Jesy Nelson officially says goodbye to Little Mix

'I need to spend time with the people I love, doing things that make me happy'
Jesy Nelson
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It's the end of an era for Little Mix fans. Singer Jesy Nelson has officially left the building.

The remaining women in the group (Jade ThirlwallPerrie Edwards, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock), which has been together since 2011 and their formation on the eighth season of the UK's The X Factor, sent her off with some kind words on social media.

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“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,” the group said. “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.”

Jesy posted a statement about her departure to Instagram, saying "the past nine years in Little Mix has been the most incredible time of my life... 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... So after much consideration and with a heavy heart, I'm announcing I'm leaving Little Mix. I need to spend time with the people I love, doing things that make me happy."

"I'm ready to embark on a new chapter in my life," she says. "I'm not sure what it's going to look like right now, but I hope you'll still be there to support me."

Little Mix's message ended with something for fans to look ahead to in the post-COVID future. “We’re looking forward to seeing so many of you on tour. Love always, Jade, Perrie and Leigh-Anne xxx."

Little Mix just released their sixth album, Confetti,  and even slipped in some vocals from their U.K. brother, Harry Styles, on the track “Breathe.”

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