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Jesy Nelson confirms she no longer speaks to Little Mix bandmates

"It is sad but honestly there is no bad blood from my side, and I still love them to pieces"

By Hollie Geraghty

Jesy Nelson in the music video for 'Boyz'
Jesy Nelson. (Photo: YouTube).

Jesy Nelson has shared that she no longer speaks to her former Little Mix bandmates.

Speaking on the Graham Norton show which will air tonight (October 29), the newly solo artist was asked about her departure from the band after nine years together.

She said: “We’re not talking any more. It is sad but honestly there is no bad blood from my side, and I still love them to pieces and genuinely wish them all the best.”

She added: “I loved my time with them, and we’ve got the most incredible memories together, but it’s just one of those things which needs to take time, so who knows.

“To me they are still the sickest girl band in the world.

Rumours of a feud with the band surfaced in the fallout of accusations against Nelson of ‘Blackfishing’ in her solo debut single ‘Boyz’ with Nicki Minaj.

Blackfishing is a term used to describe someone who is accused of altering their appearance to appear Black.

The artist had been accused of singing with a ‘Blaccent’ on her new track and looking racially ambiguous. 

Nelson and Minaj hosted an Instagram Live chat on October 11, in which the US rapper addressed the “leaked DMs” allegedly sent from Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock which referenced Blackfishing and described Nelson as a “horrible person”.

Minaj said in the Instagram live: “Only jealous people do things like this. It makes you a big jealous bozo. I love you guys but please don’t do this. Let these people be miserable all by themselves.”

Nelson addressed the accusations of Blackfishing, which had been raised previously before her solo debut, in an interview with Vulture.

“The whole time I was in Little Mix I never got any of that. And then I came out of [the band] and people all of a sudden were saying it,” she said.

“I wasn’t on social media around that time, so I let my team [deal with it], because that was when I’d just left. But I mean, like, I love Black culture. I love Black music. That’s all I know; it’s what I grew up on?

“I’m very aware that I’m a white British woman; I’ve never said that I wasn’t.”

Nelson was also asked if comments calling her out for Blackfishing were being deleted on Instagram. She said: “I don’t know about that. Maybe it was my team.”

Her publicist has since confirmed that her management had been deleting some comments and blocked users.