Say it isn’t so! Jesy Nelson has confirmed that she’s leaving Little Mix after almost a decade with the girl group.
The shocking news came to light less than a month after the 29-year-old singer took a “leave of absence” from the group. She posted a lengthy statement on her Instagram last night (Monday, 14th December) to personally address the news about her exit to her fans (known as Mixers).
In regards to the reason behind her decision to leave the girls, Jesy revealed that being part of the pop group “has taken a toll on my mental health”. She went on to explain, “I find the constant pressure of being in a girl group and living up to expectations very hard.”
The “Sweet Melody” singer continued by writing, “There comes a time in life when we need to reinvest in taking care of ourselves rather than focusing 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.”
Little Mix also took to the group’s official Twitter to show some love and support to Jesy. The stunning jam-makers tweeted, “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.”
The girls added in another series of thread, “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.”
Following the announcement about her exit from Little Mix, many fans have flooded social media with emotional messages, along with the hashtag #ThankYouJesy. Take a look at some of their reactions below:
Thank You so much Jesy for the last incredible 9 years with the girls! You are such an inspiration to loads of people across the globe & we really do love you & we will support you on your next chapter in your life! Sending you lots of love! ❤️#ThankYouJesy @LittleMix pic.twitter.com/LFP7iAFL3L
— Mixer Management (@mixermanagement) December 14, 2020
— justine▽ (@jadesdivas) December 14, 2020
— alessiaguax (@alessiaguax) December 14, 2020
No jesy, people are not good enough for you.
Not enough kind.
You are good enough, you’re shining anyway, you’re the diamond that they don’t see. We see you, we love you, thank you!#ThankYouJesy #littlemix pic.twitter.com/wMfys4OCzX
— jolene (@buzatenalin) December 14, 2020
We will miss you so much Jesy! Thank you for being there for your die-hard fans and most importantly, for staying so strong. We love you. ❤️