I thought that was your mom.’ The little baby looked like she was scared of me. That just breaks my heart. Maybe scared is a strong word … but, again, non-trusting possibly.