People are sharing their experiences of bullying in the wake of Jesy Nelson's documentary
"It became the worst time of my life. It literally consumed every part of me."
At 20, Jesy Nelson reached the height of as part of X Factor winning band Little Mix. It was also then that she hit her lowest point.
But it wasn't the pressure of her role, the fast-paced pop star lifestyle or murky industry bosses who contributed to a depression that would eventually lead her to attempt suicide – it was strangers online.
In her BBC documentary Odd One Out, Jesy frankly details how bullying on the internet, mainly about her appearance, broke her self esteem and changed who she was as a person.
"The whole world had an opinion on me, and they weren't good ones," she said. "From the minute them comments started, it became the worst time of my life. It literally consumed every part of me."
The documentary showed how the bullying has affected Jesy personally and professionally – she would fail to turn up for work and even now is deeply self conscious – but also highlighted the story of a family whose daughter killed herself over cyber trolling.
It was an upsetting watch and a reminder that fame, success and even having a supportive circle of family and friends around can't always protect against emotional turmoil.
Many who watched shared their own experiences of being bullied and the lasting effect it can have.
I’ve felt like ‘the fat one’ in a friendship group, and the least attractive.
Luckily I didn’t have the nation commenting on it. Jesy Nelson is all kinds of brave for speaking out.
It’s cool to be kind so let’s all try harder. #oddoneout
— Jennifer Mistry (@Jenny_crayon) September 13, 2019
#JesyNelson Documentary #OddOneOut speaks volumes about how cruel and out of touch humanity has really become . I absolute applaud her. What a brave , beautiful woman inside and out . I was bullied heavily and it doesn’t go away . This needs spreading and talking about ??
— Canary In a Halfshell (@AHalfshell) September 12, 2019
thank u jesy for speaking up, i happened to be bullied on tw, got called an attention seeker, a liar & was accused of faking my depression, nobody believed me when i was speaking out the truth, all those friends left me, ignored me & it was like the whole world #oddoneout +
— ` (@rosedimitris) September 12, 2019
I relate so much to the #OddOneOut #JesyNelson doc. It's really raw and I relate to what she is saying. I got bullied for how I look and still till this day am so self-conscious of how I look. I really admire Jesy telling her story, as it isn't easy @bbcthree
— Athena Pickering (@AthenaPickering) September 12, 2019
I didn’t realise how much #OddOneOut would resonate with me. I was bullied mercilessly. I remember every comment said to me. I still don’t like how I look; I’m still suspicious when I have male attention. I still consider myself the ‘fat ugly one’ - be kind, the impact lasts.
— Rachel (@welshie1992) September 12, 2019
Many others called for schools to show the documentary to young people to educate them about the effects of bullying.
‘ODD ONE OUT’ NEEDS TO BE SHOWN IN SCHOOLS TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ON THE AFFECTS CYBER BULLYING CAN HAVE!!!
kids are so involved in social media nowadays so we need to show them how to stay safe+
— katie is proud of jesy ♡ (@kt_louisex) September 13, 2019
Wow #OddOneOut was heartbreaking but amazing! I think this should be shown in all schools and colleges around the world ? .. Jesy you should be so proud of yourself ?
— Georgia Kousoulou (@MissGeorgiakx) September 12, 2019
Jesy’s documentary should be shown in schools, colleges, universities, in the work place. This issue needs to be solved before more people take the plunge of ending their life. #OddOneOut
— kaz (@katshaught) September 12, 2019
Definitely one to catch up on this weekend.
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