British singer Jessie J has told BBC Radio One that she was bullied as a teenager after medication she was taking went wrong and turned her skin green. The beautiful 26-year-old singer, who’s real name is Jessica Cornish, suffered from a heart defect and had a stroke when she was just 18. Jessie spent much of her childhood in hospital as a result of her poor health, but her problems didn’t end there. Jessie revealed that she was also bullied.
Jessie revealed that she was taking powerful medication to stabilize her heartbeat but unfortunately the medication “didn’t work” and the drugs had a peculiar effect leaving her skin with an “alien tint.” As is usually the case, the bullies targeted Jessie when she was at her most vulnerable. Unreality TV reveal that Jessie told the radio interviewer that her song “Who’s Laughing Now” is about her struggles to overcome the bullies who targeted her when she was a teenager because of her medication and how she looked.
“I had really big teeth, a big fringe. I was just uncomfortable in my skin. I wasn’t the pretty kid, I was the awkward one that didn’t know who I fitted in with.”
“The only place where I could escape was my dreams. I would enjoy going to sleep because I could dream about something that I wasn’t living.”
“I remember when I first became established and I received Facebook messages from girls who used to throw stones at my head as I walked home from school. It just made me go, ‘Who’s laughing now?’
“It sparked a real emotion that I know hundreds of thousands of millions of children around the world are going through.”
Jessie also explained that her breakthrough hit “Big White Room” was inspired by the time she spent in hospital. Jessie explained that, whilst she was in hospital recovering from an operation as an 11-year-old, she was in a bed opposite a young boy who was extremely ill. She woke in the night to hear the boy praying.
“He was sitting on the floor and he was saying, ‘Please God, don’t let me die. Please keep me alive, I will do anything, I will be a good boy.”
“The next day he died and I remember sitting with my mum and saying, ‘Why didn’t God save his life?”
Jessie said that she was haunted by the boys death and “cried herself to sleep every night.”
“He never left my mind and for those six years that I didn’t write a song about it, I just couldn’t let it go, then I said to my mum, I need to write a song about it.”
Jessie, who revealed this week that she can sing her hit “Bang Bang” with her mouth closed, said that it is important to her that her songs are empowering and send an inspirational message to people who have suffered through hard times. She revealed that
“I almost feel like I want to be a big sister to my fans that need one. I can put out music that I think will help them through some stuff.”
We are sure that by reaching out through her music and by talking about her experiences, Jessie J will prove to be an inspiration to many of her fans, especially if they are being bullied.
If you are being bullied in the UK, help is available through the National Bullying Helpline
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