Jesy Nelson Announces She Has Left Little Mix
Jesy Nelson has announced that she's leaving Little Mix, nine years after the group were formed on The X Factor.
Releasing an emotional statement thanking former bandmates Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy explained that being in Little Mix had 'taken a toll' on her mental health.
'The truth is recently being in the band has really taken a toll on my mental health,' she wrote.
'I find the constant pressure of being in a girl group and living up to expectations very hard.
'There comes a time in life when we need to reinvest in taking care of ourselves rather than focussing on making other people happy, and I feel like now is the time to begin that process.'
Jesy's former bandmates Jade, Leigh-Anne and Perrie also confirmed the news via the band's official Instagram account.
They said, 'After an amazing 9 years together Jesy has made the decision to leave Little Mix.'
They continued, '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.'