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Leigh-Anne Pinnock tears up at her 30th birthday party following Jesy Nelson row

Leigh-Anne Pinnock broke down in tears as she made a speech about her ‘character’ during her 30th birthday party celebrations on Saturday.

The singer became emotional as she was supported by her fiancé Andre Gray, 30, following her ‘blackfishing’ row with former Little Mix bandmate Jesy Nelson and rapper Nicki Minaj.

Leigh-Anne, who recently gave birth to twins, said she is ‘so proud’ of what she has achieved so far and will ‘never stop’ using her voice.

While Leigh-Anne grew tearful, Andre stepped in to state that anyone who disrespects his fiancée is going to have a ‘problem’ with him.

The couple did not address recent reports that Little Mix are set to announce they are splitting next month.  

Emotional: Leigh-Anne Pinnock broke down in tears as she made a speech about her ‘character’ during her 30th birthday party celebrations on Saturday

Leigh-Anne said: ‘I’m 30 years old. I know my character. You know my character. Anyone that meets me knows my f*****g character. I’m so proud of everything that I’ve achieved. 

‘I’ve got the most beautiful fiancé who I’m still pretty much obsessed with. Best believe, everything I stand for, everything I’m fighting for, it’s for them [her twins]. 

‘I will never stop. I have found my voice now and I will continue to use it. Tonight we celebrate life, best friends and amazing family. I love you all.’ 

Andre wrapped his arm around Leigh-Anne during her speech and then took the microphone as he said anyone who disrespects his fiancée is going to have a ‘problem’ with him.

Absent: While Leigh-Anne was celebrating her birthday with her nearest and dearest, Jesy Nelson skipped the party in favour of downing shots with her pals

Cheers: The Boyz singer went for drinks with her friend Sal and shared a snap of some of the drinks they enjoyed on Saturday

Absent: While Leigh-Anne was celebrating her birthday with her nearest and dearest, Jesy Nelson skipped the party in favour of downing shots with her pals

He said: ‘You can put this on Instagram or whatever and if you’ve anything to say, come and find me. She’s my baby mother, my wife. 

‘If you’re going to try and disrespect my baby mother, my wife, my fiancée and my children, there’s gonna be a problem. That’s how it is. 

‘All I want to do is support you three. Everyone in here knows their names. When they grow up, I hope they’re just like you.’

While Leigh-Anne was celebrating her birthday with her nearest and dearest, Jesy skipped the party in favour of downing shots with her pals.

Speech: Leigh-Anne became emotional as she was supported by her fiancé Andre Gray, 30, following her 'blackfishing' row with former Little Mix bandmate Jesy and rapper Nicki Minaj

Speech: Leigh-Anne became emotional as she was supported by her fiancé Andre Gray, 30, following her ‘blackfishing’ row with former Little Mix bandmate Jesy and rapper Nicki Minaj

The Boyz singer went for drinks with her friend Sal and shared a snap of some of the drinks they enjoyed on Saturday.

Leigh-Anne looked incredible for the celebrations as she donned a figure-hugging animal print jumpsuit.

She did not address speculation that Little Mix are set to announce next month that they are formally splitting up. 

Amid speculation that Leigh-Anne, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall are planning on solo careers, it’s said that they’ll officially call it a day as a trio with an announcement in mid-November.

Stunning: Leigh-Anne looked incredible for the celebrations as she donned a figure-hugging animal print jumpsuit

Stunning: Leigh-Anne looked incredible for the celebrations as she donned a figure-hugging animal print jumpsuit

According to The Sun, the move comes as it’s evident that ‘the end of the road has been reached’, with the girls’ upcoming tour reported to be a final farewell to their devoted fans. 

A source told the publication: ‘There has been a lot of speculation about the future of Little Mix but it is now very clear that the end of the road has been reached.

‘A date is set to announce the split. The upcoming tour is going to be a farewell to their fans.’  

Leigh-Anne said: 'I've got the most beautiful fiancé who I'm still pretty much obsessed with. Best believe, everything I stand for, everything I'm fighting for, it's for them [her twins]'

Leigh-Anne said: ‘I’ve got the most beautiful fiancé who I’m still pretty much obsessed with. Best believe, everything I stand for, everything I’m fighting for, it’s for them [her twins]’

It comes after the Little Mix girls have been embroiled in a very public feud. 

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

Jesy left Little Mix in December last year, saying being part of the pop group had taken a toll on her mental health. 

Claims: Jesy was slammed by Leigh-Anne who accused her of 'blackfishing' in leaked Instagram messages

Claims: Jesy was slammed by Leigh-Anne who accused her of ‘blackfishing’ in leaked Instagram messages

Content: She released her first solo single Boyz featuring Nicki Minaj on Friday last week and has been focusing on her music following the row

Content: She released her first solo single Boyz featuring Nicki Minaj on Friday last week and has been focusing on her music following the row

She released her first solo single Boyz featuring Nicki Minaj 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)

The row between the former bandmates hit headlines this week when leaked messages between Leigh-Anne and influencer NoHun saw the singer accuse Jesy of blackfishing in the music video for Boyz.

Leigh-Anne also claimed that and her bandmates did not unfollow the star on Instagram as has been widely reported but were instead blocked by Jesy.

A slew of messages to NoHun saw Leigh-Anne insist that ‘no one knows anything’ when it comes to the fallout and that she was ‘raging’.

The leaked messages showed Leigh-Anne replying to NoHun’s poll, asking whether he should create a dance routine to Jesy’s debut solo single Boyz.

Jesy then took part in an Instagram livestream with Boyz collaborator Nicki, 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’.

Blackfishing? Jesy was accused of blackfishing after releasing the music video to her single, Boyz - a remake of Diddy's 2001 video Bad Boy For Life, which she samples in her new track

Blackfishing? Jesy was accused of blackfishing after releasing the music video to her single, Boyz – a remake of Diddy’s 2001 video Bad Boy For Life, which she samples in her new track

What is ‘blackfishing’? 

A newly coined phrase in 2018, ‘blackfishing’ describes someone who pretends to be black on social media for social or financial gain – using make-up, hairstyles, or even surgery to alter their appearance and adopt characteristics typically associated with women of colour. 

The term came to prominence after a post calling out the ‘alarming’ amount of ‘white girls cosplaying as black women on Instagram’ was liked nearly 50,000 times on Twitter. 

It prompted users to flood the thread with before and after snaps revealing drastic changes to certain influencers’ appearance.    

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.’

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.’

Jesy has spoken candidly about her mental health battles in the past, and revealed in her 2019 BBC documentary, Odd One Out, that she attempted suicide after being subjected to vicious trolling.

Following a backlash over the livestream chat, Trinidadian-born rapper Nicki noted Jesy’s mental state as she tweeted: ‘JeLeigh btchs actin real messy. ~ if you know someone has been suicidal from bullying in the past, why try to get a bunch of ppl to bully them again about smthng else, on an even bigger scale?

'You know she was suicidal, shame on you!': The blackfishing row showed no sign of dying down after Nicki Minaj (left) doubled down on her row with Leigh-Anne

Speaking out: Nicki took aim at Leigh-Anne after the singer accused former bandmate Jesy of blackfishing

‘You know she was suicidal, shame on you!’: The blackfishing row showed no sign of dying down after Nicki Minaj (left) doubled down on her row with Leigh-Anne 

Not holding back: After lashing out at Leigh-Anne on Instagram live, Nicki then took aim at Leigh-Anne's 'messy fans', accusing them of having a negative impact on Jesy's mental health

Not holding back: After lashing out at Leigh-Anne on Instagram live, Nicki then took aim at Leigh-Anne’s ‘messy fans’, accusing them of having a negative impact on Jesy’s mental health

Painful: Jesy has spoken candidly about her mental health battles and revealed in her 2019 BBC documentary, Odd One Out, that she attempted suicide after being subjected to trolling

Painful: Jesy has spoken candidly about her mental health battles and revealed in her 2019 BBC documentary, Odd One Out, that she attempted suicide after being subjected to trolling

‘Shame on you— that’s rlly sad. You don’t know what ppl can deal with. Mental Health [sic].’

The post came after Nicki also took a not-so subtle swipe at Leigh-Anne in which she accused the singer of only speaking out about blackfishing now that Jesy is no longer helping the band make money.

Nicki posted: ‘Don’t call things out when they benefit your personal vendetta to ppl. Call them out immediately once you see it chile. Don’t wait a decade after you’ve made millions with the person #BoyzOutNow.

‘When ppl can’t get money with you they always try to stop your bag. Well only the corny ones chile #BoyzOutNow going live in one hour.

Eek: The post came after Nicki took a swipe at Leigh-Anne in which she accused the singer of only speaking out about blackfishing now that Jesy is no longer helping the band make money

Eek: The post came after Nicki took a swipe at Leigh-Anne in which she accused the singer of only speaking out about blackfishing now that Jesy is no longer helping the band make money

‘Jesy! We got all these #Jelly btchs actin real MESSY!!!!! Stop it miss gorl Flag of United Kingdom going live in one hour on IG to get into sum thangz [sic]’.

Three years ago Jesy was first accused of cultural appropriation when she sported braids in her hair in a photo posted to Instagram, which was later deleted.

She came under fire yet again after releasing the music video to her new single, Boyz – a remake of Diddy’s 2001 video Bad Boy For Life, which she samples in her new track.

Shock swipe: Jesy's Boyz collaborator Nicki stood up for Jesy amid the blackfishing row during an Instagram live stream on Monday

Shock swipe: Jesy’s Boyz collaborator Nicki stood up for Jesy amid the blackfishing row during an Instagram live stream on Monday

Addressing the claims in an interview with Vulture, Jesy claimed that she was never targeted with ‘blackfishing’ claims while she was in Little Mix and has only faced such criticism following her departure from the girlband.

‘I’m very aware that I’m a white British woman; I’ve never said that I wasn’t,’ she said, defended herself from the accusations.

‘But I mean, like, I love Black culture. I love Black music. That’s all I know; it’s what I grew up on.’

Speaking out: Leigh-Anne allegedly accused Jesy of blackfishing in messages to influencer NoHun - who shared the exchange on his Instagram Story

Speaking out: Leigh-Anne allegedly accused Jesy of blackfishing in messages to influencer NoHun – who shared the exchange on his Instagram Story


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