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Nicki Minaj defends Jesy Nelson following blackfishing accusations

12 October 2021, 10:27 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Nicki Minaj has defended "Boyz" collaborator Jesy Nelson following a new wave of blackfishing accusations.

The new single, which features Nicki Minaj and samples P Diddy’s "Bad Boy for Life" (and features a cameo from Sean Combs himself in the video), landed last Friday (8 October), and following a mixed reaction on social media and a new wave of blackfishing accusations, Minaj and Nelson jumped on an Instagram Live to speak about the single.

Minaj called the "Boyz" and Nelson haters "jealous people" and reassured Nelson, telling her to not to let it get to her. When Nelson was speaking about being contacted by a former Little Mix bandmate, Minaj jumped in, urging people to "focus on your own energy."

Speaking about the blackfishing accusations to Minaj, Nelson said, "It’s just hard for me because I was in a group with two women of colour for nine years and it was never brought up to me up until the last music video…"

Nelson also said it was "never, ever" her intention "to offend people of colour with this video and my song because like I said, growing up as a young girl, this is the music that I listened to".

She explained that she didn't fake tan before the video shoot, and had instead been in Antigua for three weeks before the video. Nelson also stated that she didn't feel like she "was doing anything wrong because I've got naturally curly hair."

Minaj also made a few comments about her former Little Mix bandmates, seemingly calling Leigh-Anne Pinnock's "leaked" messages about Nelson "clown shit", and telling them to "stop trying to hurt people and kill peoples' lives and career."

Following the eventful Instagram Live, Minaj also expressed her support for Nelson on Twitter, writing, "JeLeigh btchs actin real messy. ~ if you know someone has been suicidal from bullying in the past, why try to get a bunch of ppl to bully them again about smthng else, on an even bigger scale? Shame on you— that’s rlly sad. You don’t know what ppl can deal with. Mental Health."

Last week Nelson responded to blackfishing accusations in an interview, and said she "would never intentionally do anything to make myself look racially ambiguous".
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