Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock returns to Instagram as she shrugs off Jesy Nelson feud

It’s not been a great week for former Little Mix bandmates Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson following a public race row over ‘blackfishing’

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Leigh-Anne Pinnock returns to Instagram and shows off manicure

Little Mix ’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock has returned to social media following her big fall out with ex-bandmate Jesy Nelson.

The 30-year-old singer didn’t mention their recent rift – instead showing off her newly manicured nails and flashing her £40,000 engagement ring.

It appeared she had other things on her mind this weekend as she captioned the post: “Birthday partay nails – bring on tomorrow.”

It is the first time Leigh-Anne has posed anything on social media since she seemingly accused Jesy of “blackfishing” in the video for her first solo single, Boyz.

Blackfishing is a term used for people who alter their appearance to appear black or mixed race.

Leigh-Anne Pinnock gave fans a glimpse of her £40k engagement ring



Leigh-Anne showed off her manicure, captioning the post ‘birthday partay nails’



Jesy’s new track pays homage to the music videos of rap and RnB songs from the early Noughties.

But many fans were left cold by the imagery, accusing Jesy of trying to appropriate black culture and black history for her own gain after she sported a dark tan and braids in her hair.

Things got worse for the 30-year-old when her former bandmate Leigh-Anne appeared to back up fans’ views, agreeing it was ‘blackfishing’.

In DMs which were later leaked to the public, an account alleged to be Leigh-Anne’s claimed Jesy – who left the band in December 2020 – was responsible for the strained relationship with the rest of the group.

The new mum is said to have told a fan: “She blocked us. Cut us off. Horrible person.”

Jesy collaborated with Nicki Minaj and P.Diddy on her new song

Boyz – which also features US rapper Nicki Minaj – had been expected to top the UK charts before the race row. It still debuted at Number 4 but Elton and Dua Lipa clung on to the top spot.

Nicki has also waded into the row with Leigh-Anne and was accused of ‘bullying’ after leaping to Jesy’s defence.

The Chun-Li rapper said: “Sweetheart take them text messages and shove it up ur f**king a**, because when you do clown s**t I gotta treat you and talk to you like you’re a clown.”

Nicki continued: “It screams insecurity, it screams that you’re jealous, only jealous people do things like this and now you just look like a big jealous bozo.”

Since then, Leigh-Anne has unfollowed the Anaconda rapper.

Jesy has been accused of cultural appropriation over her look

Others have also been on an unfollowing spree and removed Jesy from their Instagram as well.

Jesy has spoken out over the cultural appropriation claims saying she is “very aware she is a white British woman”.

She added: “I’ve never said that I wasn’t.

“But I mean, like, I love Black culture. I love Black music. That’s all I know; it’s what I grew up on.”

Jesy has been blamed for causing rifts with her former Little Mix bandmates


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Questioned over claims some of her Instagram followers had been blocked after accusing her of blackfishing, she suggested that it may have been a member of her management team who had done it on her behalf.

She said in a statement: “I know comments relating to this had previously been deleted from my IG account, I only found out afterwards that a member of my management team had deleted comments.

“I’ve spent years being bullied online, so I limit the amount I go on socials. My management team have access to my account & they were trying to protect me & my mental health.”

The star quit Little Mix last December, saying it was necessary to protect her mental health.

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