Jesse Nelson solved allegations of “blackfishing” in his latest music video on Instagram Live on Monday.
The 30-year-old singer, who had previously been part of Little Mix, was criticized after social media users claimed that Nelson had made her skin look girly in an attempt to make her look biracial in the music video for “Boyz.” Nicki Minaj.
“I have to say, personally, I should never offend people of color with this video and my song because, like I said, growing up as a little girl, this is the music I heard,” Nelson said Sit down with Minaj.
“These are the videos I saw and thought the best,” he said. “For me personally, the 90s were the best years of R&B music. I wanted to celebrate it. I wanted to celebrate the era of music.”
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Nelson said she was “really hurt” when she learned she had offended people.
“My intent is never, ever want to offend anyone and really, it really hurts me. It may offend people and really, it hurts people’s feelings by really celebrating something I love,” Nelson said.
During an Instagram live, Nelson also claimed that she was naturally getting sunburned.
“I’m really lucky as a white girl. When I’m in the sun, I’m very dark. Many people have said to me before, like Lie-Anne.” [Pinnock] The group said, ‘Of course you are not a mixed race because you are worse than me in the sun. That’s insane, “Nelson claimed, referring to his former bandmate from Little Mix.” I want to come live today and my hair is all curly. I always had curly hair. I got it from my father. “
Nelson stressed that she was “intentionally” not “racially ambiguous” in a previous statement To the vulture.
“I take all those criticisms seriously,” the singer said. “I never do anything deliberately to make myself look racially ambiguous, so I was initially shocked that the word was directed at me.”
Prior to going solo with “Boyz”, Nelson was a member of Little Mix, an all-girl group that won the “X-Factor” in the UK.