Tyla clarifies racial identity after awkward interview

Tyla clarifies racial identity after awkward interview

Tyla, the rising South African singer, has once again addressed the ongoing chatter about her racial identity.

Following an uncomfortable moment on The Breakfast Club, she’s clarifying her stance.


With a firm declaration: she declared that she has “never denied [her] blackness.”

The incident occurred during Tyla’s appearance on The Breakfast Club on 13 June.

Charlamagne Tha God asked Tyla to explain what it means to be a “South African Coloured person.”

Rather than answer, Tyla turned to her publicist, who interjected over the intercom, “Can we not? Por favor. Next one, please.”

Charlamagne responded by stirring the pot further, according to Bossip.


“I like that,” he said, referring to the publicist’s interruption.

“I like [it] when they talk from the back and say we can’t [bring up certain topics]. That’s even better.”

This isn’t the first time Tyla has faced questions about her identity.

In 2023, she sparked debate by referring to herself as a “Coloured South African.”

Now, she’s aiming to end the speculation for good, according to The Guardian.

Tyla took to X (formerly Twitter) to share a statement via the notes app.


“Idk where that came from…” she said, addressing the notion that she doesn’t identify as Black.

She continued, “I’m mixed with black/Zulu, Irish, Mauritian/Indian, and Coloured.”

Tyla elaborated on the complexities of racial classification, according to Entertainment Weekly.

“In South Africa, I would be classified as a Coloured woman and in other places I would be qualified as a black woman.

Race is classified differently in different parts of the world.”

She acknowledged the sensitivity of the term “Coloured” outside South Africa.

“I don’t expect to be classified as Coloured outside of Southa by anyone not comfortable doing so because I understand the weight of that word outside of SA.”

Tyla concluded her statement with clarity and finality.


“But to close this conversation, I’m both Coloured in South Africa and a black woman. It’s and not or.”

This clear and heartfelt statement highlights Tyla’s frustration with the persistent scrutiny over her identity.

She hopes this will put an end to the ongoing debate.

Tyla’s experience reflects broader conversations about racial identity and classification.

In South Africa, “Coloured” has a specific historical and cultural context.

It refers to a mixed-race group with a distinct identity.

Outside South Africa, the term can be misunderstood or seen as outdated.


Tyla’s willingness to address the topic head-on is commendable.

She navigates a complex and sensitive issue with grace. Her openness invites a better understanding of the nuances of racial identity.

The Breakfast Club interview may have been awkward, but it prompted a necessary conversation.

Tyla’s statement on X demonstrates her commitment to authenticity. She embraces her multifaceted heritage and asserts her right to self-identify.

The singer’s career is still on the rise, and she remains undeterred by the controversy.


Her music continues to gain popularity, and her fan base is growing.

By addressing the issue directly, Tyla shows she’s not just a talented artist but also a thoughtful and resilient individual.

Tyla’s message is clear: she embraces all aspects of her identity.

She’s both Coloured and Black, and she’s proud of her diverse heritage.

Her declaration is a powerful reminder of the complexities of race and identity in our globalised world.