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Chris Hughes Breaks Down In Tears As He Discusses Girlfriend Jesy Nelson Being Trolled

Chris Hughes Breaks Down In Tears As He Discusses Girlfriend Jesy Nelson Being Trolled

Chris Hughes couldn't contain his emotions as he was quizzed about his girlfriend Jesy Nelson's trolling ordeal on This Morning today.

The former Love Island star has been nothing but supportive of Little Mix singer Jesy since her documentary, Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out, aired on the BBC, poignantly detailing her suicide attempt in 2013 at the height of her trolling hell.

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Chris Hughes couldn't contain his emotions on This Morning (Credit: ITV)
Chris Hughes couldn't contain his emotions on This Morning (Credit: ITV)

But it all got too much as Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield brought up how strong his girlfriend was - and it wasn't long before he became visibly emotional.

"She rang me a few minutes after the documentary aired and she was just so overwhelmed, she just broke down on the phone to me, she's a strong girl now..." Chris said, before pausing mid sentence and putting his head in his hands.

Chris put his head in his hands as he spoke about Jesy's strength (Credit: ITV)
Chris put his head in his hands as he spoke about Jesy's strength (Credit: ITV)

"She's so strong," he went on, while wiping his eyes, as Holly leant over to comfort him and Phil grabbed him a tissue.

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The emotional interview - which took place as Chris appeared on the show to talk about Movember - comes after Jesy has been heaped with praise for being so open and honest about her struggles with self confidence and vile bullies.

Tragically, before The X Factor, Jesy hadn't had any body image issues, but when The Touch and Wasabi singer may have won the show alongside bandmates Perrie Edwards, Jade Thrilwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock in 2011, her seemingly picture perfect life was far from what it seemed.

Just hours after winning the ITV show, her Facebook inbox was full to the brim with messages, the first of which read: "You are the ugliest thing I've seen in my life, you do not deserve to be in this girl band. You deserve to die."

Chris Hughes and Jesy have been dating since October last year (Credit: Instagram)
Chris Hughes and Jesy have been dating since October last year (Credit: Instagram)

"It became the worst time of my life," she said in the documentary. "I wasn't just known as one of the singers in Little Mix, I was known as 'the fat, ugly one'."

As messages like this persisted, she developed an eating disorder and depression - starving herself to the point of dizziness and binge eating and hating herself.

She started skipping events where she might be photographed, and would dread big performances where her weight would be scrutinised.

Two years after her appearance on the show, in the wake of cruel comments about her returning X Factor 2013 performance, things got so bad that Jesy tried to take her own life.

Jesy Nelson was heaped with praise for her painfully candid interview (Credit: BBC)
Jesy Nelson was heaped with praise for her painfully candid interview (Credit: BBC)

"I was sat in bed crying, thinking, 'This is never going to go, I'm going to feel sad for the rest of my life, so what is the point in being here?'," she said on the BBC show.

"The only way I can describe the pain is like constantly being heartbroken. I remember going to the kitchen and I just took as many tablets as I could. Then my ex, who was with me at the time, he woke up and was like, 'why are you crying?' I kept saying, 'I just want to die'."

Jesy was taken to hospital, and luckily pulled through without any complications.

While Jesy's is a dark and painful story, the documentary also shows her road to recovery over the last five years, highlighting her happy new relationship with Chris.

And Chris made it clear just how proud he was when the documentary aired, writing: "My girlfriend is the best motha f*cking role model on this planet".

Anyone affected by Jesy's story or struggling in any way should call Samaritans for free on 116 123 - or write down your thoughts in an email to [email protected].

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/ITV

Topics: Jesy Nelson, Celebrity News, TV News

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]

 

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