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Jesy Nelson breaks her silence to thank fans in first post since quitting Little Mix

Jesy Nelson has returned to social media for the first time since announcing she’s quit Little Mix.

The singer penned a message saying the support she’d received from fans had made her ‘so emotional,’ after announcing on Monday she was leaving the band to focus on her mental health. 

Jesy wrote: ‘I just want to say thank you so much to everyone 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.’ 

Breaking her silence: Jesy Nelson has returned to social media for the first time since announcing she’s quitting Little Mix

Moving: The singer penned a message saying the support she'd received from fans had made her 'so emotional,' after announcing on Monday she was leaving the band

Moving: The singer penned a message saying the support she’d received from fans had made her ‘so emotional,’ after announcing on Monday she was leaving the band 

Jesy announced her departure from Little Mix on Monday night in a lengthy Instagram post, three weeks after it was confirmed she’d be taking an extended break from the band.

She wrote: ‘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 from 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.  

‘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.

Bombshell: On Monday Jesy announced she'd quit Little Mix, admitting the 'constant pressure' of being in the band took a toll on her mental health (pictured with bandmates Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall L-R in November 2019)

Bombshell: On Monday Jesy announced she’d quit Little Mix, admitting the ‘constant pressure’ of being in the band took a toll on her mental health (pictured with bandmates Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall L-R in November 2019)

‘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.’  

Jesy emotionally added: ‘I need to spend some time with the people I love, doing things 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.

‘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.

‘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 on making music that people love. Love Jesy x.’

Emotional: Jesy shared a heartfelt statement where she revealed she wants to focus on things that make her 'happy'

Emotional: Jesy shared a heartfelt statement where she revealed she wants to focus on things that make her ‘happy’

Following her announcement, Jesy proceeded to unfollow Little Mix’s manager Samantha Cox, who still follows other members of the band. 

She’s also removed any mention of Little Mix from the top of her Instagram profile, replacing it with an email address.

Perrie Edwards, 27, Jade Thirlwall, 27, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, 29, admitted it was an ‘incredibly sad time’ for the band but they ‘fully support’ Jesy’s decision. 

Fans were left devastated over the news as they sent their best wishes to both Jesy and the band in emotional messages. 

While several celebrities, such as Dermot O’Leary and Frankie Bridge, reached out on the post to support Jesy as they praised the star for her ‘brave’ decision.  

Little Mix also confirmed that they would be remaining as a trio, saying that they are ‘not ready for it to be over’.   

Cutting ties: Following her announcement, Jesy proceeded to unfollow Little Mix's manager Samantha Cox, who still follows other members of the band

Cutting ties: Following her announcement, Jesy proceeded to unfollow Little Mix’s manager Samantha Cox, who still follows other members of the band 

They penned on both Instagram and Twitter: ‘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. 

‘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.   

‘We know that Jesy leaving the group is going to be really upsetting news for our fans. 

‘We love you guys so much and are so grateful for your loyalty and continued support of all of us. We’re looking forward to seeing so many of you on tour.’

Trio: Little Mix stars Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall (L-R) have said they will continue as a trio following Jesy 's emotional exit on Monday night (pictured in November)

 Tragic: Perrie Edwards, 27, Jade Thirlwall, 27, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, 29, admitted it was an ‘incredibly sad time’ for the band but they ‘fully support’ Jesy’s decision

Little Mix’s achievements   

Little Mix were crowned the winners of The X Factor in 2011 when they become the first band to ever win the show in its history. 

The band has since gone on to become one of the biggest ever girl group’s in the UK, scoring number one hits including Wings, Black Magic and Shout Out To My Ex.  

They were signed to Simon Cowell’s record label Syco until November 2018 when they switched to rival label RCA.

Little Mix won two BRIT Awards for their 2017 hit Shout Out to My Ex and their 2019 single Woman Like Me featuring Nicki Minaj. 

Winners! Little Mix won two BRIT Awards for their 2017 hit Shout Out to My Ex (pictured) and their 2019 single Woman Like Me featuring Nicki Minaj

Winners! Little Mix won two BRIT Awards for their 2017 hit Shout Out to My Ex (pictured) and their 2019 single Woman Like Me featuring Nicki Minaj 

Other achievements include five Global Awards, six MTV Europe Music Awards, a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award and two Teen Choice Awards.

The band had a total of six successful tours, they were due to be touring this year for their Summer 2020 Tour but it was cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis. 

Only recently, the band had great success with both their brand new album Confetti as well as their talent show Little Mix: The Search.

The album reached Number 1 on the Official Irish Albums Chart while it peaked at Number 2 in the UK.

Little Mix are slated to head on tour in April next year with their new album Confetti, but it is currently unclear whether dates may be delayed due to the Covid-19 crisis. 

Amazing: Other achievements include five Global Awards, six MTV Europe Music Awards, a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award and two Teen Choice Awards (pictured in 2017)

Amazing: Other achievements include five Global Awards, six MTV Europe Music Awards, a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award and two Teen Choice Awards (pictured in 2017) 

They signed off their post with: ‘Love always, Jade, Perrie and Leigh-Anne xxx.’   

Last month, Little Mix’s representative announced Jesy would be taking an ‘extended break’ from the band due to ‘private medical reasons.’ Jesy has been a member of the band since their formation on The X Factor in 2011.

The singer missed the final of her BBC reality series with the band, Little Mix The Search, and also pulled out of hosting the MTV EMAs. 

The Little Mix girls had been due to host and perform at the 27th edition of one of the biggest nights in global music – the 2020 MTV EMAs – on November 8. 

Support: The group also took to Instagram to share the news as they admitted it was an 'incredibly sad time' for the band, but confirmed they will continue as a trio

Support: The group also took to Instagram to share the news as they admitted it was an ‘incredibly sad time’ for the band, but confirmed they will continue as a trio

Way back when: Little Mix were crowned the winners of The X Factor in 2011 when they become the first band to ever win the show in its history (pictured)

Way back when: Little Mix were crowned the winners of The X Factor in 2011 when they become the first band to ever win the show in its history (pictured) 

A statement released to MailOnline read at the time: ‘Jesy is unwell and will not be appearing on tonight’s final of Little Mix The Search.  

Only recently, it was claimed that Little Mix are reportedly planning to pursue solo careers.

The Sun reported that Perrie and Jade are both looking at music projects while Leigh-Anne is eyeing up TV opportunities.  

The source added that the group still have a tour to complete next April and will see it through, even if it is delayed due to COVID-19.  

Little Mix were crowned the winners of the X Factor in 2011 when they become the first band to ever win the show in its history.

The girls shot to stardom with their first single Wings, before topping the charts with Black Magic and Shout Out To My Ex.  

They recently released their sixth studio album, Confetti, which includes current hit Sweet Melody.

The band has since gone on to become one of the biggest ever girl group’s in the UK, scoring a collection of number one hits.  

'Hard': In an interview just days after Jesy's 'extended break' was announced, Little Mix admitted that they 'didn't expect being in a band to be so hard' (pictured with Jesy in September)

‘Hard’: In an interview just days after Jesy’s ‘extended break’ was announced, Little Mix admitted that they ‘didn’t expect being in a band to be so hard’ (pictured with Jesy in September)

They were signed to Simon Cowell’s record label Syco until November 2018 when they switched to rival label RCA.

Little Mix are slated to head on tour in April next year with their new album Confetti, but it is currently unclear whether dates may be delayed due to the Covid-19 crisis. 

Since Jesy’s ‘extended break’, Perrie, Jade and Leigh-Anne have performed as a trio at the 2020 MTV EMAs, on Strictly Come Dancing and appeared on various TV shows. 

In a TV interview just days after Jesy’s ‘extended break’ was announced, Little Mix admitted that they ‘didn’t expect being in a girlband to be so hard’. 

As the band watched back a clip from their time on The X Factor, Leigh-Anne said being in a band was everything they’d hoped for. 

Perrie added: ‘I don’t think we expected it to be this hard. When you’re young and you think of being a popstar, you think, ”Oh I want everyone to love me and ask for my autograph…” then you get thrown into it and you’re like, ”Holy s*** balls it’s a lot”.

‘We don’t rest, we don’t sleep. But we love success so we’re willing to work for it and it’s been an amazing 10 years!’

Leigh-Anne continued: ‘People don’t see how hard it is, the things that go on behind the scenes. People don’t understand the pressure.

What’s next for Little Mix?  

After Jesy’s announcement on Monday night, the band – made up of  Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock – took to social media to insist they will remain as a trio.

They penned: ‘We are still very much enjoying our Little Mix journey and the 3 of us are not ready for it to be over. 

‘We know that Jesy leaving the group is going to be really upsetting news for our fans. 

‘We love you guys so much and are so grateful for your loyalty and continued support of all of us. We’re looking forward to seeing so many of you on tour.’

Jesy’s exit comes following great success for Little Mix, with both their brand new album Confetti as well as their talent show Little Mix: The Search. 

Little Mix are slated to head on tour in April next year with their new album Confetti and their first tour without Jesy, but it is currently unclear whether dates may be delayed due to the Covid-19 crisis. 

Prior to Jesy’s exit, the singer had been on an ‘extended break’, with Perrie, Jade and Leigh-Anne representing the band as a trio at the 2020 MTV EMAs, Strictly Come Dancing and various TV shows. 

‘People sometimes see popstars and think, “Oh it is glam and glitz”, but really it’s hard.’

Bandmate Jade recently gave her support to Jesy after her ‘extended break’ was announced, insisting that Little Mix will always be ‘family’.

Speaking to The Mirror, the Geordie star said: ‘We’ve always been about lifting each other up – I think that translates. People aren’t stupid, they can tell when you’re on stage if you aren’t getting along. 

‘Maybe that’s why people have warmed to us for nearly 10 years. We’re family now.’  

Jade also dismissed claims that the award-winning group were splitting up but admitted they ‘might’ do their own projects at some point in the future 

Only recently, it was claimed that Little Mix are reportedly planning to pursue solo careers.

The Sun reported that Perrie and Jade are both looking at music projects while Leigh-Anne is eyeing up TV opportunities. 

A source said: ‘The girls have been open and honest with each other, and with their current management team.

‘They have started discussions with some prospective managers and agents about what their solo careers might look like.

‘Some of the girls might end up taking on solo projects with their current management team too. But this isn’t about ending the band, it’s about looking to the future.’

Only recently, Jesy has won praise for her groundbreaking 2019 TV documentary Odd One Out, which addressed her struggles with online bullying and body image.

Jesy left viewers in tears as she bravely spoke about her battle with depression in her BBC documentary, which won a National Television Award in January.   

She talked in depth for the first time about how trolls, who mocked her over her looks and weight, triggered her into attempting to take her own life in 2013.

After the documentary aired, social media was awash with demands from fans to have the programme shown in schools to help educate youths.

Jesy has long been candid about her experience with body shaming and trolling over the years, after being viciously targeted when she was a contestant on The X Factor 2011.

She memorably broke down during the competition as she discussed how hard it had been dealing with negative comments from complete strangers.

Speaking in the VT at the time, she said: ‘People are writing a few nasty comments and it has just got to me a little bit.

‘When you’ve got your own insecurities and then when people go and tell you and write them on websites for everyone to see it just makes you feel really rubbish.

‘Being in a girl group with three beautiful girls who are a lot slimmer and smaller than me… and obviously I know I’m a lot bigger. I find it really hard when people publicise it on Twitter.’ 

The turning point came in February 2014 when, while on Devi Lovato’s tour as a supporting act, Demi’s dancers advised her to delete Twitter, likening it to a book filled with ‘loads of nasty things’.

Jesy’s praise for groundbreaking BBC documentary Odd One Out

Jesy won praise for her groundbreaking 2019 TV documentary Odd One Out, which addressed her struggles with online bullying and body image. 

The star left viewers in tears as she bravely spoke about her battle with depression in her BBC documentary, which won a National Television Award in January.   

She talked in depth for the first time about how trolls, who mocked her over her looks and weight, triggered her into attempting to take her own life in 2013.

After the documentary aired, social media was awash with demands from fans to have the programme shown in schools to help educate youths.

At the time, it also became the top show on BBC iPlayer after its release, with 1.87 million requests within seven days. A huge 64 per cent of viewers on the BBC platform were 16-34 year-olds. 

Odd One Out also aired on BBC One in September last year, with 3.3 million viewers and a 55 per cent growth in show watchers compared to initial overnight ratings. 

Emotional: Jesy broke down in tears as she scooped a trophy in the Factual category for her documentary Odd One Out at the National Television Awards in January

Emotional: Jesy broke down in tears as she scooped a trophy in the Factual category for her documentary Odd One Out at the National Television Awards in January 

This means that the hard-hitting documentary is the highest 16-34 viewed programme on BBC One this year in peak time, the BBC has said. 

Jesy broke down in tears as she scooped a trophy in the Factual category for her documentary Odd One Out at the National Television Awards in January.

The Little Mix star admitted she was ‘overwhelmed’ as she took to the stage at London’s O2 Arena to accept the top prize for her heart-wrenching film, which focused on the bullying and trolling she endured since rising to fame. 

As she openly wept, the singer said: ‘I’m so sorry, this is so overwhelming. I’m such a baby! Thank you so much.’

After thanking the producer and director and her mother, she turned her attention to then boyfriend Chris Hughes, they have since split.

Jesy gushed: ‘I want to thank Chris, my boyfriend for bringing me up every day and making me feel confident.’

She continued: ‘I want to thank every person that voted. You have no idea what this means to me, to us. I don’t think we expected this reaction when we made it…

‘I’m so grateful that such a negative experience in my life turned into such a positive one.’

Start of their career: Little Mix pictured together in 2011 at the start of their career

Start of their career: Little Mix pictured together in 2011 at the start of their career 


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