Little Mix's Jesy Nelson to reveal own mental health battle in upcoming documentary

Amy West
Contributor
Little Mix star Jesy Nelson is making a mental health documentary alongside the BBC (David Parry/Getty Images)

Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson is set to talk publicly about her own mental health struggles in an one-off documentary for the BBC. The film will reportedly tackle subjects such as emotional well being, body shaming and the pressures of growing up in the age of social media.

Since being propelled into the spotlight after she and fellow band members Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards won The X Factor in 2011, Nelson has opened up about how she has been on the receiving end of relentless negative comments throughout her music career.


Back in October, she revealed to Lorraine Kelly on the presenter’s ITV breakfast show that she used to be ” so insecure” because trolls would regularly make derogatory comments about her appearance.

“What I used to think about myself completely changed,” she recalled. “I believed everything everyone said. “I don’t know where the turning point was,” she continued. “But we’ve all just learnt not to care anymore.”

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As well as talking about how she’s personally been affected by such issues, the new documentary will also see Nelson discuss with other young people about their experiences.

Announcing the news on Instagram, Nelson posted a video of herself reeling off statistics and explaining why it meant to so much to her to get involved with the project in the first place.


“One in four men and women suffer from mental health and it’s a subject that I personally feel like we don’t speak about enough,” she said to the camera. “I’m making this film because I really, really want to make a change and difference to other people’s lives.”

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While it’s yet to have been revealed when the documentary will air, it’s clear from the tagged accounts on Nelson’s post that the documentary – which is rumoured to be titled Jesy Nelson: My Story – will be available to watch on online platform BBC Three, as well as television channel BBC One.