JESY Nelson has confirmed that she has quit Little Mix, revealing that nine years in the band “took a toll on her mental health”.
The 29-year-old star announced the news on her Instagram page today after taking “extended time off” from the group last month.
She told her followers that she was leaving with a “heavy heart” as she reflected on the success the band have enjoyed since winning The X Factor in 2011.
However, she now wants to “reinvest in taking care of herself”, explaining: “I find the constant pressure of being in a girl group and living up to expectations very hard”.
Jesy also thanked her bandmates Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards, and Jade Thirlwall for all of their shared memories, as well as fans for their support over the years.
Adding: “I’m ready to embark on a new chapter in my life”.
Little Mix responded to the statement on Twitter, sharing their sadness at Jesy’s decision – but insisting they understood and supported her choice.
They wrote: “After an amazing 9 years together Jesy has made the decision to leave Little Mix. This is an incredibly sad time for all of us but we are fully supportive of Jesy.
“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.
“We know that Jesy leaving the group is going to be really upsetting news for our fans. We love you guys so much and are so grateful for your loyalty and continued support of all of us.
“We’re looking forward to seeing so many of you on tour.”
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