JESY NELSON took a step back from Little Mix last month.
The 29-year-old singer took a hiatus from the girlband following her sudden disappearance from the finale of their BBC1 talent show The Search – but is she leaving for good?
Has Jesy Nelson left Little Mix?
Jesy told her followers on December 14 that she has quit Little Mix.
The singer had been a member of the group since they formed on The X Factor in 2011, alongside bandmates Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall.
Together they have sold more than 50million records, landing two Brit Awards, four number one singles and releasing six albums along the way.
In November, Jesy revealed that was taking an extended break from the band.
But just a month later, she has told her followers that she is leaving the group for good.
Why has Jesy Nelson quit Little Mix?
Jesy cited mental health issues for her decision to leave the girlband.
She told fans on her Instagram account: "The past nine years in Little Mix has been the most incredible time of my life.
"We have achieved things I never thought possible.
"The truth is recently being in the band has really taken a toll on my mental health. I find 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.
"So after much consideration and with a heavy heart, I'm announcing I'm leaving Little Mix."
The 29-year-old took time off from the group for medical reasons last month with a band spokesman telling The Sun: “Jesy is having extended time off from Little Mix for private medical reasons.
"We will not be issuing any further comment currently and ask media to please respect her privacy at this time."
It came after she confirmed she would miss the band’s high profile appearance at the EMAs in early November 2020.
At the time a spokesman said: “Jesy is unwell and will not be appearing on tonight’s final of Little Mix: The Search.
“She will also not be hosting or performing at tomorrow’s MTV EMAs.”
Will Little Mix continue without Jesy Nelson?
It is expected that Little Mix will continue without Jesy.
The girl group have announced they are scheduled to hit the road on tour again in April 2021, though it’s thought the dates may be delayed if necessary as a result of ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.
The band were the first group to win The X Factor at the height of its success back in 2011, a year after boyband One Direction finished third, and quickly joined the ranks of pop superstars with a string of chart hits – including Wings, Black Magic and Shout Out To My Ex.
Four of their albums have enjoyed platinum sales, and a string of spin-off projects including clothing ranges, perfume, beauty products and an autobiography have cemented their status as A-listers.
Away from the band Jesy won a National Television Award for her work on a landmark TV documentary called Odd One Out addressing online bullying and struggles with body image.
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