The band says they got 'a lot of stick' and had to develop a thick skin

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Oh to be in Little Mix. It’s one long champagne-fuelled, endless-free-clothes party, right? Well, in a revealing interview, the band have opened up about the pressures of fame.

Newly-single Jesy Nelson told ITV1’s The Jonathan Ross Show that becoming famous so quickly was a ‘shock to the system’.

‘I think there’s a lot of pressure, especially for young girls, to look a certain way,’ the singer said. ‘When we went on The X Factor we didn’t look that great and we got a lot of stick for it, and it was hard.

Little Mix won the 2011 series of the competition (how can it be that long ago?!), becoming the first ever group to win the show. Since then Jesy (who was just slammed by Honey G) and fellow band members Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall have come under criticism for their appearance.

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‘Especially in the beginning, we did get a lot of stick,’ Jesy said. ‘Obviously we’d just been thrown into this whole experience so we’d never experienced anything like this and it was just a bit of a shock to the system. We still get it now but I think we’ve grown a thick skin now to it all.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Can Nguyen/REX Shutterstock (5479927k) Little Mix (Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock & J Capital Radio Jingle Bell Ball, O2 Arena, London, Britain - 06 Dec 2015

Photo by Can Nguyen/REX Shutterstock (5479927k)

‘It’s hard, especially when you’re so young and you’re not used to people just being able to comment on what you look like and being able to see it in front of your face.’ If we were on our own, we’d be terrified. I love how we support each other and bring out a confidence in each other that we never knew we had. I think if we were on our own, we’d absolutely sh*t ourselves.’

Speaking about the emotional ups and downs over the past few years, including some very public heartbreaks, Leigh-Anne said: ‘When I split up with my ex, I was thinking ‘I have got my three best friends, what does it matter?’ I’m so lucky to have these girls and that’s how we feel all the time. We’re the best of friends.’

Obvs Perrie wasn’t keen to bang on about her ex Zayn Malik, but she did mention it; ‘For a normal girl to go through something like that it’s hard. I think when the whole world is looking at it and talking about it, you feel a bit [affected by it]. Obviously I didn’t say too much about it, I briefly mentioned it.

‘I wasn’t going to not mention it… You’re in control at the end of the day and I briefly mentioned it, kind of said what happened but I would never get into detail because it is personal.’

The Jonathan Ross Show airs on ITV1 on Saturday at 21:30 GMT.