Jesy Nelson addressed accusations that she was “blackfishing” in her most up-to-date music video throughout an Instagram Reside on Monday.
The 30-year-old singer, who was beforehand part of Little Combine, got here underneath fireplace after social media customers claimed Nelson had tanned her pores and skin to look darker in an try and be seen as biracial within the music video for “Boyz” with Nicki Minaj.
“I personally need to say that my intention was by no means ever to offend individuals of shade with this video and my track as a result of like I mentioned, rising up as a younger woman, that is the music that I listened to,” Nelson mentioned in the course of the sit-down with Minaj.
“These are the movies that I watched and thought have been the very best,” she added. “For me personally, ’90s R&B have been the very best years in music. I simply needed to have fun that. I simply need to have fun that period of music is what I really like.”
Nelson mentioned it “actually damage” her to know that she had offended individuals.
“My intention was by no means, ever, ever need to offend anybody and genuinely it really does actually damage me which will have offended individuals and really, like, damage individuals’s emotions simply by genuinely celebrating one thing that I really like,” Nelson added.
Throughout Instagram Reside, Nelson additionally claimed she will get naturally tan within the solar.
“I am simply actually fortunate as a White woman that once I’m within the solar, I tan so darkish like, so many individuals have mentioned to me earlier than like Leigh-Anne [Pinnock] within the group has mentioned, ‘You positive you are like not mixed-race since you’ve acquired darker than me within the solar. That is loopy,'” Nelson claimed, referring to her former bandmate from Little Combine. “I needed to return on this Reside right now as properly and present everybody my hair is of course curly. I’ve at all times had curly hair. I acquired it from my dad.”
Nelson emphasised that she was not “deliberately” being “racially ambiguous” in a press release beforehand made to Vulture.
“I take all these feedback made critically,” the singer advised the outlet. “I might by no means deliberately do something to make myself look racially ambiguous, in order that’s why I used to be initially shocked that the time period was directed at me.”
Earlier than going solo with “Boyz,” Nelson was a member of Little Combine, an all-girls group that had received “X-Issue” within the UK.