Jesy Nelson’s debut album delayed until 2022 after blackfishing scandal and disastrous campaign for single Boyz

JESY Nelson signed with Polydor to plenty of excitement in May, when it was announced her debut solo record would be out “later this year.”

But I’m afraid I have bad news for any fans still hoping they will have her album in time for Christmas.

I’ve learned it will not be released in 2021 following the controversies surrounding her debut single Boyz and her spat with her former Little Mix bandmates.

That said, with heavy hitters including Ed Sheeran, ABBA and Adele releasing within the next month alone, I think it’s a genius idea to wait a few more months.

Last night a source close to Jesy insisted her album had never been officially scheduled for this year, despite a press release announcing the plans when she first struck her deal with Polydor.

Another music insider said: “There was lots of excitement that the album would be ready in time for Christmas. Jesy spent months in the studio at the top of the year after leaving Little Mix and had loads of songs ready to go.

“But the rollout for Boyz took a long time and the team and Jesy don’t want to release an album after only putting out one single. The hope now is that a full collection will follow next year.

“Jesy was still working on new music as recently as last month, when she was in Los Angeles. She just wants it to be the best it can be.”

It’s a different move from the last major star to go solo after quitting a high-profile UK.

Zayn Malik rushed out an album on the one-year anniversary of him quitting One Direction.

And Camila Cabello put out a slew of singles after she quit Fifth Harmony, releasing her debut album 13 months later.

There is now no risk of Jesy’s record going head-to-head with Between Us — Little Mix’s first album as a trio which will be out on November 12.

Just don’t wait too long, Jesy, or Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock or Perrie Edwards could beat you to it again.

Water lover

NICOLE Scherzinger has once again left me speechless after stripping down to a bikini and oiling up online.

The Pussycat Dolls singer uploaded these stunning shots alongside a long caption about her Zodiac sign and her love of water.

But if you ask me, the detailed description of her “sensitive and intuitive” personality isn’t the main reason her post is picking up hundreds of thousands of likes.

She sprawled on her back for a series of snaps while holidaying at a five-star retreat on the island of Canouan in the Caribbean with her boyfriend Thom Evans.

The duo have been dating ever since meeting on X Factor: Celebrity in 2019, when Thom auditioned alongside fellow rugby union players Ben Foden and Levi Davis in boyband Try Star.

He may not have won the show but Thom walked away with the best prize.

Ed in chaos

PROMO for his fourth solo album has been thrown into chaos after he tested positive for Covid, but Ed Sheeran won’t let that stop him plugging it.

With the opportunity to go to a TV studio off the cards, he is turning his garden pub, The Lancaster Lock, to good use as a makeshift venue.

He built the boozer in the grounds of his Suffolk estate to drink with his mates, but he will use it to sing in for his performance on The Jonathan Ross Show on Saturday.

In an exclusive chat, Jonathan said: “We were supposed to have Ed Sheeran on but he’s got Covid so obviously can’t.

“We are going to do a live Zoom from his pub at home, which is the first time we’ve seen inside his pub.”

Ed had already told fans he would be trying to work from home, just like the rest of us did for months on end.

But they will be chuffed to hear the isolation means we will finally be treated to a glimpse inside the famous pub.

Breaking the news, Ed wrote on Instagram: “Quick note to tell you that I’ve sadly tested positive for Covid, so I’m now self-isolating and following government guidelines.

“It means that I’m now unable to plough ahead with any in-person commitments for now.

“So I’ll be doing as many of my planned interviews/performances I can from my house.”

Chin up, Ed – mine’s a pint!

Social Shawn

SHAWN Mendes has had to delete apps from his phone to combat his “extreme social media addiction”.

He said he gets obsessed with online content, particularly TikTok which is “everything” to him.

The Senorita singer said: “TikTok is great. I have extreme social media addiction, so I have to really balance myself out. I have to delete those apps every now and again.

“I’m on a TikTok break right now. But when I have it, it’s everything . . . I am a child of Vine. They’re different, TikTok is much more advanced.”

A Cold Xmas

THEY have just announced six nights at the 90,000 capacity Wembley Stadium for their 2022 tour – three of which have sold out – but Coldplay aren’t turning their back on intimate shows for good.

The band have teamed up with the BBC for a one-off gig for Radio 2.

It will take place on December 9 as part of a songwriting season.

Over the weekend, frontman Chris Martin brought out Spice Girls Mel C as a surprise guest at a charity gig in LA.

Sporty Spice gave a rendition of their hit 2 Become 1, to delight fans.

The move came just a week after Ed Sheeran joined Coldplay on stage at Shepherds Bush Empire in London.

Hopefully the band line up a similar surprise for their Christmas show.

Horses for courses

GERI Horner has long had a passion for horses but I didn’t expect her to be a fan of Megan Thee Stallion.

The Spice Girls singer hit it off with the rapper at the United States Formula One Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, posing for a photo with her and her Red Bull Racing boss husband, Christian Horner.

I dread to think how awkward the conversation was, but sharing a snap of them together online, Geri wrote: “Gurrrllllll POWER . . . ”

Meg posed in a black sheer outfit but brave Geri wore a full-length white dress.

I appreciate she wasn’t getting her hands dirty with the cars, but I’ll be impressed if she emerged from the pits stainless by the end of the day.

Three big acts go live

YOU wait for months for a live tour and suddenly three come along at once.

Stereophonics have announced an intimate tour kicking off in Leicester on November 26 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their hit album, Just Enough Education To Perform.

Then for next year, Will Young has announced his own 20th anniversary tour, marking two decades since he won Pop Idol.

To top it off, yesterday Sir Rod Stewart announced a spate of UK shows in support of his new album The Tears of Hercules.

Top of the pops

SIR Elton John is on his way to No1 this week with The Lockdown Sessions his 32nd studio album.

But last night there were just 4,500 chart sales separating the Top Five, according to the Official Charts.

Duran Duran are at No2 with Future Past while Lana Del Ray, who topped the charts with her last record Chemtrails Over The Country Club in April, is at No3 with Blue Banisters.

Biffy Clyro are at No4 with The Myth Of The Happily Ever After, while Coldplay’s Music Of The Spheres has slipped four places to No5.

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