Jesy Nelson latest – Little Mix star announces TV comeback as Leigh-Anne Pinnock's sister wades into Nicki Minaj drama
14th October 2021

JESY Nelson will face her first TV grilling as a solo artist later this month on The Graham Norton Show.

The former Little Mix star will join a host of celebs on the sofa before taking to the stage to perform her debut single Boyz.

Jesy, 30, will speak frankly about why she left the band and how she hopes to carve out a solo career.

Her comeback comes LEIGH-ANNE Pinnock's older sister Sairah has weighed in on her fallout with former Little Mix bandmate Jesy Nelson.

The 31-year-old shared a post to her Instagram Stories which fans have interpreted to be about the Boyz songstress amid her blackfishing row.

According to The Mirror, soon after the release of Jesy's debut solo single Sairah wrote on social media: "We must be some d**kheads".

Read our Jesy Nelson live blog for the latest updates…

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    Fallout

    Leigh-Anne, 30, is believed to have accused Jesy of “blackfishing” — when a white person uses black culture to further their career or online presence.

    In messages thought to have been sent from Leigh-Anne’s account to influencer No Hun and shared to his 341,000 followers via a live stream, the star wrote: “She blocked us. Cut us off. Horrible person.”

    After No Hun asked his fans if he should make up a dance routine to Boyz, Leigh-Anne replied: “No. Do a video about her being a blackfish instead.”

    The situation escalated further when Jesy went live with Nicki Minaj to address the blackfishing claims.

    While Jesy did not address the Leigh-Anne situation directly, she laughed as Nicki ranted and savaged her former bandmate, and later thanked her for defending her.

    Nicki Minaj took swipe at Leigh-Anne during her livestream with Jesy Credit: Instagram
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    Jesy Nelson loses 51,000 followers

    JESY Nelson has lost over 51,000 followers on Instagram as her blackfishing row with former Little Mix bandmate Leigh-Anne Pinnock rages on, The Sun can reveal.

    The fallout first unfolded when an influencer leaked messages allegedly sent by Leigh-Anne that asked him to do a video exposing Jesy for being a "blackfish" on Sunday following the release of her debut single Boyz.

    Jesy's look in the music video sparked claims she was blackfishing – a term used when a white person uses black culture and aesthetics for their own gain – when it was released last week.

    And as the furore rages on, The Sun can reveal that Jesy has lost over 51,000 followers so far on her Instagram.

    According to SocialBlade, a website that tracks social media statistics and analytics, the star has seen a steep decline in her following since Sunday.

    After five days, Jesy now stands at 8,433,812, having previously had a total of 8,485,192 followers.

    Meanwhile, Leigh-Anne's social media following has increased by over 74,000.

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    Little Mix comments on Nicki's remarks

    Leigh-Anne and her Little Mix bandmates Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall have not commented on Nicki's remarks – or publicly discussed Jesy's solo single or blackfishing allegations.

    Meanwhile, Jesy has insisted that her tan and curls are completely natural – and admitted that Leigh-Anne had privately warned her against her look last year, when she was still a member of Little Mix.

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    The six signs Little Mix’s feud was always going to happen (Continued…)

    NO CONTACT – When Jesy was asked if she was still in touch with Leigh-Anne, Perrie and Jade, she replied: “No, not as much. Not now. I think we all need time. It’s a big thing that’s happened.”

    IGNORED PREGNANCIES – Eagle-eyed fans twigged that Leigh-Anne's happy news was met with silence from former bandmate Jesy.

    'BLACKFISHING' WARNING – The Sun exclusively revealed that Jesy was warned by Leigh-Anne not to make her skin look darker as it was offensive to black people.

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    The six signs Little Mix’s feud was always going to happen

    FROSTY REUNION – In July 2020, Little Mix were seen leaving rehearsal studios looking extremely frosty with each other.

    The girls had only just reunited after months apart due to the UK's first and strictest lockdown, yet they didn't seem too chuffed to be in each other's company again.

    THE SEARCH TURNS SOUR – In an interview, Jade admitted she had stormed off several times during filming.

    JESY QUITS – In December last year, Jesy rained on every Little Mixer's Christmas by quitting the band after almost 10 years together.

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    Where is Jesy Nelson from?

    Jesy was born on June 14, 1991 and is an English singer.

    Her ethnicity is white.

    She was raised in Romford, East London, to parents John Nelson, a businessman, and Janis Nelson, a Police Community Support Officer.

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    What do we know about Jesy’s early life?

    Jessica Louise Nelson was born on June 14, 1991 and was raised in Romford, East London.

    The singer attended Jo Richardson Community School and Abbs Cross Academy and Arts College in Hornchurch, London.

    She also attended the Sylvia Young and Yvonne Rhodes Theatre Schools.

    One of her classmates at the school was Rita Ora.

    Prior to auditioning for The X Factor and finding fame with Little Mix, Jesy worked as a barmaid in Dagenham.

    She previously revealed that said that as a child, she had small roles as an extra in About a Boy (2002) and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).

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    Jesy Nelson is trying to ‘save herself like Prince Harry’, says expert

    They have constantly described themselves as "sisters" and "best friends", but the Little Mix rift appears to be widening.

    The three remaining band members unfollowed Jesy Nelson on Instagram this week – after she launched solo single Boyz – and even Perrie Edwards’ dog has snubbed her on social media.

    Body language expert Judi James says Jesy, 30, is taking a leaf out of Prince Harry’s book and distancing herself from her past life to "save" herself.

    Meanwhile there are subtle signs that the remaining trio of Leigh-Anne, Perrie and Jade Thirlwall are "concerned and anxious" about the split.

    “Part of the Little Mix appeal for the fans has always been the sense of unity and sisterhood between the four women who are apparently enjoying successful, enviable lifestyles," she tells The Sun.

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    What have Little Mix members said about Jesy Nelson?

    Little Mix fans have been left stunned by a series of messages apparently sent by Leigh-Anne Pinnock slamming her former bandmate Jesy.

    Influencer No Hun revealed the private DMs, apparently sent from Leigh-Anne, accusing Jesy of “blackfishing”.

    In one message, believed to have been sent from Leigh-Anne’s Instagram account, Leigh-Anne says: “She [Jesy] blocked us. Cut us off. Horrible person.”

    In another, she appears to write: “Do a video about her being a blackfish instead.”

    Her Instagram account also liked a post by @everydayracism, which had posted a short guide to blackfishing after “a lot of talk” on the topic over the past few days.

    Leigh-Anne’s Little Mix bandmates Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall, both have also unfollowed Jesy on Instagram — as has the account belonging to Perrie’s dog Hatchi.

    Representatives for the band have been approached for comment.

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    Keeping it a secret

    JESY Nelson surprised her Little Mix bandmates when she announced she was leaving the group on Instagram.

    The Boyz singer shocked her Little Mix bandmates, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall when she told the world she was leaving the group before telling them personally.

    Jesy told her followers on December 14, 2020 that she quit Little Mix.

    Jesy agreed and quit Little Mix but allegedly announced it on Instagram, blindsiding the rest of the group.

    "Jesy created this scenario. She left the band without telling the girls or management directly and they heard about it through her lawyers," a sourced told Daily Mail.

    Read more here.

    She announced her decision on Instagram which surprised her bandmates
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    Who is Little Mix leak source No Hun?

    No Hun describes himself as a "huge Little Mix fan" and claims to have followed and supported the group for ten years.

    He added that he's supported all of the members' individual projects, too.

    The influencer has recently taken to his social media pages to promote and support Jesy Nelson, who left the band behind earlier this year, and her new single Boyz.

    The influencer posted a clip of him dancing to the track and changed his Instagram bio to "stream Boyz".

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    What did No Hun and Leigh-Anne Pinnock apparently say about Jesy Nelson?

    No Hun claims that after he posted about Jesy's new song, another member of Little Mix, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, reached out to him.

    No Hun alleges that Leigh-Anne told him to "do a video about her (Jesy's) being a black fish instead".

    Leigh-Anne's alleged comments come after Jesy faced backlash over her complexion and fashion choices in the music video for Boyz.

    On social media, Jesy has been accused of cultural appropriation and "blackfishing" (which is when somebody pretends to be black or racially ambiguous by darkening their skin or changing their hair).

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    Feud continues in another in unearthed clip

    Little Mix fans are reeling over an unearthed video of Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson snapping at one another.

    The former friends and bandmembers have hit the headlines this week after viral TikTok star NoHun leaked private messages from Leigh-Anne, 30, where she allegedly called Jesy a ‘horrible person’.

    Now, Little Mix fans are scrambling to find signs that the pair ‘never liked one another’ amid the feud.

    And one eagle-eyed Twitter user has sent the rumour mill into overdrive by posting an awkward unearthed clip from Little mix’s talent show, The Search.

    The clip sees Jesy and Leigh-Anne – alongside Perrie Edwards – snarl at one another as they disagree after a hopeful band’s performance.

    “Jesy was defensive because Leigh-Anne was being patronising. I imagine that would wear you down after almost ten years,” one suggested.

    “Jesy and Leigh-Anne always hated each other,” someone else claimed.

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