Jesy Nelson signs solo record deal five months after quitting Little Mix
Jesy Nelson has announced she has signed a solo record deal just five months after quitting Little Mix.
The 29 year old stepped away from the chart-topping girl group due to mental health reasons in December 2020.
She has now announced via a social media post that she has inked a deal with Polydor Records, the home of Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez and Gary Barlow amongst many others.
Taking to Instagram, she posed in front of the record label's logo in a post shared with her 7.9million followers.
She wrote: "So excited to announce that I've signed my first ever solo record deal with @polydorrecords @universalmusicgroup.
"This is such a pinch me moment. I cannot wait for you guys to hear what I've been working on."
Jesy's exciting news comes weeks after she confirmed she would be releasing solo music this summer after teasing fans with a number of videos from the recording studio.
The stunner made the revelation about her music as she posted a string of photos from behind the scenes of her recent Cosmopolitan interview – where she discussed leaving the band – on Instagram. She captioned the post: "Cosmo photo dump."
Jesy was spotted liking a fan comment on the post which read: "Like this comment if you're going to feed us with some new music this summer."
Noticing she had confirmed her plans, a follower wrote: "Omggggg freaking out." Another said: "JESY IS OFFICIALLY RELEASING MUSIC THIS SUMMER."
A third added: "I'M SO FLIPPING EXCITED", while another wrote: "She likes your comment … omg."
Discussing the moment she decided to leave the group, Jesy told Cosmopolitan: "The last music video we did [Sweet Melody] was the breaking point. We'd been in lockdown, and [that had been] the first time I could have a break and be at home around people that I love.
"It was the happiest I'd ever felt, and I didn't realise that until I went back to work. I immediately became a different person. I had anxiety.
"Whenever we had a music video, I put an enormous amount of pressure on myself to try and lose weight. I have a fear of looking back on the camera. If I don't like what I see, I find it so hard to be in front of the camera and feel amazing and perform.
"I'd been in lockdown, and I'd put on a bit of weight but I didn't care. And [then] they said, 'You've got a music video in a couple of weeks,' and I just panicked.
"I went on this extreme diet, with bloody shakes, and tried to eat as little as possible. On the day of the Sweet Melody video I had a panic attack on set because I didn't look how I wanted to look and I found it so hard to just be happy and enjoy myself.
"I looked at the other three and they were having the time of their life. I get so jealous, because I want to feel like that and enjoy it, because music is my passion. To have this dream and not be enjoying it because of what I look like, I knew wasn't normal."