Little Mix used a ‘secret Jesse Nelson double’ for their single after they failed to appear


‘The other girls were ready and waiting!’: Little Mix used ‘secret Jessie Nelson double for their single after she didn’t turn up’

She left pop megagroup Little Mix to go solo in 2020.

But the tension between Jessie Nelson and the other members of the band seems to date even earlier, when a lookalike was called in to replace her.

According to The sun the then 28-year-old failed to show up to record the single for their song Bounce Back, forcing a double to be hired.

No show: Little Mix used a secret Jessie Nelson lookalike for their single after she didn't turn up

No show: Little Mix used a secret Jessie Nelson lookalike for their single after she didn’t turn up

A source told the publication: “Shooting Little Mix videos has always been stressful for the girls because of the pressure to look perfect on camera, but Bounce Back was a new level.”

Record company bosses held crisis talks and eventually decided to have Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall and Lee-Anne Pinnock pose with their backs to the camera, along with a body double.

In the shot for the single, all the girls appear in skimpy bikinis while relaxing on lounge chairs and inflatable hot tubs.

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Crisis: Record label bosses held crisis talks and eventually decided to have Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall and Lee-Anne Pinnock pose with their backs to the camera next to a body double

Looking out at a gorgeous sunset, the “fake” Jessie appears to be sitting on a deck chair with much of her body not visible.

The source continued: “Jade, Leigh-Anne and Perrie were all set on set waiting for Jessie and the next thing they were told she wasn’t coming.”

It was then decided that Jesse would have to shoot his own role in real video at a later date while faking the photo.

Change of plan: The source continued: “Jade, Lee-Anne and Perrie were all ready on set waiting for Jessie and the next thing they were told she wasn’t coming” (pictured in 2021)

The source added: “Nobody felt comfortable deceiving the fans, but everyone agreed it was for the best and would keep the truth a secret.”

MailOnline has contacted Jesy’s representatives for comment.

The singer previously discussed her dislike of filming music videos in her BBC documentary Odd One Out.

Not there: Looking out at a gorgeous sunset, “fake” Jessie appears to be sitting on a deck chair with much of her body not visible (Jessie is pictured in the video after filming at a later date)

Crisis: It was then decided that Jessie would have to film her own role in a real video at a later date while faking the photo (Jade Thirwall pictured in the video)

Crisis: It was then decided that Jessie would have to film her own role in a real video at a later date while faking the photo (Jade Thirwall, left, Lee-Anne Pinnock, right, in the video)

We’re sorry: The source added: “Nobody felt comfortable deceiving fans but they all agreed it was best and would keep the truth a secret.” (pictured Perrie Edwards)

She said: “I know people look at pop stars like us and feel pressured to look as good as we do in our music videos, but that’s after hours and hours of hair, make-up and lighting.

“Personally, I still feel a lot of pressure to look good all the time. I never liked making music videos. If you don’t feel good, it’s really hard to pretend you feel amazing.

The singer announced she was leaving the band in December 2020 when she shared a lengthy statement on Instagram saying she was stepping down to protect her mental health.

However, a source has now revealed that the move came as a complete shock to the other three members, who learned of the decision from lawyers.

Bye!  Jesy (far left) announced she was leaving the band in December 2020 when she shared a lengthy statement on Instagram saying she was stepping down to protect her mental health.

Bye! Jesy (far left) announced she was leaving the band in December 2020 when she shared a lengthy statement on Instagram saying she was stepping down to protect her mental health.

One of Jesy’s demos – a track titled La, La – was leaked online earlier this month, with the track featuring an overt male rap.

A source told The Sun that the recording was made in early 2021, along with dozens of other studio tracks.

They added that the song is not planned for release as a single or an album.

Jesy parted ways with her record label Polydor in July this year after 14 months.

Insiders said the pop star decided to back out of her deal to start fresh after music that was due to be released for the label was apparently delayed.

Gone: Jesy made a 'clean break' with music giant Polydor in July after deciding to go in a 'different direction' with her career (pictured in the video for her debut single Boyz)

Gone: Jesy made a ‘clean break’ with music giant Polydor in July after deciding to go in a ‘different direction’ with her career (pictured in the video for her debut single Boyz)

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