Jesy Nelson’s Little Mix bandmates compare her to a ‘broken doll’ after devastating suicide attempt

Little Mix star Jesy Nelson’s bandmates have compared her to a “broken doll” after the singer revealed how the shocking abuse she received online caused her to attempt suicide.

Jesy has discussed the impact vile online comments have had on her mental health following her rise to fame in the X Factor girl group in her upcoming BBC documentary, Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out.

Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards have now spoken out on the impact the trolling had on their bandmate, with the girls saying that they watched her transform from an “amazing and funny girl” into a “broken doll”.

Jade told The Sun: “We just had to watch this amazing, funny girl become a bit like a broken doll. It was horrible."

She added: “I remember feeling really angry. I wanted to just find every single person that had ever said anything horrible to her, look them in the eye and say, 'Look what you’ve done to this girl'.

“Every single person that said something should have been held accountable for making her feel like that.”

It comes after Jesy candidly opened up on her mental health, revealing she had developed depression, an eating disorder and attempted suicide.

She told of how in 2013, when Little Mix returned to The X Factor, she had slimmed down, but was at her “lowest point” because she continued to get abuse online.

Jesy said she felt as if she "couldn't tolerate the pain any more”.

The singer’s bandmates, family and management found out about the attempt, but “once it was spoke about it wasn’t ever spoken about again” and the star was ordered to take time off, but she was too “frightened” of drawing attention to herself to take a break.

Jesy also heartbreakingly revealed how she would “starve herself” and skip events to avoid getting pictured.

Speaking about some of the cruel abuse she received, she said: “I’d become a bit of a joke. People would make memes, chopping my head off in a group photo and putting a monster or ET on there. I’d be in live Q&As and these things would pop up and I’d have to just sit there.”

Jesy, who is now dating Love Island hunk Chris Hughes, 26, turned a corner in February 2014, when her band toured with Demi Lovato.

During the tour, the dancers advised her to quit Twitter, which she did.

She added: “It was a long, hard process, because I didn’t want to help myself. But it wasn’t until I deleted Twitter that everything changed for me and I slowly started to feel normal again.”

The singer has since decided to take part in creating the documentary, Odd One Out, which airs later this week, and has since warned “people are going to be quite shocked” by its content.

Speaking in the trailer, Jesy said: “It’s me telling my story of online trolling and the online trolling that I suffered in the first five years of Little Mix.

In 2011, I was on X Factor, I was put in a girl group called Little Mix and we were all told we had to have social media.

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“The whole world had an opinion on me and they weren’t good ones.” She added: “I wasn’t known as one of the singers from Little Mix, I was known as the fat, ugly one. It literally consumed every part of me.”

Jesy’s bandmate, Jade Thirwall, who appears in the documentary, said: “We just had to watch this amazing, funny girl, become a bit like a broken doll. It was horrible.”

Singer Jesy added: “Seven in 10 people experience cyber bullying. I was one of them and it completely ruined my life.

“I think everyone needs to know the affects of what online trolling can do to people and how bad it can really get.”

The singer has previously opened up about creating the documentary in a candid Instagram post.

Sharing an old photograph of herself, she wrote in the caption: “6 months ago this girl was someone I just wanted to forget. I wanted to erase her from my mind and everyone else’s memory.

“I didn’t see her as Jesy I saw her as 'the fat one from Little Mix'. Up until now I hated her not because she’d ever done anything bad but because I was made to hate her by endless amounts of trolling.”

She then said since filming the documentary, she’s “learned so much” and has gone on an “emotional journey”.

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