Little Mix's Jesy Nelson opens up on experiencing panic attack during Live Lounge performance

Amy Johnson
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Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall attend the launch of the PrettyLittleThing x Little Mix collection at Aynhoe Park House on November 6, 2019 in Banbury, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall attend the launch of the PrettyLittleThing x Little Mix collection at Aynhoe Park House on November 6, 2019 in Banbury, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson has spoken about suffering a panic attack during the group's set on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge on Tuesday.

Their performance was halted after it appeared Nelson was in tears and being comforted by her bandmates, with her later explaining on Instagram that "nerves got the better of me”.

Sharing a video of herself, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall covering Harry Style's Falling, she wrote: "So my nerves got the better of me today and I had panic attack right before we were about to sing this for live lounge today and like a pro @perrieedwards jumped in for my part last minute and smashed it 😇 this is what we originally did in rehearsals ❤️."

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Metro reports the cameras were turned off at the time before Nelson bravely returned to finish the performance.

The 29-year-old has been candid about her mental health in the past and has opened up about living with anxiety.

Her award-winning documentary Odd One Out explored the affects bullying and trolling had on her mental health after being bombarded with cyber abuse.

Nelson also spoke of how she had attempted suicide after a return to the X Factor in 2013 saw more abuse thrown at her.

Jesy Nelson with the award for best factual in the Press Room during the National Television Awards at London's O2 Arena. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
Jesy Nelson with the award for best factual in the Press Room during the National Television Awards at London's O2 Arena. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

On her recovery, Nelson said: “It was a long, hard process, because I didn’t want to help myself. But it wasn’t until I deleted Twitter that everything changed for me and I slowly started to feel normal again.”

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The documentary received wide-spread praise and the star won the Factual Award at this year's National Television Awards.

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