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Jesy Nelson’s real name revealed – and the music megastar she went to school with

SHE is best known to her legion of fans as Jesy, but that is in fact just her nickname.

The 30-year-old was named Jessica Louisa at birth, before she adopted the shortened version of the moniker. 

The talented singer attended the Sylvia Young school as a child where she mixed with other rising stars – including pop superstar Rita Ora. 

As a kid Jesy appeared in box office smashing films, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and About A Boy.

She was working in a pub before she auditioned for the X Factor in 2011 and was put into a group with Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock.

They went on to become Little Mix – one of the most successful girl groups of all time before Jesy quit last December.

She is currently gearing up to release her first solo single Boyz, featuring Nikki Minaj. 

Speaking about her decision to leave the band, Jesy recently said: “I feel a lot of people think that it’s selfish I’ve left the group.

“I really didn’t want to upset people and I didn’t want people to think that about me, but I don’t care any more.

“It was ten years of my life that I was very unhappy with and I needed to take myself out of that and genuinely do what’s going to make me happy. 

“Some people may not understand that, but you live once and you have to do what makes you happy.

“Being in Little Mix is literally like a machine. You don’t have any time off. You can’t switch off.

“Even when you go home, your phone is constantly going off about work and your life is planned out.”

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