Mixed race mum asked if child with red hair and fair skin ‘was swapped at birth’

A mixed raced mum has been asked if her child was 'swapped at birth' because of his red hair and fair skin.

Ella Gayle, 23, who has jet black hair, was shocked when Luca, now seven months old, was born with red locks.

Luca's dad, Christian Henman, 29, is white but also has dark hair – leaving the pair to question where the baby, who has blue eyes, got his look from.

Ella, a financial difficulty adviser from Nottingham, said: "You can see Luca's hair from a mile off when we're out and about and people often stare because the two of us look so different.

"Luca's dad has blue eyes like him, but other than that, there's not a huge amount of physical similarity between Luca and us.

"People have jokingly asked if Luca was swapped at hospital and we were given the wrong baby but I had a home birth so that isn't actually possible."

Following Luca being born, Ella, who has Jamaican, Italian and Irish heritage, has done more research and discovered that both she and Christian must carry the red hair gene.

Ella added: "I have two cousins with red hair, but that's the only immediate family both Christian and I have with red hair – other than that, there's no one.

"People are forever coming up to us when we're out to comment on Luca's amazing hair; it's mainly abroad when I get funny looks from people about the obvious difference in looks between us.

"I don't mind people staring to be honest, I love to show Luca off.

"Since my post on Facebook about him, he's actually been offered a modelling contract which is super exciting."

It comes after a mixed-race couple said they were forced to leave Ireland after receiving abuse online and even death threats against their toddler son following their appearance in a Lidl advert.

Fiona Ryan, 33, and her fiance Jonathan Mathis, 32, have been targeted by abuse since they appeared in an ad campaign for the supermarket chain along with their 22-month-old boy.

The family's inclusion in the ads, which began appearing on billboards and TV in Ireland in early September, saw the couple targeted in an online campaign to boycott Lidl.

Ms Ryan told RTE's Late Late Show on Friday night the family had decided to move to England after receiving abusive and racist comments online – including a death threat directed at their toddler, the  Irish Times  reports.

She said online abusers were writing vitriol about them on  Facebook  and  Twitter  and trying to contact their accounts.

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