Jake Roche breaks silence on ex-fiancée Jesy Nelson’s Bad Boyz

"These are the bad boys you're talking about?"

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by Marianna Manson |

Jesy Nelson’s ex-fiancé Jake Roche, who she dated between 2014 and 2016, has filmed himself reacting to the video for her recent single Boyz – and it is hilarious.

To be more specific, he’s actually filmed himself reacting to another TikTok user’s reaction video. In the original version, TikToker jadoregeorgia filmed herself watching the controversial video and wrote, “Jesy I love u girlie, but these are the bad boys you’re talking about?”

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She edited in snaps of Jesy’s exes Chris Hughes and Jake, and added the caption, “They aren’t bad boys. They were just bad. Jesy u deserve the world and the song’s a bop btw”.

In turn, Jake posted his own #duetwith and evidently found the video hilarious, taking the mickey out of the notion that he himself was a “Bad Boy(z)”.

Jesy and Jake dated during the height of her Little Mix heyday, and he got down on one knee after just a year of dating (with the help of one Mr Ed Sheeran to make it extra special). But the young couple split shortly afterwards amid claims that Jesy was eager to start a family.

A source said at the time, “Jake feels that, at 24, he’s just too young to be a father.

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“He feels they have their whole lives ahead of them to start enjoying kids when the time is right.

“Jesy completely disagreed. She is only a year older but is much more emotionally mature - and she was always very clear with Jake that, as soon as she got married, she would want to start the next big chapter in their lives together.”

Since splitting from Jake Jesy has gone onto have relationships with TOWIE’s Chris Clarke and Love Island’s Chris Hughes, but her most high profile split has been from her former band mates after she made the announcement she was leaving Little Mix in 2020.

Despite initially implying there was no bad blood behind the split, it’s since come light that the group parted way under acrimonious circumstances, and the release of Jesy’s first single (and accompanying video) as a solo artist has only deepened the riff.

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In the aftermath of the video’s release, Jesy was accused of Blackfishing – where a white person adopts the image of a person of colour in order to appear as though they're from that demographic.

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2012-2014: Jordan Banjo

If you rewind your minds back to 2012, just as Little Mix were emerging off the back of their X Factor win, Jesy started dating Diversity dancer Jordan Banjo.

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Things got even messier when Jesy appeared on an Instagram live with Nicki Minaj, who features on the track, and openly laughed when Nikki called her former bandmates “clowns”.

Jesy responded to the claims by saying it had never been brought up before, with Little Mix later confirming that they had, in fact, brought up their concerns about Jesy’s Blackfishing while she was still in the group, in “a friendly and educational manner”.

Jesy said, “I personally want to say that my intention was never, ever to offend people of colour with this video and my song because like I said, growing up as a young girl, this is the music that I listened to. These are the videos that I watched and thought were the best. For me personally, '90s/2000 hip-hop, R&B music, was the best era of music.

“My intention was never, ever, ever to offend anyone and genuinely it actually does really hurt me that I may have offended people and actually, like, hurt people's feelings just by genuinely celebrating something that I love.”

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