Jesy Nelson has reportedly been left "devastated" by the online furore and backlash directed to her and Nicki Minaj's live stream on Monday evening.
The former Little Mix star has been at the centre of controversy after being accused of "blackfishing" in the music video for her debut single Boyz.
And while discussing the matter on social media, her US collaborator Nicki doubled down on her former bandmate Leigh-Anne Pinnock who reportedly sent messages to TikTok user NoHun, in which she allegedly calls Jesy a "horrible person".
While Jesy did not comment on Leigh-Anne personally, she was seen laughing as Nicki appearing to brand her former pal a "f**king clown" during an Instagram live – which sparked accusations of "bullying".
A source has now revealed that "devastated" Jesy did not mean to "cause offence" and is now leaning on her friends and family for "support".
"What should have been a positive and happy celebration has been somewhat tainted by what has started to feel like a personal attack against her," a source told Metro.co.uk.
"It's starting to become a Little Mix vs Jesy storyline when ultimately the band and Jesy have always stood for women supporting women, and so it's a shame to see this taking such a sour turn.
"Jesy has been saddened to hear that so-called friends have been encouraging online hate towards her, and whilst she appears in a much better headspace after going solo, friends and family are checking in with her daily to make sure she's okay."
It was also added that Nicki was the first person Jesy spoke to when she began being accused of black-fishing.
Blackfishing is a term used to accuse someone of pretending to have Black or mixed-race heritage for their own gain.
OK! has contacted a representative for Jesy for further comment.
Jesy, who quit the chart-topping band in December after struggling with her mental health, has launched her solo career to much controversy.
Following the release of the music video for her new single Boyz, messages were reportedly sent from Leigh-Anne's account to TikTok user NoHun, which allegedly called Jesy a "horrible person".
It is not known who amongst Leigh-Anne's entourage has access to her social media account.
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