Emmerdale's Charley Webb reveals Jesy Nelson trolls infuriate her as 'they have no right to be nasty'
EMMERDALE actress Charley Webb has revealed nasty trolls' treatment of Jesy Nelson makes her feel angry and upset.
Taking part in an Instagram fan Q&A, Charley was asked why Jesy's recent decision to leave girl group Little Mix had impacted her.
The soap star previously said the statement, in which Jesy detailed years of mental health struggles, had made her feel emotional.
And writing yesterday, she said: "I felt emotional/angry at how she’d been treated by people over the years.
"People don’t realise what affect they can have, or maybe they do? Either way they have no right to be nasty to another human they don’t know."
The mum-of-three has been targeted by trolls herself, but said it paled in comparison to Jesy's torment.
However, the prevalence of online bullying has still left her fearful for her children in the future.
She said previously: "I think some of the messages that I get – and they're bad enough – but the scale that is on being in a girl band, I mean…
"I just worry about my own kids in the future. I really do."
On December 14 Jesy confirmed that she had quit Little Mix, revealing that nine years in the band "took a toll on her mental health".
The 29-year-old star announced the news on Instagram after taking "extended time off" from the group last month.
Jesy told her followers that she was leaving Little Mix with a "heavy heart" as she reflected on the success the band have enjoyed since winning The X Factor in 2011, insisting it had been the "most incredible time" of her life.
She continued: "I can't thank you all enough from the bottom of my heart for making me feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
"You have always been there to support and encourage me and I will never ever forget it.
"The truth is, recently being in the band has really taken a toll on my mental health. I find the constant pressure of being in a girl group and living up to expectations very hard."
Jesy added: "I need to spend some time with the people I love, doing things that make me happy.
"I'm ready to embark on a new chapter in my life – I'm not sure what it's going to look like right now, but I hope you'll still be there to support me."
The star went on to thank her bandmates Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards, and Jade Thirlwall, writing: "Most of all I want to say thank you to Jade, Perrie and Leigh-Anne for creating some of the most amazing memories I'll never forget.
"I hope that you'll continue to fulfil all of your dreams and keep making music that people love."
Little Mix responded to the statement on Twitter, sharing their sadness at Jesy's decision – but insisting they understood and supported her choice.
They wrote: "After an amazing 9 years together Jesy has made the decision to leave Little Mix. This is an incredibly sad time for all of us but we are fully supportive of Jesy.
"We love her very much and agree that it is so important that she does what is right for her mental health and well-being. We are still very much enjoying our Little Mix journey and the 3 of us are not ready for it to be over.
"We know that Jesy leaving the group is going to be really upsetting news for our fans. We love you guys so much and are so grateful for your loyalty and continued support of all of us.
"We’re looking forward to seeing so many of you on tour."
In November, a Little Mix rep confirmed that Jesy was taking "extended time off" for "private medical reasons".
They said at the time: "Jesy is having extended time off from Little Mix for private medical reasons.
"We will not be issuing any further comment currently and ask media to please respect her privacy at this time."
It came two weeks after she missed the grand finale of the band's TV talent show The Search, as well as their high-profile stint hosting the MTV EMAs.
The Sun then revealed that Jade, Perrie and Leigh-Anne are going solo – with each involved in secret plans to launch individual careers next year at the end of their existing deal.
However, Jade has insisted the group "will never die" even if the girls do end up branching out.
Little Mix formed on The X Factor in 2011, becoming the first band to win the show.
Together they have sold more than 50million records, landing two Brit Awards, four number one singles and releasing six albums along the way.
Jesy has been open about her mental health battle over the years, bravely sharing the devastating impact years of online trolling had in her BBC documentary Odd One Out.
In the film, which won a National Television Award, Jesy spoke candidly about her struggle in Little Mix – revealing how she would starve herself for days during the deepest times in her depression, due to constant trolling about her weight and looks.
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."
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