Jesy Nelson has revealed she tried to kill herself after being sent death threats and constant comments about her appearance.
Nelson, 28, who shot to fame on “The X Factor” with Little Mix back in 2011, told the Sun of her overdose: “I just remember thinking, I just need this to go away, I’m going to end this.
“I remember going to the kitchen and just took as many tablets as I could. Then I laid in bed for ages and kept thinking, Let it happen. Hurry up.”
Nelson has now filmed an emotional BBC Three documentary, “Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out”, in which she talks to other people dealing with social media abuse.
The singer explained: “I had about 101 Facebook messages in my inbox, and the first one that came up was from some random man, saying: ‘You are the ugliest thing I’ve seen in my life, you do not deserve to be in this girl band. You deserve to die.’
“It became the worst time of my life. I wasn’t just known as one of the singers in Little Mix, I was known as ‘the fat, ugly one,'” she added, according to NME.
Nelson said, when the band returned to “The X Factor” in 2013, “I’d lost quite a bit of weight, and we were going back on ‘X Factor’ to perform our new single. All I cared about was people seeing me and saying ‘Oh, she looks good.’ I starved myself for a week.
“I thought, I could be the skinniest girl in the world, and this is never going to go away. That was the point I got severely depressed.”
The musician then did an interview with Capital FM, telling the presenters of her bandmates: “They’re living their dream, so to have someone in the band who’s constantly down and depressed all the time, you don’t want that when you’re living your best life.
“I was like ‘I just want to know what it feels like to be happy.'”
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help.
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 all offer ways of getting help if you, or someone you know, may be suffering from mental health issues.