Romford X Factor singer bullied over weight receives support from fans
PUBLISHED: 10:33 01 November 2011 | UPDATED: 11:55 01 November 2011
Photographs © Copyright Ken McKay 2011
Romford girl Jesy Nelson, member of X factor girl group Little Mix, has been facing a struggle over her weight after bullies targeted her.
The singer broke down in tears during Saturday’s show after talking about hurtful comment on Twitter about her weight.
The 20-year-old said she was upset about the comments making her feel insecure about the way she looks.
She said on the show: “People are writing a few nasty comments and it has just got to me a little bit. When you’ve got your own insecurities and then when people go and tell you and write them on websites for everyone to see it just makes you feel really rubbish.
“Being in a girl group with three beautiful girls who are a lot slimmer and smaller than me... and obviously I know I’m a lot bigger. I find it really hard when people publicise it on Twitter.”
Her mum Janis said: “She was really upset about the nasty things other people were writing about her.
“I tried to tell her to ignore it, but it is difficult when it is about you. She has received so much support since then and when she arrived at the studio there were people holding banners up to show they supported her.”
The girls sang a haunting version of ET by Katy Perry while sat on swings and dressed as porcelain dolls.
Her mum said: “I thought they sang really well together and the response has been great.”
The girls also faced changing the name of their group last week from Rhythmix because there is already a charity with the same name.
They decided on Little Mix, and mum Janis said the girls could not be happier.
She said: “It was already the name of a charity and they didn’t want to cause any problems, so it was the best decision all around. It was something they chose together and people will soon get used to the new name.”
This week the contestants will be choosing a club classic to perform on Saturday night’s show.