Jesy Nelson recalls 'mentally bullying herself every day' over weight

Jesy Nelson has opened up about ‘mentally bullying’ herself every day over her weight.

The Break-Up Song singer took to Instagram to share a throwback snap from her Little Mix days.

Alongside the upload, showing the 29-year-old lying on the floor of a gym with her face covered, she revealed the photo made her feel ’so sad’. 

‘I just saw this picture pop up on my feed and it made me feel so sad,’ she began. 

‘On the day this picture was taken, I remember going to the gym with my manager and I stood in the mirror and I said, “God I’m so fat I just want my legs to be like this” and I pulled my skin around to try and create a thigh gap because I genuinely believed that being skinny would make me happier. 

‘And even when I got to a size 8 from starving myself, I still wasn’t happy. I mentally bullied myself everyday to try to please other people. It’s taken me 10 years to realise that I’m the only person I need to please.

‘As humans we find it so easy to pay other people compliments but yet we find it so hard to be kind to ourselves because it’s so much easier to pick ourselves apart than to find the things we love about ourselves.’

Urging fans to love themselves, she added: ‘So if you’re someone who is feeling like I was, please don’t waste years of you’re life seeking approval from others, seek approval from yourself. Be your number one fan. 

‘You are the one in control of your happiness and you are the only one of you in this world and that’s pretty f**king powerful! [sic].’

Fans quickly flooded Jesy’s candid post, rushing to praise her honesty.

‘I love you Jesy Nelson, for being such a a powerful, talented and an incredible woman,’ a follower commented.

‘You’re tremendously inspiring and words can’t explain how much we love you. Don’t you ever doubt of yourself, you’re beautiful inside and out.’

‘Jesy you’re such an inspiration to us all,’ an Instagram user agreed. ‘You make me so proud every single day. 

‘I am so grateful for you and everything you do. I love you.’

Another posted: ‘You can’t imagine how many people need to read this. Thank you baby girl. love you.’

As one added: ‘You’re incredible baby girl. I couldn’t be prouder of you. Thank you for speaking up. You’re so inspiring Jesy.’

We couldn’t agree more.


If you suspect you, a family member or friend has an eating disorder, contact Beat on 0808 801 0677 or at [email protected], for information and advice on the best way to get appropriate treatment

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