Little Mix's Jesy Nelson targeted by trolls telling her to 'die' after Belfast gigs axed due to illness
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.
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.
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.
first my one direction concert and now my little mix concert wow! #GetWeirdTourBelfast— . (@tmhloserkid) March 31, 2016
My Goddaughters first concert experience has just been ruined. Child is in hysterics. #GetWeirdTourBelfast— Jan Gilmore (@ThirteenRivers) March 31, 2016
— robyn (@RobynSurgenor) March 31, 2016
Belfast is 100% cursed, first one direction now little mix cancelled. Must be joking. #GetWeirdTourBelfast
— Timothy Thorpe (@tngj) March 31, 2016
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.