Little Mix's Jesy Nelson opens up about panic attack after Live Lounge performance

Chris Edwards
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Little Mix's Jesy Nelson has opened up in a new Instagram post after suffering a panic attack during a live radio performance today (September 15),

The group appeared on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge to perform a live version of their new single 'Holiday' and fans who were watching the radio station's online live stream of the performance saw that Jesy became upset after the group performed the first track.

As her bandmates Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock rushed to comfort Jesy as soon as they noticed something was wrong, the livestream cut out and the radio station cut to another song.

Despite having to leave the stage, Jesy later returned to finish the set, which saw the group perform a version of Harry Styles' 'Falling'.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

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Now, the singer has taken to Instagram to open up about the panic attack, as well as sharing a rehearsal video from before the performance.

"So my nerves got the better of me today and I had panic attack right before we were about to sing this for live lounge today and like a pro @perrieedwards jumped in for my part last minute and smashed it," she wrote.

"This is what we originally did in rehearsals."

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Earlier this year, Jesy, who has been outspoken about her struggles with anxiety, opened up about self-acceptance and overcoming online abuse.

Speaking to The Sun, she said: "In years to come I'm going to be so old and wrinkly, I'm going to have saggy boobs and my belly is going to be all flabby and wrinkly.

"And I'm going to look back on these times when I thought I looked dreadful and think, 'Jesus Christ, I actually looked bangin'. I'm going to be like, 'Why didn't I f**king appreciate myself?'"

We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 ( or Mind on 0300 123 3393 ( Readers in the US are encouraged to visit

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