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Jesy Nelson has spoken out about leaving Little Mix for the first time, and fans think there's a fall-out involved.
Nelson left the band in December 2020, after nine years of singing in the foursome, leaving behind Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock. At the time, the band said in a statement, "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."
The singer had been struggling with her mental health and she hadn't been appearing at some events such as the finale of Little Mix: The Search due to "medical reasons." In the 2019 BBC Three documentary 'Odd One Out' Nelson opened up about the lasting effect cyber bullies and trolls have had on her.
Nothing has been confirmed, but fans think there could be some falling out happening behind the scenes because Leigh-Anne Pinnock announced the news of her pregnancy the same day Nelson's heart-felt interview with Cosmopolitan dropped.
Nelson told the magazine that sometimes she would turn up for work with the band and felt hostility from "certain people."
"I felt like I was coming into an environment, sometimes, where people didn't want me to be there.Sometimes I wasn't a positive energy because I was so down. When you feel that way anyway, to be around certain people on my team that didn't want me there was hard."
The Sun reports that Nelson is cutting all ties with the three Little Mix members and that the girls now only communicate through third-parties. How true this is, we will never know for sure, but there have been subtle "jibes" during interviews which could hint that there's some tension there. An "insider" told The Sun "[Jesy] wants to sever ties and start again - that seems to be both professionally and personally."
It wasn't long before Jesy was announcing her plans for a solo career, which must have come as a shock to her former band-mates. But she told Cosmopolitan that she never intended to come out of the public eye forever, she just "couldn't deal with the pressure of being in a girl band," and is now going in her own direction.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast on 6th May, Jade Thirwall said losing Jesy had been a "weird shift" towards operating as a threesome, but they're "getting on with it" and the three "weren't ready to call it a day yet."
"We've had to adapt especially with our existing music"- BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) May 6, 2021
Little Mix's Jade Thirlwall tells #BBCBreakfast it's been a 'weird shift' following Jesy Nelson's departure from the group. https://t.co/rut19tGsxt pic.twitter.com/xLR4Nk2tGq
Speaking exclusively to Cosmopolian in May 2021, Nelson said: "I can't believe how unhappy I was [in the band]."
She was interviewed by one of her best friends, Felicity Hayward, who asked the singer to rate her level of confidence on a scale of 1-10.
"I had no insecurities, I never looked at myself and said,'I don't like that.' When I got in the band, my confidence was zero. Once I got older and I learned not to care as much, I probably got to a 4.5. And then I'd say now I've left, I'm a solid 8.5."
Nelson said she constantly compared herself to the other three girls in the band and felt like she needed to wear certain things and "go on an extreme diet." She admitted that lockdown made her realise how unhappy she'd been at work.
"The last music video we did [Sweet Melody] was the breaking point. We'd been in lockdown, and [that had been] the first time I could have a break and be at home around people that I love. It was the happiest I'd ever felt, and I didn't realise that until I went back to work. I immediately became a different person. I had anxiety."
"There's a scene in Sweet Melody I'm not in, because that's when I had a panic attack and broke down," she explained. "It wasn't nice for the other three to be around someone who didn't want to be there."
Nelson hasn't released any singles yet, but we know she's cooking up something in her recording studio and she's working with producers.
Nelson said during the Cosmo interview, "I loved the music I made with Little Mix, but it wasn't the kind of music I listen to. It just feels so nice to be making music that I love."
We'll be sure to keep you posted on Jesy Nelson's exciting new direction as a solo artist.
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