Stacey Dooley praises ‘admirable’ Jesy Nelson for heartbreaking Odd One Out documentary

Strictly Come Dancing champion Stacey Dooley is known for her hard-hitting documentaries on the BBC.

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But tonight, it’s the turn of Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson, who opens up on her mental health, battling with cyber bullies and a suicide attempt.

The singer’s documentary Odd One Out airs on the BBC tonight and looks at her fame following an appearance on X Factor in 2011.

Ahead of its debut, Stacey piled praise on the star for speaking out honestly and openly.

Warning viewers and fans not to miss the documentary, BBC One tweeted: “‘I would leave halfway through a photoshoot, because I couldn’t bear looking at myself.’

Watch @BBCThree’s Jesy Nelson: ‘Odd One Out’ tonight at 9pm on @BBCOne & @BBCiPlayer. #OddOneOut.”

Stacey shared the tweet with her 297,800 followers adding: “So admirable to put yourself out, so honestly like this.

“I’ve always been the BIGGEST @LittleMix fan, and always thought Jesy was amazing. Well done girl.

Fans were quick to agree with Stacey, offering their own praise and support to Jesy.

One replied: “You know, musically, they’re not for me (at 40, I’m not their target audience).

“But fair play to young Jesy – she should be very proud of herself for overcoming such awful abuse and for sharing her experiences. Someone out there will be saved by her courage.”

Another added: “Actually all super talented (rare) and shocked that Jesy felt so low, because she is every bit as gorgeous as the others, genuinely.

“Dress size doesn’t matter, healthiness is different for different people.”

Ahead of the documentary, Jesy spoke candidly about feeling “jealous” of her bandmates.

She told Capital FM: “I was so jealous and envious of how happy they were.

“I just wanted to know how it felt to feel happy.”

Jesy revealed that things got so bad she thought about walking away from the band.

“Yeah [I nearly left the band],” she explained.

“For them, it was hard as well. They’re living their dream.

“To have someone constantly down and depressed all the time, you don’t want that when you’re living your best life. It was hard to be happy and console me at times.”

Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out airs tonight at 9pm on BBC One.

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