JESY Nelson revealed that she starved herself for four days at a time during her deep depression after trolls mocked her face and called her fat.
The 28-year-old star has bravely opened up about her struggle with cruel online bullies for a new BBC documentary.
The Sun Online previously revealed that the Little Mix singer tried to kill herself at her lowest point, and she has now revealed more harrowing details about how the nasty comments affected her.
Jesy admitted that her face and weight were targeted by trolls after the girl group shot to fame on the 2011 series of The X Factor.
Discussing the impact it had on her, she shared: “I just wanted to be Jesy. I didn’t want to be Jesy the fat one.
“I wanted people to see me as normal, so I punished myself. I starved myself.
“If I did eat, I hated myself, I’d punish myself and make sure I didn’t eat for four days. It was horrible, a vicious circle.”
Jesy also confessed that the comments about her face hurt more than the fat jibes, telling Glamour: “I got used to people calling me fat because I was like whatever I’ve seen it so much.
“People started going in on what my face looked like with memes and people would chop my head off in group photos and replace it with a monster or ET or a sloth.
“I became a joke to everyone, and it really knocked my confidence. I never experienced anything like it in my life.”
She added that she eventually started to believe the nasty comments that were being made about her, and that it “consumed” her entire life until she finally ditched social media so that she wasn’t reading the vile messages.
Jesy previously told The Sun that she tried to kill herself in November 2013 after the relentless trolling got too much.
She took an overdose of pills and went to bed — but was saved because her then boyfriend found her and called an ambulance.
Speaking for the first time about her suicide attempt, Jesy said: “I just remember thinking: ‘I just need this to go away, I’m going to end this’.
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“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.’”
Jesy decided to speak out on her mental health battle with BBC Three documentary Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out, hoping to raise awareness on the effect trolling can have on young people.
The star’s boyfriend, Love Island’s Chris Hughes, previously heaped praise on the beauty for publicly opening up, saying that she is “the best role model on the planet” in a proud social media post.
Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out is on BBC1 at 9pm on Thursday.
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