Little Mix announce first song without Jesy Nelson

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Little Mix have announced their first new song since Jesy Nelson left the group.

The singer left in 2020 after nine years, saying the pressure of being in the girl group had taken a toll on her mental health.

The other members - Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards - confirmed they were continuing as a trio.

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And they have now posted a video on Instagram telling fans that their new single is called Confetti and that it’s a collaboration with the rapper Saweetie. The track will be out on 30 April.

Little Mix (Callum Mills via Getty Images for MTV)
Little Mix (Callum Mills via Getty Images for MTV)

Fans were delighted to hear new music from the group was on its way.

“Someone bring me an oxygen tank I’m going to pass out,” posted one excited follower on Instagram, while another wrote: “I can’t freaking wait!”

“I needed this,” gushed another.

Little Mix was formed on The X Factor 2011 after all four singers originally auditioned as solo artists.

They won the competition and went on to enjoy huge success with hits such as Black Magic and Shout Out To My Ex.

Little Mix perform during the second day of BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend at Stewart Park, Middlesbrough.
Little Mix perform during the second day of BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend at Stewart Park, Middlesbrough.

Nelson announced her departure in December last year.

She released a statement thanking fans for their support and describing her years in Little Mix as "the most incredible time of my life", but said it had impacted her mental health.

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 26:  Saweetie performs on stage at the Power 105.1'S Powerhouse 2019 presented by AT&T at Prudential Center on October 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for 105.1)
Saweetie (Brad Barket/Getty Images for 105.1)

"I find the constant pressure of being in a girl group and living up to expectations very hard,” she said in a statement.

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"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 the process.

"I need to spend some time with the people I love, doing thing that make me happy. I'm ready to embark on a new chapter in my life - I'm not sure what it's going to look like right now, but I hope you'll still be there to support me."

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