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Jesy Nelson shares childhood snap and message for fans amid blackfishing row with Leigh-Anne Pinnock

She has been embroiled in a bitter feud with her former Little Mix bandmate Leigh-Anne Pinnock in recent weeks.

But on Friday, Jesy Nelson, 30, put the drama aside as she shared a sweet childhood snap to Instagram, alongside an inspiring message about believing in yourself. 

Last week, Jesy was slammed by Leigh-Anne who accused her of ‘blackfishing’ – a term used to describe a white person attempting to appear to have black heritage – in leaked Instagram messages.  

‘Little Jesy would be really proud of you’: Jesy Nelson shares this sweet childhood snap to Instagram on Friday and urged fans to ‘never let anyone’ discourage you from your dreams, amid her blackfishing row with former Little Mix bandmate Leigh-Anne Pinnock

In the childhood snap, Jesy looked adorable with a pink flower in her hair as she smiled and pointed at the camera.

Referencing just how far she’s come in her career, including the success of her debut track Boyz, Jesy penned: ‘Little Jesy would be really proud of you. If there’s anyone out there with a dream, don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve it!’ 

Jesy urged her fans to never stop believing, no matter how big their goals seem.

Empowering: Jesy (pictured this month), shared an inspiring message about believing in yourself. 'Little Jesy would be really proud of you. If there's anyone out there with a dream, don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't achieve it!' the 30-year-old wrote online

Empowering: Jesy (pictured this month), shared an inspiring message about believing in yourself. ‘Little Jesy would be really proud of you. If there’s anyone out there with a dream, don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve it!’ the 30-year-old wrote online

Encouragement: Jesy urged her fans to never stop believing, no matter how big their goals seem. 'Keep believing in YOU no matter what is put in your way, because there's only one you in this world and that is your power,' the pop star wrote

Encouragement: Jesy urged her fans to never stop believing, no matter how big their goals seem. ‘Keep believing in YOU no matter what is put in your way, because there’s only one you in this world and that is your power,’ the pop star wrote 

Reaching new heights: Jesy accompanied the childhood snap and empowering caption with a photo of herself and P. Diddy, who makes a cameo on Boyz. She also revealed her placings on the UK's music charts - first for top song and fourth for top artist

Reaching new heights: Jesy accompanied the childhood snap and empowering caption with a photo of herself and P. Diddy, who makes a cameo on Boyz. She also revealed her placings on the UK’s music charts – first for top song and fourth for top artist

‘You can do whatever you set your mind to in life, nothing is ever too big to dream if you work hard enough for it. Keep believing in YOU no matter what is put in your way, because there’s only one you in this world and that is your power,’ she wrote.

‘Your thoughts are POWERFUL so keep them positive, keep manifesting, you are the creator of your reality. You get to decide how life goes for you.’

Jesy accompanied the childhood snap and empowering caption with a photo of herself and P. Diddy, who makes a cameo on Boyz.

She also revealed her placings on the UK’s music charts – first for top song and fourth for top artist – alongside her collaborator Nicki Minaj.

Claims: Last week, Jesy was slammed by Leigh-Anne (pictured), 30, who accused her of 'blackfishing' in the music video for her debut single Boyz - a term used to describe a white person attempting to appear to have black heritage

Claims: Last week, Jesy was slammed by Leigh-Anne (pictured), 30, who accused her of ‘blackfishing’ in the music video for her debut single Boyz – a term used to describe a white person attempting to appear to have black heritage

Last week, Leigh-Anne, 30, accused Jesy of blackfishing in the music video for Boyz in leaked messages with influencer NoHun. 

Jesy then took part in an Instagram livestream with Boyz collaborator Nicki Minaj, who accused Leigh-Anne of trying to ruin Jesy’s new solo career and branded the new mother and the rest of the group ‘jealous miserable clowns’.  

The songstress was then said to be ‘devastated’ Leigh-Anne had ‘sparked racial hatred’ and a new wave of intense trolling towards her, telling pals she couldn’t believe ‘someone she once called family could be so cruel.’ 

Drama: Jesy then took part in an Instagram livestream with Boyz collaborator Nicki Minaj, who accused Leigh-Anne of trying to ruin Jesy's new solo career and branded the new mother and the rest of the group 'jealous miserable clowns'. Jesy is pictured in the clip for Boyz

Drama: Jesy then took part in an Instagram livestream with Boyz collaborator Nicki Minaj, who accused Leigh-Anne of trying to ruin Jesy’s new solo career and branded the new mother and the rest of the group ‘jealous miserable clowns’. Jesy is pictured in the clip for Boyz  

However, a source clarified to MailOnline: ‘It’s not fair to criticise Leigh-Anne over this. She was just upset as were others over blackfishing, and social media is awash with it.’   

But, despite a difficult week, Jesy is delighted with the chart performance and is ‘pouring her heart into writing new music’ with the studio becoming a ‘sanctuary’.  

An insider told MailOnline over the weekend: ‘It’s been a tough week for Jesy, but a top 5 debut solo single is a massive achievement; there hasn’t been any other UK female solo artist to do that this year.

‘Olivia Rodrigo is the only international female solo artist to have debuted in the top 5, so Jesy is in good company. 

Focused: However despite the drama, Jesy is delighted with the chart performance and is 'pouring her heart into writing new music' with the studio becoming a 'sanctuary', a source told MailOnline over the weekend

Focused: However despite the drama, Jesy is delighted with the chart performance and is ‘pouring her heart into writing new music’ with the studio becoming a ‘sanctuary’, a source told MailOnline over the weekend

‘She’s grateful to all her fans who have supported her and the single.’ 

Jesy left Little Mix in December last year, saying being part of the pop group had taken a toll on her mental health. She released her first solo single Boyz featuring Nicki on Friday last week and has been focusing on her music following the row.  

A source told MailOnline: ‘Jesy has spent the last couple of days in the recording studio.

‘The studio has become a sanctuary for her; and she’s been pouring her heart and soul into writing new songs.

‘Jesy wants to focus solely on her music and solo career and not get caught up in any further feuds with other artists; she’s got some big plans for the future and upcoming music.’  

Departure: Jesy left Little Mix in December last year, saying being part of the pop group had taken a toll on her mental health (L-R Leigh-Anne, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards in April)

Departure: Jesy left Little Mix in December last year, saying being part of the pop group had taken a toll on her mental health (L-R Leigh-Anne, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards in April)


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