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Stars flock to support Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson over BBC documentary

Nelson documented her battles against social media trolls in Odd One Out.

Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson has been praised as an inspiration (David Parry/PA)
Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson has been praised as an inspiration (David Parry/PA)

By Keiran Southern, PA

Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson has been praised as an “inspiration” after appearing in a BBC documentary about online bullying.

Nelson stunned fans earlier this week when she revealed she tried to take her own life due to comments on social media about her weight and image.

The 28-year-old documented her struggles in Odd One Out, which aired on Thursday.

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Little Mix star Jesy Nelson has been praised after appearing in a documentary about cyber bullying (Scott Garfitt/PA)

It showed the relentless waves of abuse thrown at Nelson after Little Mix’s X Factor win in 2011 and covered her attempt to take her own life in 2013 after becoming “obsessed” with the negative comments.

After the documentary aired, Nelson was praised by fans and fellow celebrities. Her Little Mix bandmates, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards, said they were “so proud”.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Kevin Clifton described Nelson as an “absolute star”.

He said: “Thank you for doing this. Very strong and brave. Related to a lot of things u said All media/press and trolls who have unkind agendas should watch and please consider how your behaviour can affect people.”

Tilly Keeper, who plays Louise Mitchell on EastEnders, tweeted: “I implore you to watch Jesy Nelson’s documentary #OddOneOut Brave, inspiring and necessary in today’s technological and social media crazed climate.”

And Labour MP for Wigan Lisa Nandy said: “So much love for @LittleMix star Jesy Nelson for showing how bad online abuse has got and for being such an incredible role model.

“Online bullies and the companies that enable them must be held to account. And we should all be much, much kinder #OddOneOut.”

Two former Geordie Shore stars called on social media platforms to introduce measures to hinder trolls.

Charlotte Crosby said: “Jesy nelson is a brave beautiful women. But sadly she’s not the only one who falls victim to the abuse from troll accounts with no identities.

“This has gone on for too long now. SORT IT OUT SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD.”

Holly Hagan suggested social media users should be forced to use their real identities.

She tweeted: “I’ve said it before and I say it again. We NEED a verification system on social media where people HAVE to use their own identities.

“This will stop children who are too young being on social media and also stop fake accounts @Twitter make this happen you have a responsibility.”

People can contact Samaritans by phone, free of charge, on 116123, via email at jo@samaritans.org or can visit www.samaritans.org to find details of their local branch.

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