‘Different poses suggest Jesy is an outsider’
Cracks in the relationship between the girls first appeared in 2017, when pictures of Leigh-Anne, Perrie and Jade on nights out without Jesy appeared.
Feud rumours were heightened when Jesy was cropped out of a red carpet snap, taken at the Nickelodeon Kids awards ceremony and posted on Perrie’s Instagram.
Explaining the picture, Perrie said: “Jesy is cropped out the picture because she doesn’t like any of the photos!”
But Judi says that, while the girls’ body language shows they were protective of Jesy while she was part of the band, there was an emotional gulf before the split.
“All the body language between showed Leigh-Anne, Perrie and Jade grouping around Jesy to offer love and support, making it sad to see signs that rapport between them all might have withered and a rift appeared in its place,” she says.
“Even when it was becoming clear that Jesy was deeply unhappy and suffering we were always shown footage of the other three girls appearing to take a protective stance towards her.
“[In later years] the body language of the band has often seemed to define an emotional distancing between Jesy and the other women which Jesy described as watching her ‘skinny’ bandmates having a good time while she ‘felt miserable’.
“She adopted different poses, standing with more space between them and often looking desperately sad and unsmiling, or gazing in a different direction while the others adopted more ‘matching’ poses and fun facial expressions.”