Jesy Nelson Officially Leaves Little Mix
Little Mix member Jesy Nelson announces she is leaving the band after 9 years due to mental health issues.
Just over a month, ago the 29-year-old singer's publicist confirmed she was taking 'extended time off' from the girl group for 'private medical reasons.' But since has announced she is exiting the band for good.
In a lengthy Instagram post, Nelson expressed her appreciation for the time spent in the band. But despite that, the "constant pressure" was too much to handle.
"The truth is, recently 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 very hard," she wrote
"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."
Her bandmates Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards, and Jade Thirlwall responded to the statement on Twitter, saying they understood and supported her choice.
"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," they wrote.
"We love her very much and agree that it is so important that she does what is right for her mental health and wellbeing. 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."