Jesy Nelson breaks silence after announcing she's quit Little Mix

Hannah Lovejoy
·2-min read
Photo credit: October Films/Jamie Simonds - BBC
Photo credit: October Films/Jamie Simonds - BBC

From Digital Spy

Jesy Nelson has returned to social media for the first time since she announced on Monday (December 14) that she'd left Little Mix.

The singer was in the group for nine years and made the decision to leave so that she could focus on her mental health – she also opened up about the pressures that she felt while being part of a girl band.

Jesy thanked her fans on her Instagram stories and wrote: "I just want to say thank you so much to every one of you that has shown me so much love and support over the past few days. Some of your messages have made me feel so emotional and I appreciate it so much, love you all."

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

Jesy's departure from Little Mix comes after a representative for the band confirmed last month that she would be taking some "extended time off" from the group. She recently missed some of the band's appearances such as the live finale of their show Little Mix: The Search and the Strictly Come Dancing results show.

Her ex-boyfriend, Love Island star Chris Hughes has also shown his support for Jesy and her decision.

Jesy shared a personal and heartfelt letter with fans on her Instagram to let them know that she was leaving Little Mix, she said: "The past nine years in Little Mix has been the most incredible time of my life. We have achieved things I never thought were possible. From winning our first Brit Award to our sold-out shows at the O2."

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Leigh-Anne, Perrie and Jade also posted their own statement on the official Little Mix Twitter account – they said that they are supportive of Jesy's decision and that they are not ready for the band to be over.

Jesy documented her mental health struggles last year when she made a documentary about cyberbullying and the impact that it has on people.

We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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