Jesy Nelson Claims She Was Forced To Do Little Mix Bikini Shoots While Suffering Depression

Jesy Nelson has claimed that she was 'forced to strip for shoots' in her Little Mix days. 
Credit: @littlemix/Instagram

Jesy Nelson has claimed that she was often forced to do ‘photoshoots in a bikini’ during her time in Little Mix, despite suffering from depression. 

Chatting with Fearne Cotton for her podcast, Happy Place, the 30-year-old said she felt like she had ‘no control’ over her life in the best-selling girl band, and some days she struggled to ‘get out of bed’.

She said: “I would have days when I was thinking, ‘How am I going to get out of bed today. I feel so depressed I don’t know how I am going to get out of bed today?’

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“I would have to do a photoshoot in a bikini.”

She added: “I felt like I had no control over my life.

“I didn’t come into this industry for people to literally tear me down for what I look like.”

Nelson then compared her time in Little Mix to being like a ‘machine’.

“It is f***ing hard being in a girl band,” she said. “It is like a machine. You don’t have any time to just be. Or do what you actually want to do.”

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Jesy Nelson
Jesy Nelson claimed she was ‘forced to strip’ during her time in Little Mix. Credit: @littlemix/Instagram

Previously, the pop star has revealed that there was a ‘breaking point’ that made her walk away.

In a chat with Cosmopolitan, she claimed it was when the girls filmed the ‘Sweet Melody’ music video.

She recalled: “I had anxiety. Whenever we had a music video, I put an enormous amount of pressure on myself to try and lose weight.

“I have a fear of looking back on the camera. If I don’t like what I see, I find it so hard to be in front of the camera and feel amazing and perform.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.