The 30-year-old performer released her debut single Boyz along with the music video which features American rapper Nicki Minaj and a cameo from record producer P.Diddy.

The Essex-born singer told Vulture in an interview : "I'm very aware that I'm a white British woman; I 've never said that I wasn't.

"But I mean, like, I love Black culture.

That's all I know, it ’ s what I grew up on. ’ She added :' I take all those comments made seriously.

the star quit little mix last december, saying it was necessary to protect her mental health.

"it is weird because for so many years we were as close as sisters, together every hour of the day for weeks, sharing beds, laughing, crying, just 24 the four of us together and then… nothing.

"hopefully at some point in the future we can all come back together.

They are my sisters in so many ways, but for the time being we just don't talk. ’ Got a story?

Former Little Mix star Jesy Nelson has released her first solo single, Boyz, less than a year after quitting the record-breaking girl group.

the singer has come under fire on social media following the release of her music video after fans accusing the 30-year-old of blackfishing- a term that refers to someone who is pretending to be black or mixed-race.

Her debut single Boyz stars Jesy alongside rapper Nikki Minaj and P Diddy, but fans were not impressed to see the former Little Mix star sporting a deep tan and braided hair in the footage.

Jesy Nelson's new video for Boyz features Nicki Minaj, a black woman.

Why is Jesy's skin DARKER than Nicki's?

they 've got jesy is an icon."

This video is everything and we can clearly see it's YOU !!

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Nelson has previously described the song as an "in your face" club anthem that could divide fans' opinion.

"you 're either going to love it or you 're going to hate it and i would rather that than people be like, 'meh, okay," she told noctis xxi magazine.

"I find the constant pressure of being in a girl group and living up to expectations very hard," she told fans at the time.

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It's a confident, if imperfect, start to Nelson's solo career.

Diddy also makes his promised cameo in the glossy, high-production video.

i can't believe how miserable i was."

"that's all i know; it's what i 've done.

She added that she hadn't spoken to her ex-bandmates since leaving last year.

She also admitted that she has not met the newborn babies of Edwards and Pinnock : "No.

However, Jesy has hit back at claims of cultural appropriation, pointing out that the term blackfishing had never been directed towards her before she left Little Mix.

"I don't feel like I ’ m hiding something anymore," she said.

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