by Muthoni Kimani
December 17, 2020
Jesy Nelson has left Little Mix, saying being part of the pop group had "taken a toll on my mental health".
The news followed an announcement in November that Nelson would be taking an "extended" break from one of the country's biggest-selling girls bands for personal medical reasons. She had previously been absent from the final of Little Mix's BBC One talent show 'The Search', and also a performance at the MTV European Music Awards.
The band's publicist Simon Jones said;
"Jesy is having extended time off from Little Mix for private medical reasons. We will not be issuing any further comment currently and ask the media to please respect her privacy at this time."
It seems that time is finally here, Nelson announced her permanent departure on social media, saying her nine years in the group had been "the most incredible time of my life". She also thanked fans as she explained her decision, saying;
"Recently being in the band has taken a toll on my mental health", and adding that she finds the "constant pressure" of being in a girl group and living up to expectations "very hard."
She concluded by saying; "So after much consideration and with a heavy heart, I'm announcing I'm leaving Little Mix. "I need to spend some time with the people I love, doing things that make me happy. I'm ready to embark on a new chapter in my life – I'm not sure what it's going to look like right now, but I hope you'll still be there to support me."
"Most of all I want to say thank you to Jade, Perrie and Leigh-Anne for creating some of the most amazing memories I'll never forget. I hope that you'll continue to fulfill all of your dreams and keep on making music that people love. Love Jesy x."