NTAs 2020: Jesy Nelson breaks down onstage as her documentary Odd One Out scoops award… as she thanks proud boyfriend Chris Hughes for boosting her confidence
Jesy Nelson broke in tears as she scooped a trophy in the Factual category for her documentary Odd One Out at the National Television Awards on Tuesday night.
The Little Mix star admitted she was ‘overwhelmed’ as she took to the stage at London’s O2 Arena to accept the top prize for her heart-wrenching film, which focused on the bullying and trolling she endured since rising to fame.
And as her proud boyfriend Chris Hughes looked on from the front row of the star-studded audience, Jesy, 28, wept while thanking him for boosting her confidence.
Emotional: Jesy Nelson broke in tears as she scooped a trophy in the Factual category for her documentary Odd One Out at the National Television Awards on Tuesday night
As she openly wept, the singer said: ‘I’m so sorry, this is so overwhelming. I’m such a baby! Thank you so much.’
After thanking the producer and director and her mother, she turned her attention to Chris, as she gushed: ‘I want to thank Chris, my boyfriend for bringing me up every day and making me feel confident.’
She continued: ‘I want to thank every person that voted. You have no idea what this means to me, to us. I don’t think we expected this reaction when we made it…
Beau: She was supported by her boyfriend Chris Hughes, with whom she sat in the front row
Overwhelmed: The Little Mix star admitted she was ‘overwhelmed’ as she took to the stage at London’s O2 Arena to accept the top prize for her heart-wrenching film
Grateful: As she openly wept, the singer said, ‘I’m so sorry, this is so overwhelming. I’m such a baby! Thank you so much’
‘I’m so grateful that such a negative experience in my life turned into such a positive one.’
Earlier in the evening, the singer donned an eye-catching orange gown for the occasion, accompanied by boyfriend Chris on the red carpet.
The bright number featured a corset-styled bodice with the rest of the dress trailing off into an elegant train.
It also boasted a daring thigh-high split, which put her ample assets and tattoos front and centre.
Confidence: As her proud boyfriend Chris Hughes looked on from the front row of the star-studded audience, Jesy, 28, wept while thanking him for boosting her confidence
Bubbly: The star enjoyed a glass of bubbly as she sat in the front row at the star-studded show
Holding hands: The loving couple held hands ahead of the Little Mix star receiving her award
Jesy wore her heavy brown locks to one side and sported an expertly applied palette of make up and jewellry from Lark & Berry cultured diamond rings.
She clutched the hand of her handsome boyfriend Chris, who was with her every step along the way of her battle with online trolling.
The hour-long production that shed light on Jesy’s struggle, and subsequent suicide attempt, also became the top show on BBC iPlayer after its release, with 1.87 million requests within seven days.
A huge 64 per cent of viewers on the BBC platform were 16-34 year-olds.
Odd One Out also aired on BBC One in September last year, with 3.3 million viewers and a 55 per cent growth in show watchers compared to initial overnight ratings.
Hoping for a win: Earlier in the evening, Jesy wowed as she stepped onto the show’s red carpet
Boyfriend: The 28-year-old was supported by her devoted boyfriend Chris on the red carpet
Huge hit: Jesy pictured with Colleen Nolan. Jesy’s show became the top show on BBC iPlayer after its release, with 1.87 million requests within seven days
Big numbers: Odd One Out also aired on BBC One in September last year, with 3.3 million viewers and a 55% growth in show watchers compared to initial overnight ratings
Wow: Jesy flung her heavy brown locks to one side and sported an expertly applied palette of make up that gave a stage to her focussed glare
This means that the hard-hitting documentary is the highest 16-34 viewed programme on BBC One this year in peak time, the BBC has said.
Fiona Campbell, Controller, BBC Three, and who commissioned the documentary, added: ‘This was such an important, brave film, which fully deserves to be the top factual title on BBC Three.
‘Bringing this to so many people was a huge team effort which ensured the film had high visibility and was talked about in key channels for youth audiences in the lead up to broadcast.
‘It proves that BBC Three continues to move in the right direction and we’re incredibly happy that so many people have watched and connected with the film and we hope that making it helped Jesy, and helps others that have suffered bullying.’
Details: The bright number featured a corset-styled abdomen area with the rest of the dress trailing off into an elegant train
Candid: Jesy left viewers in tears with her Odd One Out documentary as she bravely spoke about her battle with depression
Breaking records: Jesy Nelson’s Odd One Out documentary broke BBC Three records
While Alison Kirkham, Controller, BBC Factual Commissioning, said: ‘I am so pleased that Jesy Nelson’s film has resonated so powerfully with audiences.
‘This film, and others in the Mental Health season earlier this year, are part of our ongoing commitment to tackling mental health issues and we know that they make a real difference to those going through similar experiences, with many more people opening up and contacting mental health charities.
‘My huge thanks to Jesy for having the courage to share her story and to all the production team for making such an important film.’
Jesy left viewers in tears with her Odd One Out documentary as she bravely spoke about her battle with depression.
What a woman: The programme, which emotionally explores the Little Mix star’s, 28, horrific trolling ordeal and suicide attempt, also became the top show on BBC iPlayer after its release with 1.87 million requests within seven days – 64% being 16-34-year-olds
Raising awareness: Odd One Out also aired on BBC One at 9pm on Thursday 12 September with a whooping consolidated 3.3 million viewers and a 55% growth in show watchers compared to initial overnight ratings
The singer talked in depth for the first time about how trolls, who mocked her over her looks and weight, triggered her into attempting to take her own life in 2013.
After the documentary aired, social media was awash with demands from fans to have the programme shown in schools to help educate youths.
Her boyfriend Chris applauded her bravery for speaking out, while thousands of fans took to Twitter to praise Jesy for shining light on cyber bullying, with many describing her feelings of self-hatred as ‘heartbreaking.’
At the start of the show, Jesy’s mum Janice said: ‘I know it might seem strange to say but if I could have back my Jess as I had her before I would change it like that.
Brave: Jesy described how trolling over her looks began on The X Factor in 2011, where they labelled her the ‘fat one’ in the band (pictured December 2011)
‘I miss her. I just feel like I’ve lost Jess to social media and she’s addicted to what people are saying.’
Jesy then described how trolling over her looks began on The X Factor in 2011, where they labelled her the ‘fat one’ in the band.
The singer went onto tearfully reveal at the height of her bullying in 2013 that she starved herself for four days as she prepared to return to the show.
‘When I had lost quite a bit of weight we were going back on the X Factor and I didn’t give a s**t about whether our performance would be good,’ she said.
Stars: The girl group, consisting of Jesy, Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, were mentored by Tulisa Contostavlos
‘All I cared about was people seeing me and saying “she’s lost weight”.’
But Jesy was left heartbroken after she was inundated with taunts over her weight, saying her ‘face was deformed’ or comparing her looks to ET and Miss Piggy following the performance.
It was then, Jesy tried to commit suicide.
Breaking down in tears, Jesy said: ‘I just remember thinking, “I just need this to go away, I’m going to end this”.
Heartbreaking: The singer talked in depth for the first time about how trolls, who mocked her over her looks and weight, triggered her into attempting to take her own life in 2013 (pictured earlier this month)
‘I remember going to the kitchen and just took as many tablets as I could. Then I laid in bed for ages and kept thinking, “Let it happen. Hurry up”.’
To try to heal the deep mental wounds inflicted by online bullies, the Wings hitmaker met with others who had experienced cyber bullying as well as receiving therapy.
During the therapy, Jesy watched a clip from the X Factor for the first time in a bid to help accept herself.
‘I have shut away the old Jesy away for such a long time because I just felt like I needed to be this new Jesy because everyone hated the old Jesy.
Demands: After the documentary aired, social media was awash with demands from fans to have the programme shown in schools to help educate youths
Heartache: At the start of the show, Jesy’s mum Janice said: ‘I know it might seem strange to say but if I could have back my Jess as I had her before I would change it like that’
Happiness: Jesy’s boyfriend Chris Hughes applauded her bravery. Sharing a photo of them kissing on top of a mountain, he wrote: ‘The best friend I could ever wish for’
‘My trauma runs deep and I may not ever really recover properly. I don’t think I will be ever the same again but i do think I’m getting better.’
Jesy’s online bullying ordeal began when she shot to fame in 2011 when Little Mix became the first group to win the show.
The girl group, consisting of Jesy, Jade, Perrie and Leigh-Anne, were mentored by Tulisa Contostavlos.
Following their win, Jesy told how the girls were forced to get social media, with the star admitting the move had ‘completely changed my life’.
She went on to say that once the comments came rolling in, it became one of the ‘worst times’ of her life.
She said that being labelled the ‘fat, ugly one’ completely ‘consumed every part of me’ as the trolling took its toll.
For confidential 24/7 support in the UK, call Samaritans on 116 123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details.
NATIONAL TELEVISION AWARDS 2020 – THE NOMINATIONS
Mrs Brown’s Boys
Ant and Dec
Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out
Paul O’ Grady: For The Love of Dogs
Gordon, Gino and Fred Road Trip
Line Of Duty
Call The Midwife
The Great British Bake Off
Live Magazine Show
Good Morning Britain
Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders)
Idris Elba (Luther)
Jodie Comer (Killing Eve)
Suranne Jones (Gentleman Jack)
Michael Stevenson (Casualty)
David Walliams (Britain’s Got Talent)
Simon Cowell (BGT/ X Factor)
Sir Tom Jones (The Voice UK)
will.i.am (The Voice UK/The Voice Kids)
RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race UK)
Serial Drama Performance
Katie McGlynn (Sinead Tinker in Coronation Street)
Danny Dyer (Mick Carter in EastEnders)
Danny Miller (Aaron Dingle in Emmerdale)
Gregory Finnegan (James Nightingale in Hollyoaks)
Strictly Come Dancing
Britain’s Got Talent
Dancing On Ice
The Voice UK
Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award
I’m A Celebrity
The Graham Norton Show
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
Jurrell Carter (Nate Robinson in Emmerdale)
Peter Ash (Paul Foreman in Coronation Street)
Max Bowden (Ben Mitchell in EastEnders)
Imran Adams (Mitchell Deveraux in Hollyoaks)
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