Jesy Nelson was reportedly warned by Leigh-Anne Pinnock ‘not to use dark fake tan because it can be offensive to black people’.
The singer is said to have been pulled to one side by her ex-Little Mix bandmate while she was still a part of the best-selling group.
According to The Sun, a source said: “Leigh-Anne had a conversation with Jesy, trying to explain why she was upset and why it could be offensive.
“She felt she had to address it while making her racism documentary, but it apparently fell on deaf ears.”
Nelson has responded to the claims in a chat with Vulture and insisted she is ‘very aware’ that she is white.
She told the publication: “I’m very aware that I’m a white British woman; I’ve never said that I wasn’t.
“But I mean, like, I love black culture. I love black music. That’s all I know; it’s what I grew up on.”
The 30-year-old also took to Instagram with Nicki Minaj to defend herself against the claims.
She said: “I just personally want to say, it was never my intention to offend people of colour with this video – this is what I grew up with.
“In my opinion, 90/00s R’n’B is the best era of music. I just wanted to celebrate that. My intentions were never to offend anyone.
“It really hurts me that I have hurt people’s feelings.”
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