Jaymi Hensley has backed "dream" Lisa Maffia after Nadia Essex tweeted about her "snake" Celebrity Coach Trip mates.
The former Union J member said Nadia’s tweet, which called Lisa a "bully" after the pair engaged in an angry Twitter spat, used "the wrong word" as he only experienced a great time with Lisa and her coach trip partner, Mutya Buena.
He also said Nadia seemed to get along fine with the group at the Channel 4 Summer Party, which was filmed after the show wrapped earlier in the year.
Jaymi exclusively told MirrorOnline: "I think it’s a bit of a mess. I didn’t spend a whole week with her on the coach, but I arrived the day it all hit the fan, so I got the lowdown from everybody, and her and Bobby telling us what happened.
LIsa and Mutya on Celebrity Coach Trip
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"But seeing it with Lisa, what an amazing person Lisa is, and what a dream. She has lost it on Twitter with Nadia but from what I’ve known of her it would take a bloody lot to get under her skin that much.
"I think it’s been blown massively out of proportion, throwing the word ‘bully’ around. I mean, we’re all adults and knew what we were getting ourselves into.
"We were all there to be judged on our personalites and we were all booked becuase we have big personalities and love a bit of drama."
But Jaymi suggested perhaps the timing of Nadia’s tweet was slightly off, considering the group got on well two weeks after the filming ended.
Jaymi and JJ on Coach Trip
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Nadia tweeted: "So Lisa thinks I used the way they made me feel for a storyline. No Hun. It wasn’t fun and games for me. I always told the truth and you lot singled me out and treated me like crap. I think these tweets prove who’s the bully here. @lisamafia
He continued: "After we came off the coach we went to the Channel 4 Summer Party and everybody was speaking.
"Nadia was talking to everyone so I was a little surprised when I saw this coming out now when the show is on and all the press was done.
"It could have been put to bed there and then."
Nadia also claimed there was a WhatsApp group which was so "toxic," she had to leave it for her "mental health," but Jaymi has said he and JJ Hamblett were not involved in this group at all, even joking they’d been "left out."
Jaymi continued: "We’re not in this, I’m a bit like, ‘What bloody WhatsApp group?
"This whole voting scandal thing Nadia did instigate this, that’s why there’s this Whatsapp group and I remember people did say this about messages from Madia in the Whatspp group about who to vote for.
Nadia’s first tweet about the show
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"It was my first time being involved in a reality popularity contest and I just presumed that’s how they all work, but now I think it’s being blown out of proportion and while she’s entitled to her opinion… but my side spending time with the guys there wasn’t bullying or bitching.
"And we all now what Charlotte [Crosby’s] like – she’s loud and honest but she isn’t a bully. That’s the wrong word.
"That would be if Nadia was a meek, shy, little wallflower… but she’s feisty girl – she gave as good as she got on the show so it’s the wrong word."
Jaymi also revealed he and his former bandmate George Shelley were in contact over Christmas and New Year, and that he was "touched" by the way George name checked him as an influence in his coming out story.
The singer said: "I watched it [George’s documentary.] I thought he did the most stunning job, I think for anybody of any age to go through what he went through is such an awful thing, especially if you’re in the public eye.
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"I think he did it the right way to get his point across and iIthink he did Harriet beautiful justice in how he acted and I’m so happy he did it for the grieving process.
"When you’re in the public eye it can be quite a lonely place and you don’t know how to talk. But this was a real tragedy which happened to him and his family. He’s doing a lot better now and I’m very proud."
Celebrity Coach Trip airs weekdays at 7.30pm on E4.
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