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Leigh-Anne Pinnock wows as a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race as her row with Jesy Nelson continues

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Leigh-Anne Pinnock sent fans into a frenzy on Wednesday as she revealed she would appear on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK as a guest judge this week. 

The Little Mix star, 30, was officially confirmed to appear on the panel last month but it was unknown which episodes of the new series she would feature on.   

Taking to Instagram, Leigh-Anne told her fans she was ‘kinda gagged’ to be on the show as she flaunted her figure in a thigh-skimming multi-coloured mini dress. 

Hype: Leigh-Anne Pinnock sent fans into a frenzy on Wednesday as she revealed she would appear on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK as a guest judge this week 

Leigh-Anne looked sensational in the promotional images as she put on a leggy display in the fashion forward dress and towering black stilettos.  

The Little Mix star accessorised with a pink and electric blue striped glove and a pair of circular blue earrings as she chanelled an 80s chic aesthetic.  

‘What an HONOUR,’ she told her fans. ‘il be on @dragraceukbbc tomorrow [Thursday] as a guest judge and I’m kinda gagged about it.’ 

Meanwhile, the official Drag Race UK Instagram announced: ‘From Pick ‘N’ Mix to Little Mix, this week Leigh-Anne Pinnock is bringing sweet melody to the judging panel.’   

Gorgeous: Leigh-Anne looked sensational in the promotional images as she put on a leggy display in the fashion forward dress and towering black stilettos

Gorgeous: Leigh-Anne looked sensational in the promotional images as she put on a leggy display in the fashion forward dress and towering black stilettos

Leigh-Anne gushed online ahead of her cameo: ‘The thing that I love about Drag Race is the creativity and the drama!’ And the outfits are just always banging.’  

Leigh-Anne and her former band member Jesy Nelson have been embroiled in a bitter row in recent weeks, after Jesy was accused of blackfishing with the release of her first solo single Boyz. 

Leigh-Anne broke down in tears as she made a speech about her ‘character’ during her 30th birthday party celebrations on Saturday.

'This week Leigh-Anne Pinnock is bringing sweet melody to the judging panel,' the Drag Race UK Instagram announced as Leigh-Anne gushed she was honoured to take part on the show

‘This week Leigh-Anne Pinnock is bringing sweet melody to the judging panel,’ the Drag Race UK Instagram announced as Leigh-Anne gushed she was honoured to take part on the show 

The singer became emotional as she was supported by her fiancé Andre Gray, 30, following her ‘blackfishing’ row with Jesy and rapper Nicki Minaj.

Leigh-Anne, who recently gave birth to twins, said she is ‘so proud’ of what she has achieved so far and will ‘never stop’ using her voice.

While Leigh-Anne grew tearful, Andre stepped in to state that anyone who disrespects his fiancée is going to have a ‘problem’ with him.

The couple did not address recent reports that Little Mix are set to announce they are splitting next month.  

Emotional: Leigh-Anne broke down in tears as she made a speech about her 'character' during her 30th birthday party celebrations on Saturday

Emotional: Leigh-Anne broke down in tears as she made a speech about her ‘character’ during her 30th birthday party celebrations on Saturday

Leigh-Anne said: ‘I’m 30 years old. I know my character. You know my character. Anyone that meets me knows my f*****g character. I’m so proud of everything that I’ve achieved. 

‘I’ve got the most beautiful fiancé who I’m still pretty much obsessed with. Best believe, everything I stand for, everything I’m fighting for, it’s for them [her twins]. 

‘I will never stop. I have found my voice now and I will continue to use it. Tonight we celebrate life, best friends and amazing family. I love you all.’ 

Andre wrapped his arm around Leigh-Anne during her speech and then took the microphone as he said anyone who disrespects his fiancée is going to have a ‘problem’ with him.

Absent: While Leigh-Anne was celebrating her birthday with her nearest and dearest, Jesy Nelson skipped the party in favour of downing shots with her pals

Cheers: The Boyz singer went for drinks with her friend Sal and shared a snap of some of the drinks they enjoyed on Saturday

Absent: While Leigh-Anne was celebrating her birthday with her nearest and dearest, Jesy Nelson skipped the party in favour of downing shots with her pals

He said: ‘You can put this on Instagram or whatever and if you’ve anything to say, come and find me. She’s my baby mother, my wife. 

‘If you’re going to try and disrespect my baby mother, my wife, my fiancée and my children, there’s gonna be a problem. That’s how it is. 

‘All I want to do is support you three. Everyone in here knows their names. When they grow up, I hope they’re just like you.’

A source close to Jesy told MailOnline: ‘Jesy has already apologised for any offense caused with the blackfishing claims and she hasn’t said a word about Leigh-Anne.’  

Speech: Leigh-Anne became emotional as she was supported by her fiancé Andre Gray, 30, following her 'blackfishing' row with former Little Mix bandmate Jesy and rapper Nicki Minaj

Speech: Leigh-Anne became emotional as she was supported by her fiancé Andre Gray, 30, following her ‘blackfishing’ row with former Little Mix bandmate Jesy and rapper Nicki Minaj

While Leigh-Anne was celebrating her birthday with her nearest and dearest, Jesy skipped the party in favour of downing shots with her pals.

The Boyz singer went for drinks with her friend Sal and shared a snap of some of the drinks they enjoyed on Saturday.

Leigh-Anne looked incredible for the celebrations as she donned a figure-hugging animal print jumpsuit.

She did not address speculation that Little Mix are set to announce next month that they are formally splitting up. 

Amid speculation that Leigh-Anne, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall are planning on solo careers, it’s said that they’ll officially call it a day as a trio with an announcement in mid-November.

Stunning: Leigh-Anne looked incredible for the celebrations as she donned a figure-hugging animal print jumpsuit

Stunning: Leigh-Anne looked incredible for the celebrations as she donned a figure-hugging animal print jumpsuit

According to The Sun, the move comes as it’s evident that ‘the end of the road has been reached’, with the girls’ upcoming tour reported to be a final farewell to their devoted fans. 

A source told the publication: ‘There has been a lot of speculation about the future of Little Mix but it is now very clear that the end of the road has been reached.

‘A date is set to announce the split. The upcoming tour is going to be a farewell to their fans.’  

Leigh-Anne said: 'I've got the most beautiful fiancé who I'm still pretty much obsessed with. Best believe, everything I stand for, everything I'm fighting for, it's for them [her twins]'

Leigh-Anne said: ‘I’ve got the most beautiful fiancé who I’m still pretty much obsessed with. Best believe, everything I stand for, everything I’m fighting for, it’s for them [her twins]’

It comes after the Little Mix girls have been embroiled in a very public feud. 

Jesy was accused her of ‘blackfishing’ – a term used to describe a white person attempting to appear to have black heritage – in leaked Instagram messages from Leigh-Anne.

Jesy left Little Mix in December last year, saying being part of the pop group had taken a toll on her mental health. 

Claims: Jesy was slammed by Leigh-Anne who accused her of 'blackfishing' in leaked Instagram messages

Claims: Jesy was slammed by Leigh-Anne who accused her of ‘blackfishing’ in leaked Instagram messages

Content: She released her first solo single Boyz featuring Nicki Minaj on Friday last week and has been focusing on her music following the row

Content: She released her first solo single Boyz featuring Nicki Minaj on Friday last week and has been focusing on her music following the row

She released her first solo single Boyz featuring Nicki Minaj earlier this month and has been focusing on her music following the row. 

A source told MailOnline: ‘Jesy has spent the last couple of days in the recording studio.

‘The studio has become a sanctuary for her; and she’s been pouring her heart and soul into writing new songs.

‘Jesy wants to focus solely on her music and solo career and not get caught up in any further feuds with other artists; she’s got some big plans for the future and upcoming music.’

Departure: Jesy left Little Mix in December last year, saying being part of the pop group had taken a toll on her mental health (L-R Leigh-Anne, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards in April)

Departure: Jesy left Little Mix in December last year, saying being part of the pop group had taken a toll on her mental health (L-R Leigh-Anne, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards in April)

The row between the former bandmates hit headlines last week when leaked messages between Leigh-Anne and influencer NoHun saw the singer accuse Jesy of blackfishing in the music video for Boyz.

Leigh-Anne also claimed that and her bandmates did not unfollow the star on Instagram as has been widely reported but were instead blocked by Jesy.

A slew of messages to NoHun saw Leigh-Anne insist that ‘no one knows anything’ when it comes to the fallout and that she was ‘raging’.

The leaked messages showed Leigh-Anne replying to NoHun’s poll, asking whether he should create a dance routine to Jesy’s debut solo single Boyz.

Jesy then took part in an Instagram livestream with Boyz collaborator Nicki, who accused Leigh-Anne of trying to ruin Jesy’s new solo career and branded the new mother and the rest of the group ‘jealous miserable clowns’.

Blackfishing? Jesy was accused of blackfishing after releasing the music video to her single, Boyz - a remake of Diddy's 2001 video Bad Boy For Life, which she samples in her new track

Blackfishing? Jesy was accused of blackfishing after releasing the music video to her single, Boyz – a remake of Diddy’s 2001 video Bad Boy For Life, which she samples in her new track

What is ‘blackfishing’? 

A newly coined phrase in 2018, ‘blackfishing’ describes someone who pretends to be black on social media for social or financial gain – using make-up, hairstyles, or even surgery to alter their appearance and adopt characteristics typically associated with women of colour. 

The term came to prominence after a post calling out the ‘alarming’ amount of ‘white girls cosplaying as black women on Instagram’ was liked nearly 50,000 times on Twitter. 

It prompted users to flood the thread with before and after snaps revealing drastic changes to certain influencers’ appearance.    

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