Leigh-Anne, 30, who briefly dated Lucien, 29, back in 2012, brushed off the drama as went onto the promo trail for the film – after fans claimed her former Little Mix bandmate Jesy, 30, had broken ‘girl code’ by flirting with Lucien.
The Touch hitmaker, who appeared on Good Morning Britain alongside director and star Aml Ameen said: ‘It was like walking into a whole new world. I couldn’t refuse it. Three auditions later and I’m starring in my first movie and an all-black cast as well, it’s the first of its kind. I’m so proud to be a part of it.
Thinking it over: Leigh-Anne Pinnock candidly discussed her new film Boxing Day in an interview on Tuesday – days after Jesy Nelson was spotted in a clinch with her ex Lucien Laviscount
‘This film allows a lot of the black community to be seen and me to be seen and you (Aml) did that for me.
When asked if acting was now the main priority for Leigh-Anne over the band, she said: ‘Definitely not, singing is my number one passion but I do have the acting bug now. I’m just excited to keep nurturing it and see where this takes me.
Aml also discussed how Leigh-Anne was brought into the film project, saying: ‘A friend of mine suggested Leigh-Anne. He knows Little Mix, he knows the music.
‘I saw an interview with her and was very captivated by her humanity, how honest she is. I thought if we could transfer that to the craft of acting. She was one of the most dedicated new actors I’ve ever met in my life.
Man of the hour: Leigh-Anne, 30, who briefly dated Lucien, 29, back in 2012, brushed off the drama as went onto the promo trail for the film – after fans claimed her former Little Mix bandmate Jesy, 30, had broken ‘girl code’ by flirting with Lucien (pictured on Monday)
‘There’s a feeling to be seen in a way that you’ve not been seen which is your everyday normal life. It’s about celebrating what it means to be British but through another lens. It’s based on my family.’
Boxing Day tells the tale of a British author living in America (Ameen) who returns home to London for Christmas to introduce his American fiancée, Lisa (Aja Naomi King), to his eccentric British-Caribbean family. Their relationship is put to the test as she discovers the world her fiancée has left behind.
The interview comes after Jesy was pictured getting cosy with Lucien on Saturday.
Unearthed photos showed Lucien and Leigh-Anne enjoying a cosy date together back in 2012.
Jesy is said to be ‘mortified’ after she was pictured having a passionate moment with the actor during a wild night out this weekend.
Photos have emerged of Leigh-Anne, then 21, cuddling up to Lucien as they enjoyed a meal out during their short-lived romance nine years ago.
Delight: The Touch hitmaker, who appeared on Good Morning Britain alongside director and star Aml Ameen said: ‘It was like walking into a whole new world. I couldn’t refuse it’
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The Little Mix star is seen resting her head on the actor’s shoulder during their dinner at Benihana restaurant in London before the two cosy up in the back of a cab.
Fans of Little Mix have been tweeting about Jesy and Leigh-Anne’s mutual man, with many shocked that the singer is dating an ex of her former bandmate.
Leigh-Anne, who has since settled down with fiancé Andre Gray and welcomed twin babies, isn’t the only famous ex of Lucien, who has also enjoyed a fling with Kerry Katona, 41.
Lucien and Kerry met on the 2011 series of Celebrity Big Brother, when he was 19 and she was 31. The two went on to gush about their love for one another after an on-air flirtation.
The romance stalled though when Lucien was reported to have tried to make a move on TOWIE star Sam Faiers and Hollyoaks actress Gemma Merna during a wild night out without Kerry.
A partygoer at the time told the Daily Star: ‘He was a total joke. He tried to latch onto Sam and Gemma and they turned him down flat. He was quite brazen about it and no one was in any doubt what he was after.’
Shout out to her ex: Jesy is said to be ‘mortified’ after she was pictured having a passionate moment with the actor during a wild night out this weekend
They added: ‘He’s been all over the mags talking about his love for Kerry, and the next minute he’s trying to bag two girls.’
After the story broke, a heartbroken Kerry backtracked on her plans to move in with the actor, saying at the time: ‘I love him but I’m not going to marry him. I’ve been hurt so much.’
Jesy meanwhile is reportedly ‘mortified’ after being pictured drunkenly flirting with Lucien.
Pals close to Jesy told MailOnline the singer, 30, is ’embarrassed’ by the photographs and insists she’s ‘single’ – despite being pictured with on-off boyfriend Harry James last month.
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A source said: ‘Jesy and Lucien met up on a night out after two friendship groups came together and took a rickshaw to the club but left separately.
‘She was letting her hair down on a Saturday night and is embarrassed her flirtation with Lucien has come to light – but there is nothing more between them.
‘Her relationship with Harry only ended again recently, they remain good friends and continue to work together but he’s now with a new partner. Jesy insists herself and Lucien didn’t kiss even though they looked close in the pictures.’
MailOnline has contacted Jesy and Lucien’s representatives for comment.
Jesy was photographed with Lucien after they dinned together at restaurant Yatay in London’s Soho before continuing their evening at Tabu nightclub.
Chat: When asked if acting was now the main priority for Leigh-Anne over the band, she said: ‘Definitely not, singing is my number one passion but I do have the acting bug now’
Jesy and on-off boyfriend Harry were last pictured together in October – a month after they enjoyed a luxury holiday in Antigua.
The couple got together in 2017, splitting after 16 months but rekindled their romance in September.
Singer Jesy commented three flame emojis on Harry’s most recent Instagram post, which was shared on November 20.
Harry, who directed Jesy’s music video for Boyz, which features rapper Nicki Minaj, also photographed the ex-girl band star for her recent magazine cover shoots.
Jesy received a backlash from fans who accused of her ‘blackfishing’ due to her appearance in the video, while her ex-band mates including Leigh-Anne admitted to warning her about cultural appropriation during her time in Little Mix.
She later apologised for any offence caused and said she was ‘tanned’ following her break in Antigua with Harry.
Lucien will feature in the upcoming second series of Emily In Paris, which stars A-List actress and model Lily Collins, 32.
After appearing in an advert for retailer Marks & Spencer aged 10, Lucien bagged roles in Grange Hill, Coronation Street and Waterloo Road.
Jesy’s drunken flirtation with Lucien came a week after she last publicly showed affection towards Harry, who she still follows on Instagram.
The singer, who left Little Mix in December 2020, has dated a string of stars including Our Girl actor Sean Sagar, Love Island’s Chris Hughes, dancer Jordan Banjo, and she was previously engaged to Rixton frontman Jake Roche.
Another ex: Lucien has also enjoyed a fling with Kerry Katona. The two met on the 2011 series of Celebrity Big Brother, when he was 19 and she was 31