CHRIS Hughes has heaped praise on girlfriend Jesy Nelson after she spoke about her suicide bid.
The Love Island star – who started dating Jesy earlier this year – says the Little Mix singer is “the best role on the planet” for talking about her mental health struggles.
He wrote on Twitter: “My girlfriend is the best motha fu***** role model on this planet!”
Jesy revealed to The Sun that she tried to kill herself after she was subjected to relentless trolling on Twitter about her appearance.
She took an overdose of pills and went to bed — but was saved because her then boyfriend found her and called an ambulance.
Jesy, 28, speaking for the first time about her suicide attempt, said: “I just remember thinking, ‘I just need this to go away, I’m going to end this’.
“I remember going to the kitchen and just took as many tablets as I could.
“Then I laid in bed for ages and kept thinking, ‘Let it happen. Hurry up’.”
A source close to the star said: “She confessed to him what she had done.
“An ambulance came to the house and was able to sort her out.
“They were able to get there in time and save her life. Jesy told her close family members, one member of her management team and her bandmates who were devastated.”
Jesy has spoken out about her November 2013 suicide attempt for the first time to help raise awareness of the effect trolling can have on young people.
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Her mental health was so affected by the abuse she began struggling to keep up with her commitments in the band, which was becoming a pop music force with hits such as Move, DNA and Wings.
“I’m going to constantly wake up and feel sad for the rest of my life. So what is the point in being here? I physically couldn’t tolerate the pain any more.”
Jesy had been subjected to horrific online bullying since finding fame as an X Factor winner in 2011. She had been put together with Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock to form Little Mix.
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