Jesy Nelson blames ‘constant pressure’ of being in girl band for Little Mix exit
Jesy Nelson has left Little Mix fans seriously gutted after she announced on Monday evening that she was leaving the girl group for good.
The 29-year-old shared the shock statement to her Instagram page, telling her 7.3million followers that the "constant pressure" of being in band and "living up to expectations" had finally wore her thin.
After some lengthy consideration, Jesy decided to put her own mental health first and instead of taking an "extended break" as previously announced, she has decided to step away from the group completely.
In the heartfelt statement, she explained that she wanted to not only devote more time to herself but to her "loved ones" too.
Jesy began: "To all my Mixers. The past nine years in Little Mix has been the most incredible time of my life."
"We have achieved things I never thought possible. From winning our first Brit Award to our sold out shows at the O2.
"Making friends and fans all over the world I can't thank you all enough form the bottom of my heart for making me feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
"You have always been there to support and encourage me and I will never ever forget it."
Jesy then went on to tell fans that her mental wellbeing had been affected from being in the band and she now felt it was the right time to fly the Little Mix nest.
The Shout Out To My Ex hitmaker said: "The truth is recently being in the band has really taken a toll on my mental health. I find the 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 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."
Jesy openly confessed that she didn't yet know what the future would hold for her and according to her statement it didn't seem as though she had any projects in the pipeline at this stage.
"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.
"I want to say thank you to everyone involved in our journey. All the hard work and dedication that went into making us a success.
"To every single fan who came to see us in concert, who listened to our songs and sung their hearts out, sent me messages and supported me along the way, I want you to know I love you all so much and I could never have done this without you and I appreciate it endlessly."
The former X Factor champ wrapped up the announcement by thanking her fellow peers: "Most of all I want to say thank you to Jade, Perrie and Leigh-Anne for creating some of the most amazing memories I'll never forget.
"I hope that you'll continue to fulfil all of your dreams and keep making music that people love. Love Jesy."
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