Laura RoganSeptember 9th
2019

Days before the release of Jesy Nelson's upcoming BBC documentary, Odd One Out, the 28-year-old has revealed she attempted suicide because of online bullying.

Nelson rose to fame after appearing on Simon Cowell's talent show, The X Factor, where she was grouped together with her current bandmates Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Ann Pinnock and Jade Thirwall in the form of Little Mix. The group has gone on to become one of the most successful products of the show, with four UK #1's under their belt and five studio albums - with no signs of slowing down just yet.

Speaking candidly to BBC Three for her upcoming project, Jesy talks in depth about the effects of online trolling, admitting she became "obsessed" with reading comments about herself and speaking about how the online comments affected her family, too.

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Speaking with The Guardian, Nelson revealed:

"It only got worse when I got Twitter. And that led to the Daily Mail, and reading the comments - the worst you can read about yourself.

"It was like I purposely wanted to hurt myself."

"I had a routine of waking up, going on Twitter, searching for the worst things I could about myself," she added.

"I'd type in the search bar, 'Jesy fat', or 'Jesy ugly', and see what would come up. Sometimes I didn't even need to do that, I'd just write 'Jesy' and then I'd see all the horrible things.

"Everyone told me to ignore it - but it was like an addiction."

Nelson has also revealed she would starve herself ahead of performances to appear thinner, before binge-eating afterwards.

After reading the negative comments about her appearance, it was revealed last night that Nelson was so unhappy she "just wanted to die" - leading to an overdose in 2013 after a return performance on The X Factor, where Jesy tried to end her own life. Nelson admitted "I felt that I physically couldn’t tolerate the pain anymore,".

The turning point for Jesy wasn't until Little Mix toured with Demi Lovato in North America, where some of Lovato's dancers persuaded Jesy to leave Twitter.

"It was a long hard process, because I didn’t want to help myself,"

"But it wasn't until I deleted Twitter that everything changed for me and I slowly started to feel normal again."

Fans have expressed their love for the star following her brave confession, saying:

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Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out is available to watch on BBC iPlayer from 12th September.

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, or know someone who is, contact Papyrus UK's Hopeline for confidential suicide prevention advice: 0800 068 41 41

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