Jesy Nelson of Little Mix has confirmed her departure from the band.
In a statement, Jesy revealed that the pressures of being in the girl group have severely affected her mental health.
Jesy 29, wrote: ‘The past nine years in Little Mix has been the most incredible time of my life.
‘We have achieved things I never thought possible. From winning our first Brit Award to our sold-out shows at the O2.
‘I can’t thank you all enough from the bottom of my heart for making me feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
‘You have always been there to support and encourage me and I will never ever forget it.‘
She also touched on the struggles she faced whilst being part of the group.
She stated: ‘Being in the band has really taken a toll on my mental health. I find the constant pressure of being in a girl group and living up to expectations really hard.‘
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On Twitter, Little Mix vowed to continue as a 3 piece and look forward to their 2021 Confetti tour.
We love her very much and agree that it is so important that she does what is right for her mental health and well-being. We are still very much enjoying our Little Mix journey and the 3 of us are not ready for it to be over.
— Little Mix (@LittleMix) December 14, 2020
Jesy’s departure comes shortly after a representative announced last month that she would be taking an ‘extended break’ from the band due to ‘private medical reasons.’
Fans took to social media to express their feelings about the situation.
Many saw Jesy leaving as a positive sign of strength, noting that her mental health needed to come first.
so proud of Jesy for doing what was right for her, I’m heartbroken that she’s left Little Mix and they definitely won’t be the same without her but it must of been really hard to make that decision, cannot wait for what the future holds for her, she’s so talented ❤️
— jack (@jacktpowis) December 14, 2020
the best 9 years. my heart is heavy with saddness but i just know that is better for your mental health. thank you for everything ❤️ to all us mixers – don’t be sad that it’s over, be glad it happened 💘 #LittleMix #jesy 💝 pic.twitter.com/rN4x5QHwX6
— chloe plunkett (@chloeplunkett05) December 14, 2020
i just hope that jesy doesn’t feel guilty for doing this. I know that we’re all upset but none of that is her fault and I hope she knows we all support her so much and don’t blame her at all. We just want her to be happy.
— elena 🥰 (@monsterinmixer) December 15, 2020
We wish Jesy the best for the future and hope this decision aids her mental health.
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