LITTLE Mix revealed they were called "slags" after their X Factor win and claimed One Direction "didn’t get the s**t we get".
The girl band have been in the spotlight for almost a decade now, after appearing on The X Factor back in 2011.
But Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Perrie Edwards say fame has dealt them blows that One Direction – composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik – never experienced and they were slammed for celebrating their sexuality the older they got.
Jesy, 29, said: "When we won the X Factor we didn’t look like a generic girl band, we’re all different shapes and sizes, we didn’t dress sexy so immediately everyone was, ‘What’s this.’
"Usually when you see a girl band they’re perfection, they have six-packs. And we didn’t. People saw us as kids so even though we’re now women people still think of us that way.
"When we come out on stage in leotards they think ‘that’s disgusting!’
Leigh-Anne Pinnock added to Mail's You magazine: "One direction didn’t get the s**t we did because they’re men. It’s like they’re four girls, let’s come at them. As soon as it’s girls they think ‘Oh you slag’."
Piers Morgan has been one of their biggest critics and once accused the quartet of "selling sex" to promote their last album, LM5.
"They're stripping off to sell albums, that's what it's about.
"The rest of it is baloney … they're fake," he said.
But Jesy said: "I take Piers Morgan with a pinch of salt. He does it to cause drama. So I take no notice."
So far Piers has kept quiet about the group's sixth album, Confetti, which includes lyrics about one-night stands.
Last September, Jesy won praise for her emotional BBC documentary Odd One Out in which she opened up about the impact which trolling had on her.
She's now revealed cruel troll abuse has made her not want to have kids.
The singer, who won a National Television Award for her documentary Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out, said she would hate to see her child experience the same bullying that she did.
She said: "Before we got in the group, I never looked at myself and thought, 'I don’t like that' – I don’t think any of us did.
"I never thought, 'Oh god, I’m fat', and then we got in the industry, and we all started wanting to change things about ourselves. It’s so sad. There are things [in the past] I definitely wish I hadn’t done."
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