Jesy Nelson is part of the four-part girl group Little Mix who were formed in 2011 during season 8 of The X Factor which they went on to win. Jesy delves deep into the cyberbullying and abuse that she received after staring on The X Factor and how it affected her mental health in the new BBC documentary ‘Odd One Out’ which you can watch here.
Jesy talks about how her time on The X Factor put her in the public eye after they asked her to make social media accounts so Jesy could interact with her fanbase. Shortly after Jesy began to experience a large amount of cyberbullying were she was referred to as ‘the fat one from Little Mix’ and other comments regarding her appearance and weight. She reveals that what should have been the happiest time of her life, winning The X Factor, was one of the loneliest and that she attempted suicide because she felt as though the whole world hated her. 4 years after attempting suicide, Jesy still feels affected by the trolling she endured and talks about how it affects her career, relationships and her body image.
I, like many, found Odd One Out incredibly heartbreaking to watch. Hearing Jesy speak openly about her experiences with bullying really hit home for me. I am not a stranger to bullying or online trolling and watching this documentary brought back those feelings and reminded me that things do need to change so others do not have to go through the same. Jesy visits the home of Sian Waterhouse a 16-year-old who committed suicide as a result of bullying, Jesy tears up as she looks around Sian’s room which hasn’t been touched since her death. It is absolutely devastating to think that a 16-year-old has lost their life due to the harsh comments of others and to see how her family are affected by the loss of their child.
Jesy hopes that by viewing this documentary people will be able to see the impact of their actions and put an end to cyberbullying. ‘Odd One Out’ shows us that even fame doesn’t stop online attacks and that anyone can be bullied.
I was truly moved by this documentary and I believe more people should watch it and we need to start tackling these issues and stop letting hate win. Jesy explains how the cyberbullying and online attacks began to open up her inner critic who began to believe the things that people were saying about her. I know from experience that being targetted at by one person is horrible so I can not begin to imagine how Jesy felt when she realised she had all of these people attacking her over the internet with messages of hate.
This documentary really helps shed light on what people in this generation are dealing with, especially people in education. It’s showing that there is no escape from social media and the people behind the trolling are not being held accountable for their actions but most importantly the impact that this is having on young people’s mental health leading some to believe suicide is an option.
I’d love to finish this post by saying I am in awe of Jesy and how she managed to find the confidence and bravery to share her story and try to help others with similar experiences. I really hope this show will affect the lives of many and that she can inspire young women who follow her. Jesy has come along way since Little Mix and I hope she can continue to learn to love herself and keep spreading the message. If you haven’t already make sure you watch Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out here on BBC iPlayer it definitely has my recommendation!