JESY Nelson was warned by her Little Mix bandmate Leigh-Anne Pinnock not to make her skin look darker as it was offensive to black people.
Jesy has been accused of stealing black culture in a “blackfishing” row.
And The Sun can now reveal Leigh-Anne, 30, fell out with Jesy, also 30, for using dark fake tan and hairstyles to make it appear she had black heritage.
Leigh-Anne, who has Barbadian and Jamaican ancestry, warned Jesy over her look last summer while making a BBC documentary on racism.
It drove a wedge between the women, known for their hit single Shout Out To My Ex, months before Jesy quit the girl group in December.
A source said: “Leigh-Anne had a conversation with Jesy, trying to explain why she was upset and why it could be offensive. She felt she had to address it while making her racism documentary, but it apparently fell on deaf ears.
“For Jesy to now claim that it has never been mentioned to her before is really rude.
“It’s upsetting she hasn’t taken any of this on board.”
Jesy says she has only faced allegations of “blackfishing” since quitting the group.
But a source close to the band claims Little Mix’s management also warned her about it after she sported her hair in braids three years ago.
She was accused of cultural appropriation and later deleted the Instagram image.
Jesy, who had braids in her hair in the video for her debut solo single Boyz, which came out on Friday, was quizzed about it last week.
She said she is a “white British woman” causing outrage from some fans who felt they had been led to believe she was biracial.
Asked previously about claims she is “blackfishing,” Jesy said: “The whole time I was in Little Mix I never got any of that. Then I came out of [the band] and people all of a sudden were saying it.”
Leigh-Anne and bandmates Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards, both 28, unfollowed her on Instagram over the weekend after the comments.
Jesy has not spoken to the trio since December.
In leaked messages, Leigh-Anne told a fan Jesy should be called out for her alleged behaviour.
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