Jesy Nelson has been called “courageous” and “inspirational” after opening up about the devastating effect of cyber-bullying and how it led to her attempting suicide.
The Little Mix singer, 28, documented her struggles with online abuse in BBC programme Odd One Out.
Nelson told how she became almost obsessed with reading negative comments about herself after she found fame on The X Factor in 2011.
She hit rock bottom after facing more abuse about her appearance when she returned to the show two years later, and attempted to take her own life.
Having started to recover when she came off Twitter, Nelson is now raising awareness of the effect of online abuse.
The eye-opening programme triggered a huge response on social media, where Nelson was praised for her bravery in coming forward.
Presenter Stacey Dooley said: “Jesy, you a total star.
My god, this doc.
Jesy, you a total star. ✨
To everyone who consistently digs out other people online, your behaviour has such serious consequences.
We all need to make a conscious effort to just be a bit kinder.
— Stacey Dooley (@StaceyDooley) September 12, 2019
“To everyone who consistently digs out other people online, your behaviour has such serious consequences. We all need to make a conscious effort to just be a bit kinder.”
Actress Emily Atack said she thought the documentary should be shown in schools.
“Jesy Nelson’s Odd One Out - show it in schools, tell your mates, watch it,” she urged. “Let’s knock this s*** on the head.”
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Strictly dancer Kevin Clifton tweeted: “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 agenda should watch and please consider how your behaviour can affect people.”
Just watched #JesyNelson doc. What an absolute star. 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.
— Kevin Clifton (@keviclifton) September 12, 2019
Tulisa Contostavlos, who mentored Little Mix on The X Factor, wrote: “‘Dear Jesy. What a brave, beautiful, talented and loved girl you are.
“Knowing you were going through all of this in silence breaks my heart but to see the person you have become, rise above the dark times and now be in a place to help others shows the world just how strong you have always been.”
— Tulisa (@officialtulisa) September 12, 2019
Fans were also bowled over by the documentary.
“What a strong and courageous woman you are miss nelson,” one person tweeted.
What a strong and courageous woman you are miss nelson! I hope people will watch this and realise that there's people out there who can help you over come whatever your going through and like jesy said there is always a light at the end of the tunnel ❤️#OddOneOut
— Connie (@Connor09661249) September 12, 2019
“You are inspirational for others going through this,” posted another.
Jesy I am disgusted that these social media platforms are not doing more to stop this barbaric behaviour of these faceless cowards! You are inspirational for others going through this - be proud of yourself you are beautiful!
— Wendy saini (@SainiWendy) September 13, 2019
Little Mix were formed on The X Factor in 2011.