Nowadays, a celebrity is accessible to anyone who has internet connection. Jesy Nelson had her private life, looks and career picked at over social media, and it led her to a dark depression.
Appearing on the BBC Three documentary Jesy Nelson: “Odd One Out”, the Essex-born singer opened up about the online abuse hurled her way.
“I had about 101 Facebook messages in my inbox,” she recalled, as she reflected back to when she appeared on The X Factor in 2011.
“The first one that came up was from some random man, saying, ‘You are the ugliest thing I’ve seen in my life.
“‘You don’t deserve to be in this girl band. You deserve to die.’ It became the worst time of my life,” she admitted.
“I wasn’t just known as one of the singers in Little Mix, I was known as ‘the fat, ugly one’.”
By 2013, Jesy realised her mental health had “spiralled out of control”, and she was “severely depressed”.
It was at this point Jesy considered suicide. “I was sat in bed crying, thinking, ‘This is never going to go, I’m going to feel sad for the rest of my life, so what is the point in being here?’
“The only way I can describe the pain is like constantly being heartbroken.”
Sharing details of her suicide attempt, Jesy told NME: “I remember going to the kitchen and I just took as many tablets as I could.”
Her thought process at the time repeated the belief: “I just want to die.”
Thankfully, Jesy has come through the other side and now feels sorry for the people who troll her.
“They’re doing it because they feel bad about themselves,” she rationalised. “I feel a bit sorry for them.”
She added: “The only way I can understand it is that being nasty makes them feel better in themselves.”
The mental health charity Mind describes depression “is a low mood that lasts for a long time, and affects your everyday life”.
In the most mildest form, it can mean feeling “low in spirit”, which can make leading a normal life seem “less worthwhile”.
The most severe form of depression can be life-threatening, whereby a person feels suicidal.
It would seem from Jesy’s account of her experience that her mental health was intensely affected.
There are typical feelings and behaviours associated with depression, outlined below.
For example, people suffering from depression may feel “empty and numb”, finding no pleasure in the activities they used to enjoy.
Behaviours associated with the mental health issue include self-harming and suicidal behaviour.
Moreover, people could experience difficulty speaking, thinking clearly or making decisions.
Feeling fatigued is also common, as well as using food, tobacco, alcohol or drugs as unproductive coping strategies.
People with severe depression may encounter delusions, such as paranoia, or hallucinations, such as hearing voices.