Little Mix star Jesy Nelson breaks down in tears during Milan show

Julia Hunt
Contributor

Jesy Nelson broke down in tears on stage as she sang a song about self-acceptance, just days after revealing that cyber-bullying led to her attempting suicide.

The Little Mix star – who opened up about her personal struggles in BBC programme Odd One Out - had to be comforted by her bandmates when she started to cry during a live show in Milan.

Introducing the song The Cure, Nelson told the crowd with a wobbly voice: “Anyone that is going through a struggle, is still going through a struggle, just know that you are not on your own ever and it’s all just part of life’s journey,”

As the group started singing, Nelson, 28, was clearly overcome with emotion.

Little Mix pose at the Brit Awards in London, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

She stopped and her bandmates Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock comforted her and put their arms around her.

Read more: Jesy Nelson opens up about suicide attempt

Earlier this month the singer told how she became almost obsessed with reading negative comments about herself after she found fame on The X Factor in 2011.

The Guardian quoted her as saying: “I had a routine of waking up, going on Twitter, searching for the worst things I could about myself.

“I’d type in the search bar, ‘Jesy fat’, or ‘Jesy ugly’, and see what would come up. Sometimes I didn’t even need to do that, I’d just write ‘Jesy’ and then I’d see all the horrible things.

“Everyone told me to ignore it – but it was like an addiction.”

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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.

Fans said the singer was “courageous” and “inspirational” after she recounted her struggle with cyber-bullying and its effects in her BBC documentary and interviews.