Jesy Nelson confirmed her new romance with Waterloo Road and Emily In Paris star Lucien Laviscount as they kissed and frolicked in a rickshaw in London on Saturday.
The Boyz hitmaker, 30, couldn’t keep her hands off her handsome new beau, 29, who shot to fame in Grange Hill in 2007 – with the pair embracing, kissing and staring into one another’s eyes as they prepared to head home from Mayfair.
Jesy flaunted her enviable frame in a tiny crop-top which revealed her honed waist and washboard abs.
New love: Jesy Nelson confirmed her new romance with Waterloo Road and Emily In Paris star Lucien Laviscount as they kissed and frolicked in a rickshaw in London on Saturday
The star paired this with army-print trousers and heels as she walked down the road after her night out.
The beauty, who last month was embroiled in a ‘blackfishing’ row over her Boyz music video and single, wore her brunette bob sleek and straight and sported a rich palette of make-up.
Jesy, who was most recently linked to her ex Harry James, has previously dated stars including Chris Hughes, Jordan Banjo and Coleen Nolan’s son Jake Roche, who she was engaged to.
The new couple looked positively smitten as they kissed and chatted in the rickshaw while a friend looked on- with Jesy unable to take her eyes off Lucien for a second.
Delight: Jesy looked happier than ever as a dapper Lucien climbed into the rickshaw
Burnley-born Lucien has recently joined Lily Collins drama Emily In Paris as its latest heartthrob for the sexy drama’s second season.
After starring in an M&S ad aged 10, he forged his acting career in British soaps like Grange Hill, Coronation Street and Waterloo Road, as well as starring in 2011’s Celebrity Big Brother where he hit the headlines after causing a stir by flirting with and kissing both TOWIE star Amy Childs and Kerry Katona.
Since then, his star has been on the up-and-up, with the superhunk landing roles in American dramas Scream Queens and Katy Keene.
Wow: Burnley-born Lucien has recently joined Lily Collins drama Emily In Paris as its latest heartthrob for the sexy drama’s second season (pictured as Alfie with Lily as Emily)
Meanwhile Lucien has plenty of experience with racy on-screen scenes, having romped with Bridgerton star Phoebe Dynevor in Snatch and Victoria Justice in the 2020 film Trust.
Jesy sparked worldwide conversation last month after her debut single and music video for Boyz was released – with fans, critics and even her former bandmates blasting the star for ‘blackfishing’ – which is a form of cultural appropriation, whereby a person pretends to be black or mixed race by mimicking traits and characteristics.
Little Mix also revealed they warned Jesy about blackfishing before her shock exit from the group last year.
Sweet nothings: The pair looked deep in conversation as they enjoyed their night out
Over there: Jesy leaned on her hunky beau’s shoulder as they chatted
Kiss: Jesy couldn’t resist planting a kiss on her new boyfriend’s cheek on their night out
Jade Thirlwall, 28, admitted she, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, 30, and Perrie Edwards, 28, had a ‘friendly, educational’ chat with Jesy, 30, after she began to overhaul her look.
The Boyz singer was reportedly criticised in Instagram messages by her former bandmate Leigh-Anne for appropriating black culture and darkening her skin with fake tan and changing her hair in the video.
Now the group have confirmed they had spoken to her about the difficulties in the way she presented herself, but insisted it happened before she quit last year.
Jade told Stella magazine: ‘We don’t want to talk about the video, or be critical, but one thing we will clarify regarding the blackfishing situation is that Jesy was approached by the group in a very friendly, educational manner.’
Laugh out loud: The pair were unable to keep their eyes off one another in the back of the rickshaw
Banter: The star was cracking up with laughter as she posed with some pals
Look of new love: Jesy looked smitten with Lucien as the pair chatted in a rickshaw
Night out: Jesy exuded glamour as she was followed down the street by her pals
Hunk: Lucien showcased his ripped frame in an August 2020 Instagram post in Antigua
Back then: The Burnley-born actor came from ordinary beginnings before making his big screen debut in British soaps like Grange Hill (above)
Leigh-Anne added: ‘Capitalising on aspects of blackness without having to endure the daily realities of the black experience is problematic and harmful to people of colour.
‘We think it’s absolutely not OK to use harmful stereotypes. There’s so much to say on that subject that it’s hard to sum up in a sound bite.’
Earlier this month Jesy revealed she’s tested positive for Covid after ‘feeling unwell’ for several days.
The singer took to Instagram to share the news of her diagnosis with fans, confirming that she’d also pulled out of her scheduled performance at Hits Radio Live In Birmingham on Saturday.
Jesy’s planned performance would have been her first concert since announcing she was leaving Little Mix last year, just weeks after kickstarting her solo career with her debut single Boyz.
Rise to fame: Lucien’s first role came in 2006, when he starred alongside Zoë Wanamaker in the TV adaptation of the Terry Prachett novel Johnny and the Bomb
Role: Lucien played Jonah Kirby in Waterloo Road from 2010-2011 (pictured left)
Jesy Nelson’s love life: A timeline
At the start of her career, Jesy dated Diversity star Jordan.
During the height of their romance, her bandmate Jade Thirwall revealed their boyfriends were banned from their tour bus to avoid distracting the band.
The couple’s conflicting schedules eventually ended their relationship after two years of dating.
Jesy began dating Jake shortly after her split from Jordan. He is the son of Coleen Nolan and Shane Richie and frontman of indie group Rixton.
After a year of dating, Jake popped the question in 2015 during a Little Mix soundcheck and had Ed Sheeran surprise her on stage with her favourite song Tenerife Sea – from Ed’s 2014 album X.
They split in November 2015. His mum Coleen revealed they remain friends and the break-up was amicable between the pair.
Chris Hughes was not Jesy’s first reality star romance after she dated TOWIE star Chris Clark in 2017 – much to fans’ surprise.
Things ended very badly however when Chris admitted he broke up with Jesy over text – and used his ex-girlfriend Amber Dowding’s phone to send the text.
He said at the time: ‘I used Amber’s to do it. I was never going to escape it. I had to just deal with it. She was on the other side of the world. I am happier now than I ever have been.’
Jesy dated musician Harry for 16 months before parting ways in November 2018.
Their romance first came to light when they holidayed together in Mykonos in July 2017.
The following year – and just two months before she began dating Chris – a source close to the star said: ‘Jesy and Harry enjoyed their time together but have decided to call it a day.
Jesy began dating Chris in January last year, when they confirmed their romance over a steamy date at a kebab shop.
He stood by her through the release of her groundbreaking documentary Odd One Out and featured in the documentary.
Sadly however, it was revealed in April that after self-isolating separately, Jesy split from Chris over the phone.
2020 – 2021
Jesy’s most recent high profile relationship was with Our Girl actor Sean Sean, but the two split in January after nine months of dating.
The former Little Mix singer admitted it was the first relationship where she had been ‘kept on her toes’, as she revealed previous boyfriends have treated her like a ‘princess’.
Jesy explained that she typically got ‘bored’ in these relationships and ended up viewing her partner as more of a friend.
After their breakup, Sean ‘liked’ a string of glamorous snaps online, including of Too Hot To Handle star Nicole O’Brien and model Yasmeen Falck.
In her Stories post Jesy said: ‘Hey my lovelies, after feeling unwell for the last few days, I’ve sadly tested positive for Covid, Which means I’m now self-isolating, following government guidelines.’
‘It means I’m no longer able to perform live in Birmingham this Saturday. Apologies to any of my fans who bought tickets and I’m so sorry I can no longer be there.
‘I hope you all have an amazing night, stay safe and I can’t wait to see you all soon love you so much.’
Jesy was previously seen on the promotional trail for her solo single Boyz last month, but last took to Instagram to share an image on Monday which she captioned: ‘All fun & games till I play too.’
Stateside: In 2015, he landed his first big break across the pond, landing the role of Earl Grey, in FOX’s US horror comedy series Scream Queens
Past loves: Jesy has previously dated Love Island hunk Chris Hughes (left in 2019) and producer Harry James (R in 2018)
Shock: Earlier this month Jesy revealed she’s tested positive for Covid after ‘feeling unwell’ for several days
The star is still scheduled to perform at Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball next month, alongside a star-studded lineup including Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran.
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Jesy Nelson for comment.
It also comes just days after Little Mix released their brand new track, No.
The group also delighted their fans by releasing new single No and an accompanying sassy music video, which sees Perrie, Leigh-Anne – who are both new mums – and Jade pushing ‘men-children’ in prams.
The band have been celebrating ten years of Little Mix and released a new album Between Us on November 12th.
The album is a celebration of a decade of global hits from a record-breaking pop band.
All of their biggest hits are featured on the album including their number one singles Wings, Black Magic, Shout Out To My Ex and Sweet Melody.
They feature alongside major tunes such as Touch, Move, Power, Salute and their latest smash collaboration with Galantis and David Guetta – Heartbreak Anthem – which has so far been streamed over 400 million times.
It’s also been reported that Jesy has drawn on her past unions with Love Island star Chris Hughes, 28, singer Jake Roche, 29, and actor Sean Sagar, 31, to pen material for her upcoming solo album.
On stage: It comes after the release of her solo single Boyz, which was met with a mixed reception of delight from fans and backlash over claims she was appropriating black culture
In one track titled Heartbreak Hotel, Jesy references finding herself single once again after a break-up, singing: ‘Sorry that you’re back so soon, it’s OK, we have been expecting you.’
In another song directed at an ex, she sings: ‘Did you take her to the place where you told me that you loved me?’
An insider told The Sun: ‘Jesy has been writing and recording all year and is really proud of her music. So far about five songs have been completed and they are a mixture of ballads and pop hits.
‘She doesn’t live in a bubble and is aware of how divisive Boyz was but it’s making her more determined than ever to make the next single perfect.
‘The current plan is that neither of the ballads will be the second single, but the hope is that she will drop her next track at the end of January.’
The news comes in the wake of the release of her debut solo single Boyz, which was met with a mixed reception of both delight from devoted fans and backlash over claims she was appropriating black culture.
Jesy quit Little Mix in December last year and recently launched her solo career with the release of her first solo track Boyz, with Nicki Minaj.
She recently performed her track on The Graham Norton show, but following her departure from Hits Live, the Jingle Bell Ball will be her first actual concert as a solo artist.
Concern: Little Mix recently revealed they warned Jesy about blackfishing before her shock exit from the group last year (Jade Thirwall, Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, pictured)