Jessie J quits social media after bodyguard’s death: ‘I want to focus on myself’

Jessie J. (PHOTO: Getty Images)
Jessie J. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

Cape Town - Nobody’s Perfect hitmaker Jessie J says she plans to step away from social media in 2019 to focus on herself following the sudden death of her bodyguard.

The 30-year-old took to Instagram on Thursday to share a heartfelt message and to announce her hiatus.

“Starting my new year with some unexpected heavy personal stuff has only made me want to be more present in my life. Spending more real time with people I love and some time with myself,” she posted.

“When sadness hits it’s important we embrace it, so it doesn’t define us and it’s for sure surfaced some emotions and things I need to work on with all my attention and love. I have to practise on myself what I talk about [on] stage and in my music too.

“So I’m taking a solid break from all social media for a while. Not forever but a while. For now, anything posted will be work-related by my team. I want to live in the moment as much as I can and not through my phone.”


Jessie ended her message by saying she loves her fans.

“Happy new year,” she posted. “The year of LIVING THE best life for YOU. See you soon.”

The post comes just days after she revealed her long-time bodyguard, known as Dave, had died. In a tribute to her former team member she shared several photos of them together taken over the years, Daily Mail reports.

Jessie also reminisced about their close friendship, saying Dave was her “family”.


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The love you had for your children. Was everything ?? We would laugh till we cried nearly everyday. We created Penelope and the blue Shetland pony together. We talked about our dreams. We talked about what our biggest fears were. You weren’t just my security, we ARE family. 4 years. Me and you. Remember when you got me the blue Shetland pony cake for the end of The Voice Aus. When we went to see fifty shades in Aus and giggled the whole way through. When you would text me when I was filming The Voice on the breaks to make me laugh. The late night walks we would take together to get some air. Who would shout “banana” quickest. When you came to see me when I was in hospital to cheer me up and I was out of it on anaesthetic and we again just laughed. You were so worried about me. You looked after me. Working out by the side of the bus everyday before the tour. You would push me and tell me I could do better. When you would do anything so I could see my fans waiting. You would always sort it out so it was safe for them and me. When I was terrified on that flight from Dubai to London because of the turbulence and you held my hand for 8 hours. I will never forget that. When we would go shopping and try on silly hats and glasses. When you would carry me to stage because my shoes wouldn’t make it through the mud. The way we laughed. I keep going back to that. We had so much fun Dave. Your love for working out. The way you would eat your meals and I would always wish I could be so disciplined. I am now. You inspired me. Your love for your dogs. Your love for tattoos. Your love for travelling. Your gentleness. Your voice. The way you stuck by me when everyone else left. It was me and you in Aus. You were my rock. I wrote this because I want everyone to remember the man you were. You were a gentle giant with a heart so big everyone felt it. I love you so much. We were supposed to meet for hot chocolate next week. I miss you. I will see you on the other side one day. Rest easy Dave / give your Dad a hug from me ???????

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Sources: Daily Mail, People, Us Weekly

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