The X Factor star suffered hair loss after being bullied at school

Jesy Nelson has admitted that she suffered from alopecia as a teenager.

The Little Mix singer, who was a victim of cruel jibes about her weight during her time on The X Factor, was also bullied at school and started to lose her hair as a result.

I was probably about 13 when my hair just started coming out,’ reveals Jesy, 21.

Stress can cause alopecia and it wasn’t nice. I got picked on because I’ve always liked to dress differently.

I’ve never really wanted to fit in with everyone else. I like being individual. I think it’s cool.

I think the world would be boring if everyone looked the same.’

Jesy’s success with her Little Mix bandmates Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, has helped her to deal with the trauma.

It’s definitely made me stronger and I’m lucky that I’ve got these three girls as well because we stick up for each other,’ Jesy tells Fabulous.

People are always going to put you down. Whether you’re in the media or not, you get bitchy people.

You’ve just got to learn to ignore it and love yourself.’

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Anna Francis