Jesy Nelson’s sister has said she’s facing a “new wave of bullying”, after being accused of “blackfishing”.
On Friday night, the singer’s older sibling Jade slammed people for “bullying” Jesy in a candid post shared on Instagram.
She wrote: “When bullies deliberately, and under-handedly set out to hurt someone they never expect to get caught. That’s why they try to get other people to do it for them.”
“However, when they are exposed for and the victim simply stands up for themselves the bully quickly tries to turn the tables to make the victim take the blame.
“That’s what bullies do,” she continued. “I was taught never to be intimidated by bullies, but to stand up for myself when I have been wronged.”
“My sister was targeted and bullied throughout her career. The people who knew her best knew the exact extent to how bullying affected her.”
“They should also know the potential impact of this new wave of bullying could have. Is this really what you want to do?”
“Please all of you, media and everyone, just stop, because you know her heart, her authenticity, her complete accepting and uncritical nature, I know you do,” she added.
On October 8, Jesy’s highly anticipated debut single ‘Boyz’ was released.
The 30-year-old collaborated with Nicki Minaj on the track, which heavily samples P Diddy’s 2001 song Bad Boy For Life.
Jesy came under fire for the music video, as many accused her of altering her appearance to seem Black or racially ambiguous – otherwise known as “blackfishing”.
Jesy addressed the blackfishing claims during a recent interview with Vulture, saying: “The whole time I was in Little Mix I never got any of that. And then I came out of [the band] and people all of a sudden were saying it.”
“I wasn’t on social media around that time, so I let my team [deal with it], because that was when I’d just left.”
“But I mean, like, I love Black culture. I love Black music. That’s all I know; it’s what I grew up on. I’m very aware that I’m a white British woman; I’ve never said that I wasn’t.”
In a separate statement addressing the accusations, Jesy added: “I take all those comments made seriously.”
“I would never intentionally do anything to make myself look racially ambiguous, so that’s why I was initially shocked that the term was directed at me.”
Amid the controversy, messages between Instagram user @nohun_ and Jesy’s former Little Mix bandmate Leigh-Anne Pinnock were leaked.
According to screenshots posted online, Leigh-Anne allegedly asked NoHun to make a video about Jesy “being a black fish”.
The alleged messages from Leigh-Anne also accused Jesy of blocking her and her Little Mix bandmates, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall, on social media.
Nicki Minaj then weighed in on the drama during an Instagram Live with Jesy.
The rapper said: “Sweetheart, take them text messages and shove it up your f***ing ass, because when you do clown shit I got to treat you and talk to you like you a clown.”
“If you was in this woman’s group and you ain’t talk about this s**t for 10 years, and as soon as you see she got a video coming out with Nicki Minaj and Puffy, now you sending text messages and all this shit…”
“Print those text messages out, bust your ass open and shove them up your motherf***ing ass.”
“Stop trying to hurt people and kill people’s lives and careers, this is the way people feed their families. Stop – if you want a solo career, baby girl, just say that.”
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The rapper continued: “You can go out and put your own music. We’re gonna support you and love you. That’s it. You don’t have to attack someone else. If that’s how you felt, why were you kiki’ing with her and being in the videos with her for 10 years?”
“Now, all of a sudden she’s not in a video with you, you have some negative, evil thing to do and say? Stop.”
“Only jealous people do things like this. It makes you a big jealous bozo. I love you guys but please don’t do this. Let these people be miserable all by themselves.”
Jesy, who was also on the Instagram Live, didn’t say anything during Nicki’s rant, but occasionally laughed at some of her comments.
Nicki then took to Twitter to slam Leigh-Anne even further, writing: “JeLeigh btchs actin real messy…”
“If you know someone has been suicidal from bullying in the past, why try to get a bunch of ppl to bully them again about smthng else, on an even bigger scale? Shame on you— that’s rlly sad. You don’t know what ppl can deal with.”
Days later, Leigh-Anne broke down in tears at her 30th birthday party as she defended her character during an emotional speech.
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The mum-of-two said through tears: “I know my character, you know my character, anyone that meet me knows my f***ing character. That’s all I care about.”
“I’m so proud of everything I’ve achieved. I’ve got the most beautiful fiancé who I’m still pretty much obsessed with after five years, and the two most beautiful, perfect f***king babies.”