Little Mix's Jesy Nelson speaks out about suicide attempt after troll comments
Little Mix member Jesy Nelson has opened up about her battles with attempted suicide, after vile criticism from trolls negatively affected her mental health and became too much for her to cope with.
The 28-year-old star - who became a part of chart-topping girl band Little Mix on UK's The X Factor - revealed her struggles on the BBC3 mini-documentary Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out, which explored how the singer overcame cyberbullying.
Nelson explains how she became obsessed with reading mocking posts about her on social media during her rise to fame on the 2011 series of the reality show. She recalls how her lowest point came following a performance with her bandmates and describes how she "couldn't take it any longer".
"I felt that I physically couldn’t tolerate the pain anymore," she recalled.
Jesy broke down during her time on The X Factor, but this wasn't enough to deter the cruel comments:
The video displays a number of cruel comments made towards Nelson, such as: "Jesy is getting fatter every week" and "The fat one is repulsive".
Nelson reveals how she took an overdose following Little Mix's X Factor win, but was fortunately saved by her boyfriend at the time. After informing her family, her management, and her bandmates about the incident, she says "it wasn’t ever spoken about again".
Jesy also recalled how she would often "starve" herself before events and photoshoots, in a bid to drive some positive comments - however this would be followed by "binge-eating and hating herself". The star then revealed that she was offered to time away from the band, but told the Guardian she refused to take it, out of fear she would draw attention to herself with the absence.
In the documentary, Nelson recalls how touring across America a few months later with Demi Lovato helped heal her mindset. A dancer urged Nelson to delete her Twitter account and ignore the comments for good.
Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out airs on Thursday, September 12 at 9pm on BBC One.
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