Jesy Nelson told to stay off social media over trolling fears ahead of Graham Norton Show
30th October 2021

Jesy Nelson had 'no control' as she opens up about leaving Little Mix

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Popstar Jesy Nelson has reportedly been told to “stay off social media” to avoid trolling, ahead of her appearance on The Graham Norton Show tonight. Over the past few weeks, the 30-year-old has faced backlash following the release of her first solo song Boyz, amid claims of blackfishing and a feud between her and her former Little Mix bandmates.

I’m very aware that I’m a white British woman

Jesy Nelson

The star was set to record her performance yesterday and was reportedly begged by her team to stay off social media to avoid trolling, according to The Sun.

Following the release of Boyz at the start of the month, Jesy faced backlash and blackfishing claims over her appearance in the music video.

She has been vocal throughout her singing career about the impact that trolling has had on her.

It has been claimed that the star has only been using social media platforms to share videos in view of her 8.3 million followers, before quickly logging out.

Addressing the recent blackfishing claims, a source claimed: “Jesy never thought things would pan out this way with Boyz but it’s made her more determined than ever to get things right and to make her solo career a success.”

The source went on to say that Jesy has been targeted by trolls and the aftermath of the Boyz video has “taken their toll” on the star.

At the start of the month Little Mix singers Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock all appeared to unfollow their former band member on Instagram.

The move came a day after the star hit back at allegations of blackfishing in her new music video, stating she’s “very aware that I’m a white British woman”.

The singer only follows two accounts, rappers Nicky Minaj and Sean Combs, otherwise known as P Diddy, whose song Bad Boys For Life was featured on her track.

Jesy defended herself after critics accused her of blackfishing, which is a term used to describe non-Black people who have changed their appearance to appear Black or racially ambiguous, via the use of make-up, hairstyles, or cosmetic procedures.

The allegations emerged after the pop star released her debut solo single Boyz and its music video.

According to critics, Jesy has a very tanned complexion in the video.

Speaking to Vulture, the singer said she appreciated Black culture, but stressed she is “very aware” she is white.

She said: “The whole time I was in Little Mix I never got any of that.

“And then I came out of [the band] and people all of a sudden were saying it.

Jesy went on: “But I mean, like, I love Black culture. I love Black music.

She concluded: “I’m very aware that I’m a white British woman.”

Days after, Little Mix reportedly hit back at Jesy in their new single, Cut You Off, adding that they “cut her off” to “protect their energy”.

Speaking on an Instagram Live chat, Jade said: “It was kind of like a therapy session writing Cut You Off actually.”

“I love Cut You off because it’s just a really good solid manic pop song,” she added.

Agreeing with her, Perrie Edwards added: “You let it all out and it’s a safe space.”

Their single is featured as a bonus track on their greatest hits album Between Us, which is set to be released next month.

Express.co.uk has contacted Jesy’s representatives for comment.

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