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Jesy Nelson latest – Boyz star thanks ‘ incredible’ fans in Instagram Stories following Little Mix feud

JESY Nelson has spoken out for the first time since the blackfishing row began to thank her "incredible" fans for their support.

Speaking on Instagram Stories, she said: "I just want to say I literally have the most incredible fans in the world and I love you all endlessly."

It is the first time she has spoken in public after it emerged her former bandmate Leigh-Ann Pinnock allegedly accused her of blackfishing - where white person darkens her skin or wears her hair or clothes in a way which suggests she may be black.

It is seen as a way of appropriating the 'cool ' of black culture without having to deal with the racial discrimination that comes with it.

The backlash was made worse after rapper Nicky Minaj - who guests on the single - accused Leigh-Ann of being a 'jealous cow' and provoking Little Mix fans' fury.

Read our Jesy Nelson live blog for the latest updates...

  • Perrie wants to be Gywnne

    LITTLE MIX are all planning solo careers after their tour ends in the spring, but Perrie Edwards’ next move won’t be into music.

    She has spent more than two years quietly working on a luxury brand called Disora, and is expected to sell jewellery, clothing and cosmetics.

    The singer has filed a trademark application to cover a huge range of items, so music will be on the back burner.

    A source said: “Music is Perrie’s first love and by no means has she ruled out doing solo songs in the future. But she is keen to do other things too and knows there is a huge market for women in their twenties and thirties who want a little bit of luxury in their lives.

    “Perrie came up with the idea a few years ago and spent a lot of time working on it during her down time from Little Mix in lockdown. She is launching it in the coming day.

    “It will be the first big project she has undertaken since having her son Axel in August.”

  • Frosty reunion before the cold war

    There were early warning signs of feud in the band.

    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.

    Jesy looked seriously stony-faced as she waited for a car to collect her, while Jade appeared more than happy to keep her social distance as she stared at her phone.

    At one point, the two girls were photographed speaking but neither had smiles on their faces.

    Perrie, meanwhile, left the studio a good 15 minutes before her bandmates.

    Read more here.

  • 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.

  • Little Mix’s launch attack on Jesy Nelson with lyrics

    by Bizarre’s Simon Boyle

    AS if the row between Little Mix and former bandmate Jesy Nelson wasn’t toxic enough, the trio have recorded a stinging diss track that will be painful listening for her.

    My sister column, Biz on Sunday, told earlier this month how their upcoming song Cut You Off appeared to take aim at Jesy.

    I have now heard the whole song — a bonus track on their greatest hits album Between Us, out next month — and can reveal the cutting lyrics.

    On it, Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards question Jesy’s decision to quit the group last December, when she said she couldn’t cope with the constant comparisons to them.

    The lyrics suggest they don’t “believe” her reasons for leaving and wonder whether she really is happier now she has gone solo.

  • ‘Don’t disrespect my baby mama’

    Leigh-Ann’s fiance Andre came to a passionate defence of his girl at her 30th birthday following the blackfishing row.

    Wrapping his arms around his fiancee, footballer Andre took the mic as he said: “We haven’t finished yet, it’s my turn… If anyone has anything to say, come and find me.

    “The one thing I will do in my life is protect my family. If you blogger d***heads want to come and talk, if you try and disrespect my baby mama, my wife, my kids, there is a going to be a problem.”

  • What is the blackfishing row about?

    Jesy’s look for her music video for Boyz 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.

    Leigh-Anne 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.”

  • Jesy's romantic ups and downs

    Jesy Nelson got engaged to Coleen Nolan's son Jake Roche in 2015.

    The Rixton singer got down on one knee at Manchester Arena after just one year of dating but the couple never made it down to aisle.

    Jesy went on to have a romance with former Love Island hunk Chris Hughes, which ended after 16 months.

    A source told The Sun the split was amicable and they're still good friends, but had just grown apart.

    Jesy vowed to remain single after splitting from her most recent boyfriend, actor Sean Sugar, at the beginning of this year.

  • Little Mix' rise to fame

    Following their spectacular X Factor victory, Little Mix shot to fame, soon reaching the coveted status of becoming the most popular girl band in the UK since the Spice Girls.

    Championing girl power and body positivity, the group’s debut album DNA became the highest charting debut album by a British girl group on the Billboard 200.

    Garnering praise for their chart-topping singles "Black Magic" and "Shout Out to My Ex", Little Mix scooped their first Brit Award in 2017.

    Looking back on their transformation from X Factor bootcamp rejects to international stars, Jesy said: “We're getting older, we're turning into young, beautiful ladies."

  • Jesy Nelson downs shots and cocktails on night out

    JESY Nelson downed shots and cocktails as she hit the town with friends – while former bandmate Leigh-Anne Pinnock threw an epic birthday party.

    The Boyz singer, 29, let her hair down after a difficult week following the release of her debut single, which has been shrouded in controversy due to blackfishing claims. 

    In a series of videos, the star is seen lining up the drinks, seemingly unconcerned about missing Leigh-Anne’s big bash.

    Former bandmate Leigh-Anne was seen breaking down in tears at her star-studded party as she hit back at Jesy.

    The star had been targeted by US rapper Nicki Minaj in a savage Instagram livestream after “leaked” messages allegedly accusing former bandmate Jesy of “blackfishing” were leaked online.

  • Perrie wants to be Gywnne

    LITTLE MIX are all planning solo careers after their tour ends in the spring, but Perrie Edwards’ next move won’t be into music.

    She has spent more than two years quietly working on a luxury brand called Disora, and is expected to sell jewellery, clothing and cosmetics.

    The singer has filed a trademark application to cover a huge range of items, so music will be on the back burner.

    A source said: “Music is Perrie’s first love and by no means has she ruled out doing solo songs in the future. But she is keen to do other things too and knows there is a huge market for women in their twenties and thirties who want a little bit of luxury in their lives.

    “Perrie came up with the idea a few years ago and spent a lot of time working on it during her down time from Little Mix in lockdown. She is launching it in the coming day.

    “It will be the first big project she has undertaken since having her son Axel in August.”

  • ‘Walking away from a toxic relationship

    POP star Anne-Marie has said her song with Little Mix is about “walking away from a toxic relationship” – amid the bands row with Jesy Nelson.

    The 30-year-old singer teamed up with Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards on the track Kiss My (Uh Oh), which was released over the summer.

    In a Q & A with her fans on Instagram last week, Anne-Marie opened up about the track, saying: “This song is a girl power anthem. 

    “It’s all about walking away from someone who weren’t treating you well, not giving you what you deserve, not giving you the time and just treating you as a booty call…

    “Which sometimes can be fun but if you want more and they are not moving to the next stage for you, you got to walk away. Goodbye.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jesy’s changing look over the years

    Jesy’s latest look is a far cry from her fresh-faced first appearance on The X Factor in 2011 – but it’s not the first time she’s undergone a dramatic transformation.

    Over the years she’s worn an array of wigs ranging from vibrant pink to a blonde, short bob.

    Read more here to look at some of her wildest stand-out looks.

  • Explained: Will the stars launch solo careers?

    A source said: “They’ve been pretty open with each other about it. There are a lot of meetings happening at the moment. Some of them have already done management deals.

    “Leigh-Anne has signed up with Dua Lipa’s manager, Jade is cutting her teeth as a songwriter and presenter, while Perrie is working on other things too.

    “They still get on great, despite everything that has happened with Jesy. But her departure put the cat among the pigeons.

    “They all know there will have to be a career beyond Little Mix, so they’ve put things in place. The plan is to see out commitments, then turn to solo projects almost immediately.

    “The intention is to keep the band going too — but that’s how One Direction ended and it’s hard to believe they will have time for everything.”

    New mum Leigh-Anne is eyeing further acting roles following her debut in the film Boxing Day, out in December 2021.

    Perrie, who also had a son in August 2021, is set to launch her own company in coming weeks.

  • What is the blackfishing row about?

    Jesy’s look for her music video for Boyz 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.

    Leigh-Anne 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.”

  • Leigh-Ann’s fashion brand in debt

    LITTLE Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock’s fashion business is £62,000 in debt, new accounts reveal.

    Pure & Obsession Ltd, which Leigh-Anne set up with pal Gabrielle Urqhuart last year, has seen its debts increase by nearly £20,000 on the previous year.

    The business’s primary income is from the singer’s swimwear range In’ A’ SeaShell.

    Leigh-Anne and Gabrielle helped prop the young company up with an interest-free loan of £146,313 as well as a £30,000 bank loan.

    The singer, who released the acclaimed BBC documentary Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop and Power this year, also set up her own media firm Pinnock Productions Ltd in 2020.

    Meanwhile the most recent accounts for Leigh-Anne’s former bandmate turned rival Jesy Nelson’s solo firm Jessica Louise show it to be £91,209 in profit.

  • Perrie Edwards tried to quit band two years ago

    PERRIE EDWARDS tried to quit LITTLE MIX two years ago but decided to stay in the group for one final tour.

    During a sit-down meeting, their Confetti Tour – due to take place in 2020 but later delayed to 2022 – was discussed and Perrie said she wanted to hit the road with the girls one last time.

    However, in early October 2020 the group hit another bump when Jesy Nelson called a meeting telling the girls she couldn’t continue – weeks before she announced her exit in December.

    Following the recording of the video for their No1 hit Sweet Melody, Perrie, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall met with their management team after filming an episode of their BBC show The Search, where they talked about continuing as a three.

    An insider said: “This idea that everyone was happy in the band prior to Jesy leaving is a smokescreen.

    “Perrie actually told the band she was thinking about leaving in 2019 which prompted a sit down with management."

  • Jesy shows fans are still behind her

    Jesy has recently released a video on Instagram which shows fans dancing along to her latest solo-single Boyz.

    The video comes as reports have suggested that the singers following has reduced significantly after her turbulent split from Little Mix.

    Jesy displayed her appreciation to fans who still follow her by captioning the video “You guys are amazing!!”.

  • 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.

  • ‘Don’t disrespect my baby mama’

    Leigh-Ann’s fiance Andre came to a passionate defence of his girl at her 30th birthday following the blackfishing row.

    Wrapping his arms around his fiancee, footballer Andre took the mic as he said: “We haven’t finished yet, it’s my turn… If anyone has anything to say, come and find me.

    “The one thing I will do in my life is protect my family. If you blogger d***heads want to come and talk, if you try and disrespect my baby mama, my wife, my kids, there is a going to be a problem.”