Little Mix singer says Honey G is an actress

The 35-year-old rapper from "North Weezy" is this year's most controversial contestant

Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson has cast further doubts on the authenticity of controversial X Factor finalist Honey G.

The 35-year-old rapper from Harrow in North-West London – or “North Weezy” as she calls it – has been the major talking point of this year’s series. Some viewers believe she is a serious rapper with rather unusual technique, whereas others think her act is a potentially problematic parody of hip-hop culture. The Guardian‘s Lola Okolosie recently branded her performance on the show modern-day blackface”.

Last weekend, judge Simon Cowell responded to Honey G’s performance of Tupac’s ‘California Love’ by saying: “I thought you weren’t serious when you first came in. But now I realise that you are.”

However, Nelson – whose group won the show in 2011 – is less convinced. “She’s just no. I think she’s an actress, I’ve been told she is as well,” she said on KISS FM this morning, according to Daily Star.

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“I don’t think it’s fair that novelty acts get through,” Nelson continued. “I get it in that it becomes a little niche thing and everyone finds it funny, but I just think it’s so unfair when so many incredible people don’t get through.”

Honey G – whose day job is running her own recruitment company – will no doubt cause more controversy on The X Factor tomorrow night (October 15) when she performs a cover of Notorious BIG’s ‘Mo Money Mo Problems’.