Months after her departure from her popular girl group, former Little Mix member Jesy Nelson took to Instagram to share her mental struggles due to her body and weight issues in the past.
On Thursday, the English singer shared on an Instagram post that she felt “so sad” seeing a picture of herself at the gym.
“On the day this picture was taken, I remember going to the gym with my manager and I stood in the mirror and I said, ‘god I’m so fat I just want my legs to be like this’ and I pulled my skin around to try and create a thigh gap because I genuinely believed that being skinny would make me happier,” she wrote in the caption.
“And even when I got to a size 8 from starving myself, I still wasn’t happy. I mentally bullied myself every day to try to please other people,” she added.
According to her, her journey to self-love has become never easy and it took 10 years for her to realize that she herself was the only one she needed to please.
“As humans we find it so easy to pay other people compliments but yet we find it so hard to be kind to ourselves because it’s so much easier to pick ourselves apart than to find the things we love about ourselves,” she said.
At the latter part of her post, Jesy reached out to those struggling like she did and encouraged them to love themselves and fight their battles well.
“If you’re someone who is feeling like I was, please don’t waste years of [your] life seeking approval from others, seek approval from yourself,” she said.
“Be your number one fan. You are the one in control of your happiness and you are the only one of you in this world and that’s pretty f*cking powerful!” she added with a red heart.
Jesy left Little Mix in December 2020 since being in the girl group had “taken a toll on her mental health.