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Jesy Nelson tests positive for Covid-19

The singer said she is self-isolating at home and will not be performing at the Hits Live concert in Birmingham on Saturday

By Hollie Geraghty

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

Jesy Nelson has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self-isolating at home.

The former Little Mix singer posted on her Instagram story Tuesday (November 16), that she was feeling unwell for a few days, and had tested positive for Covid.

“After feeling unwell for the last few days, I’ve sadly tested positive for Covid which means I’m now self-isolating, following government guidelines,” she wrote.

She said she would no longer be able to perform at the Hits Live concert in Birmingham on Saturday (November 20).

“Apologies to any of my fans who bought tickets and I’m so sorry I can no longer be there,” she added. “I hope you all have an amazing night, stay safe and I can’t wait to see you all soon love you so much.”

The concert was set to be Nelson’s first show since leaving Little Mix and going solo.

The ‘Boyz’ singer is also due to perform at Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball in December, alongside Justin Bieber, Sigrid, Coldplay, Becky Hill, Years & Years and more.

Nelson has faced some controversy since leaving the band, having been accused of Blackfishing in her debut solo single ‘Boyz’, which was followed by rumours of an alleged feud with her former bandmates when track collaborator Nicki Minaj accused Leigh-Anne Pinnock of being “jealous” of the newly solo artist. 

In a recent interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Little Mix spoke about the supposed feud, and said they “don’t really want to dwell” on the alleged falling out “because we have so much to celebrate as a three”.

They were also asked about the Blackfishing controversy, confirming that they had spoken with Nelson about it before she left the band.

“Capitalising on aspects of Blackness without having to endure the daily realities of the Black experience is problematic and harmful to people of colour,” Pinnock said.

“We think it’s absolutely not okay to use harmful stereotypes. There’s so much to say on that subject that it’s hard to sum up in a soundbite.”

Jade Thirlwall added: “We don’t want to talk about the video, or be critical, but one thing we will clarify regarding the Blackfishing situation is that Jesy was approached by the group in a very friendly, educational manner.

Last month Nelson also confirmed that she no longer speaks to her former bandmates. Appearing on the Graham Norton show on October 29 she was asked about her departure from the band after nine years together.

“We’re not talking anymore. 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 said.