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Former Little Mix star Jesy Nelson says she reached ‘breaking point’ after being ‘classed as the fat one’

Former Little Mix star Jesy Nelson says she reached ‘breaking point’ after being ‘classed as the fat one’

Former Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson has said constant comparisons to her bandmates drove her to “breaking point” and spurred her decision to leave.

Nelson formed the band alongside Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall on The X Factor in 2011, but quit the group in December citing the “constant pressure” of being in the group.

In an interview with Cosmopolitan, the singer said focus on her weight took a toll on her mental health.

She reflected that from the very beginning of the group, “I was bigger than the other three, and there’s never really been that in a girl group. I was classed as the obese, fat one.”

Nelson added: “It’s horrible when you already don’t like something about yourself to then have thousands of people point it out. Now I feel like me. When I look back [at my time] in the band, I genuinely wasn’t me. I can’t believe how miserable I was.”

The singer cited the music video for November 2020 single Sweet Melody as the moment that spurred the split, after spending most of the year away from the pressures of the band.

She told Cosmopolitan: “We’d been in lockdown, and [that had been] the first time I could have a break and be at home around people that I love. It was the happiest I’d ever felt, and I didn’t realise that until I went back to work. I immediately became a different person. I had anxiety.

“I’d been in lockdown, and I’d put on a bit of weight but I didn’t care.And [then] they said, ‘You’ve got a music video in a couple of weeks,’ and I just panicked. I went on this extreme diet, with bloody shakes, and tried to eat as little as possible.

“On the day of the Sweet Melody video I had a panic attack on set because I didn’t look how I wanted to look and I found it so hard to just be happy and enjoy myself. I looked at the other three and they were having the time of their life.”

Of her decision to leave, she added: “For so long, I worried about others and letting people down. The only person I should have been trying to make happy was myself, and I wasn’t doing that.

“I needed to do it for my mental health, because I know I would have ended up back where I was five years ago, and that’s scary.”

 

Source: msn.com
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