Nicki Minaj has doubled down on her row with Leigh-Anne Pinnock. The rapper, 38, took a swipe at Leigh-Anne on an Instagram live on Monday after Leigh-Anne reportedly accused Jesy of ‘blackfishing’ in leaked messages.
In the live stream, Nicki accused the girl band star of trying to ruin Jesy’s new solo career and branded the new mother and the rest of Little Mix ‘jealous miserable clowns’. After her comments caused a stir on social media, Nicki doubled down on her remarks in a tweet on Tuesday. Taking aim at Leigh-Anne’s ‘messy’ fans and she accused them of having a negative impact on Jesy’s mental health.
Previously, Jesy has spoken about her mental health battle and revealed in her 2019 BBC documentary Odd One Out that she attempted suicide after being subjected to vicious trolling.
Following a backlash over the live stream chat, rapper Nicki noted Jesy’s mental state as she tweeted, “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?” She added, “Shame on you that’s rlly sad. You don’t know what ppl can deal with. Mental Health.”
The post came after Nicki also took a not-so-subtle swipe at Leigh-Anne in which she accused the singer of only speaking out about blackfishing now that Jesy is no longer helping the band make money. For unversed, blackfishing is a term used to describe a white person attempting to appear to have black heritage. The following has stemmed from a series of leaked messages released by influencer NoHun, in which Leigh-Anne allegedly accused Jesy of ‘blackfishing’ with her new music video.
Three years ago Jesy was first accused of cultural appropriation when she sported braids in her hair in a photo posted to Instagram, which was later deleted. She came under fire yet again after releasing the music video to her new single, Boyz, a remake of Diddy’s 2001 video Bad Boy For Life, which she samples in her new track.
Addressing the claims in an interview with Vulture, Jesy claimed that she was never targeted with ‘blackfishing’ claims while she was in Little Mix and has only faced such criticism following her departure from the girl band. “I’m very aware that I’m a white British woman; I’ve never said that I wasn’t,” she said, defending herself from the accusations. She added, “But I mean, like, I love Black culture. I love Black music. That’s all I know; it’s what I grew up on.”