Jesy Nelson is set to appear as a musical guest on the Graham Norton Show after coming under fire following an explosive Instagram Live with Nicki Minaj.
The singer will perform her new single Boyz, which she released with Nicki, on tonight’s show.
Meanwhile, Dame Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Salma Hayek, and Tinie Tempah will appear as guests.
Jesy’s appearance comes after she was accused of blackfishing, which she has strongly denied.
Blackfishing refers to someone altering their appearance to appear Black or racially ambiguous.
She addressed the claims in an interview, telling Vulture: ‘The whole time I was in Little Mix I never got any of that.
‘And then I came out of [the band] and people all of a sudden were saying it. I wasn’t on social media around that time, so I let my team [deal with it], because that was when I’d just left.’
She added: ‘But I mean, like, I love Black culture. I love Black music. That’s all I know; it’s what I grew up on. I’m very aware that I’m a white British woman; I’ve never said that I wasn’t.’
However, she faced further backlash when she appeared on an Instagram Live with her collaborator Nicki, who took aim at her former Little Mix bandmates, including Leigh-Anne Pinnock.
Nicki referred to a series of messages, which have not been verified, but were purported to have been sent by Leigh-Anne, which called Jesy ‘horrible’ and accused her of blackfishing and cutting her bandmates off.
The US star also appeared to call Leigh-Anne a ‘f**king clown’ while Jesy was seen laughing along in the background.
Jesy’s former Little Mix bandmates Leigh-Anne, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards have yet to address the drama.
During the Instagram Live, Jesy also admitted that her deep tan was brought up by Leigh-Anne on the set of the video for Sweet Melody, the last single the 30-year-old worked on with the group.
She said: ‘I never ever would want to offend anyone. I just want to spread love and celebrate this, because this is a f***ing great song. The video is so iconic and I wanted to pay homage to Diddy as well because that’s such an iconic video. He loved it, he saw the video and he accepted it, he didn’t have a problem with it.
‘It’s just hard for me, because like you said, I was in a group with two women of colour for nine years and it was never brought up to me up until the last music video I did with them, when she messaged me and said, “Jesy, I just want to make you aware that…”’
The former X Factor winner also defended herself and said that her look was down to tanning easily and having naturally curly hair.
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