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Little Mix's Jesy Nelson targeted by trolls telling her to 'die' after Belfast gigs axed due to illness

By Claire Williamson

Published 01/04/2016

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Jesy Nelson of Little Mix
Jesy Nelson (far right) promised on Instagram that Little Mix would dedicate a song at their Belfast show.
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Little Mix perform on stage during the 2016 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
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Jade Thirlwall (fourth right), Perrie Edwards (second left), Jesy Nelson (third right) and Leigh-Anne Pinnock (second right) of Little Mix with their mothers arriving for the 2016 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 24, 2016. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
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Little Mix are spending their third week at the top of the charts with their track Black Magic
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Little Mix star Jesy Nelson has been targeted by online trolls telling her to "die" after the band's Belfast shows were cancelled when the singer took unwell.

The four-piece who found fame on The X Factor were due to play two gigs at the SSE Arena Belfast on Thursday afternoon.

Little Mix release dates of rescheduled SSE Arena Belfast shows after Jesy Nelson took ill  

Fans were left heartbroken when minutes after the doors were supposed to open for the matinee performance an announcement was made that the show and the evening performance were being rescheduled.

A statement by Aiken promotions said: "We regret to announce that both Little Mix shows at the SSE Arena will not take place today due to Jessie being unwell and not able to perform.

"Please hold on to your tickets - we hope to be able to make a further announcement on possible rescheduling later today."

They later added: "Sadly Jesy is unwell and unable to sing, and as a result both the matinee and evening shows are cancelled. Little Mix would like to apologise to their fans. Ticket holders should hold on to their tickets and await further news."

Doors were due to open for their first show on Thursday at 1.30pm and a second show was scheduled for 6.30pm.

The band had played the 3Arena in Dublin on Wednesday night and hours before the band were due to take to the Belfast stage they were retweeting pictures of fans waiting outside the arena and had tweeted asking fans to "get weird".

The band are due to perform in Belfast again on 19 April.

Now in the wake of the disappointment Jesy has been the victim of online trolls who told her to "kill herself" and made offensive comments about her weight.

Flashback to the fallout from Little Mix cancellation of Belfast gig - Seven year-old Lola Gilmore from Portadown
Flashback to the fallout from Little Mix cancellation of Belfast gig - Seven year-old Lola Gilmore from Portadown
Flashback to the fallout from Little Mix cancellation of Belfast gig - Disappointed Little Mix fans at the SSE arena Emile Watson Claire McLaughlin Eve Graham Picture: Kevin Scott
Mia Lundy (5) from Coleraine was in tears
Disappointed Little Mix fans at the SSE arena Katie Dougan and Alex Redpath Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -31st March 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Angry Little Mix fans pictured at the SSE Arena after todays concerts were cancelled due to illness of one of the band members. Ella and Amy Louise McLaughlin from Belfast
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -31st March 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Angry Little Mix fans pictured at the SSE Arena after todays concerts were cancelled due to illness of one of the band members. Aoife,Shiuna and Katie Lennon from Monaghan.
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -31st March 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Angry Little Mix fans pictured at the SSE Arena after todays concerts were cancelled due to illness of one of the band members. Keela Laverty from Lisburn.
Emma, Erin, Clodagh, Leann, Jamie, Rhiannin, Megan and Fiona were all left frustrated at the cancellation
Angry Little Mix fans pictured at the SSE Arena after todays concerts were cancelled due to illness of one of the band members. Megan and Lilly Doherty Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -31st March 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Angry Little Mix fans pictured at the SSE Arena after todays concerts were cancelled due to illness of one of the band members.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 31/03/2016 Little Mix fans were left distraught to find out their concert had been cancelled as they were ready to enter the SSE Arena. The band Little Mix have been forced to cancel their Belfast gigs after Jesy Nelson became unwell. The girl band were due to play a matinee and evening show at the SSE Arena on Thursday. The cancellation announcement came just minutes after the doors opened for the afternoon performance. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 31/03/2016 Sauna Heaney is comforted by her mother Emma as Little Mix fans were left distraught to find out their concert had been cancelled as they were ready to enter the SSE Arena. The band Little Mix have been forced to cancel their Belfast gigs after Jesy Nelson became unwell. The girl band were due to play a matinee and evening show at the SSE Arena on Thursday. The cancellation announcement came just minutes after the doors opened for the afternoon performance.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 31/03/2016 Little Mix fans were left distraught to find out their concert had been cancelled as they were ready to enter the SSE Arena. The band Little Mix have been forced to cancel their Belfast gigs after Jesy Nelson became unwell. The girl band were due to play a matinee and evening show at the SSE Arena on Thursday. The cancellation announcement came just minutes after the doors opened for the afternoon performance. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 31/03/2016 Little Mix fans were left distraught to find out their concert had been cancelled as they were ready to enter the SSE Arena. The band Little Mix have been forced to cancel their Belfast gigs after Jesy Nelson became unwell. The girl band were due to play a matinee and evening show at the SSE Arena on Thursday. The cancellation announcement came just minutes after the doors opened for the afternoon performance. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 31/03/2016 Little Mix fans were left distraught to find out their concert had been cancelled as they were ready to enter the SSE Arena. The band Little Mix have been forced to cancel their Belfast gigs after Jesy Nelson became unwell. The girl band were due to play a matinee and evening show at the SSE Arena on Thursday. The cancellation announcement came just minutes after the doors opened for the afternoon performance.
Little Mix Thursday afternoon concert at SSE Arena Belfast was cancelled after a member fell ill. Long journey back to the North West. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Disappointed Little Mix fans at the SSE arena Katie Coyle, Georgia Linehan, Carolyn Fitzsimons, Maeve Linehan and Fiona Linehan Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Little Mix Thursday afternoon concert at SSE Arena Belfast was cancelled after a member fell ill. Long journey back to the North West. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Disappointed Little Mix fans at the SSE arena Katie Dougan 8 Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Disappointed Little Mix fans at the SSE arena Emma, Erin, Clodagh , Leann, Jamie, Rhiannin , Megan and Fiona Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

The star had broken down onstage in Dublin on Wednesday and her fellow band members rushed to console her as she said she was feeling very emotional.

The comments were made on the singer's Instagram page with one persistent user sparking horror among Little Mix fans with her remarks.








Heartbroken fans have been sharing their heartache and devastation on social media, many voicing outrage at the last minute nature of the announcement.

Many had travelled a distance to get there with some coming from Galway, Wales and Liverpool.

There were also bus loads who journeyed from Londonderry.

Tara Clelland told the Belfast Telegraph: "I was taking my 10-year-old tonight, she is devasated."

Carolyn McWilliams said: "I am gutted that tonight’s concert has been cancelled as I purchased the tickets for my daughter's 10th birthday which is today. 

"We didn’t have a party or anything as she was attending the concert and now we have nothing #oneunhappylittlebirthdaygirl"

Ciara McGeough said: "I was suppose to be taking my 11 year old niece. This is a complete joke how can they go from twitter asking people waiting outside the arena to 'get weird' to canceling the show because 1 of them is sick. Seriously. She got so sick in the space of an hour."

Last October, One Direction cancelled their show at the SSE Arena at the last minute as band member Liam payne was sick and unable to go on stage.

Most of the audience was already inside the venue when the cancellation announcement was made.

The band went on to play their second show the next day and disappointed fans who had missed out on the first show were offered tickets to a rescheduled gig later that week.

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