Little Mix star Jesy Nelson has revealed she wanted to erase all memory of her younger self, saying that she saw herself as the “fat one” from the group.
The singer, who won The X Factor with the band in 2011, recently took to Instagram to talk about her new documentary exploring issues surrounding body image and mental health in the age of social media.
Sharing an image of her younger self, Nelson explained that she was even unhappy with her appearance just six months ago.
“6 months ago this girl was someone I just wanted to forget,” she began. “I wanted to erase her from my mind and everyone else’s memory. I didn’t see her as Jesy I saw her as “the fat one from Little Mix.
“Up until now I hated her not because she’d ever done anything bad but because I was made to hate her by endless amounts of trolling.”
However, the singer said working on her new documentary for BBC One and BBC Three has made it possible for her to “love” the way she previously looked.
“I’ve made this documentary for 2011 Jesy and for anyone who might be feeling like she did,” she continued.
“I refused to speak about how I was feeling for so long. I was embarrassed and scared to. But I was so wrong to feel that way. Please if you are feeling how I did, SPEAK ABOUT IT. Talk to your family, speak to your friends, there’s always help out there.
“If you’d have told that girl one day you won’t feel sad anymore, I’d never have believed you.. .and here I am. Now when I look in the mirror, I don’t see Jesy the fat one, I see Jesy the happy one!”