Just a few months after Jesy Nelson shocked the world and announced that she was leaving Little Mix due to mental health issues, the singer has given us a major update on where she and her former bandmates stand now. And we’re sorry to say, she is actually not in contact with the other Little Mix girls at all.
“I haven’t spoken to the girls,” she told Glamour Magazine in a new interview. “It is weird because for so many years we were as close as sisters, together every hour of the day for weeks, sharing beds, laughing, crying, just 24/7 the four of us together and then… Nothing.”
For those who missed it, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards both became moms in August 2021, but according to Nelson, she hasn’t met their new babies.
“I’ve sent a few texts, but that’s it. I can’t explain it, it’s like there has to be this distance. We were so close so you can’t do in-between, there has to be space and hopefully at some point in the future we can all come back together,” she continued. “I love them. They are my sisters in so many ways, but for the time being we just don’t talk.”
Why Did Jesy Nelson Leave Little Mix?
Many fans were left heartbroken when the brunette beauty announced that she was parting ways with the girl group in December 2020. At the time, she claimed that she needed to step away to focus on herself and her mental health.
“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 in my head,” she explained. “There comes a time in life when we need to reinvest in taking care of ourselves rather than focussing on making other people happy, and I feel like now is the time t begin that process. So after much consideration and with a heavy heart, I’m announcing I’m leaving Little Mix. 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 me.”
She later opened up about the decision further while speaking to Cosmopolitan UK.
“I constantly compared myself to the others. Of course, a lot of that was in my head, but a lot of it was past trauma,” she admitted. “Even recently, I was still getting compared to them. It’s horrible when you already don’t like something about yourself to then have thousands of people point it out. Now I feel like me. When I look back [at my time] in the band, I genuinely wasn’t me. I can’t believe how miserable I was.”
The 30-year-old added, “I didn’t know that I could be this happy. I thought when I was in the group that it was just normal to feel that way. And because I’d felt like that for 10 years, I just thought, ‘This is life.’ Since I’ve left, I feel free. I don’t wake up with anxiety, thinking, ‘I’ve got to do a music video today, I need to starve myself.’ Or, ‘I need to go on an extreme diet so I can look like the other three.’ That was consuming me.”
How Did The Other Girls React?
After the news hit the web, Edwards, Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall were nothing but supportive of her decision. They wrote on Instagram at the time, “After an amazing nine 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.”
What Do We Know About Jesy Nelson’s Solo Career?
A few months after leaving the band, Nelson announced that she was working on some solo music. And now, her debut single, “Boyz Ft. Nicki Minaj,” is set to come out on October 8, 2021. She revealed about the upcoming track, “This single is amazing. I’m so excited for everyone to hear it. It’s ballsy, it’s honest and it’s me all over.”
And while some fans were super excited that Nelson is releasing new music, others are not here for it. Why? Well, when she announced she was leaving the band in December 2020, she claimed it was because she needed a break from the industry to focus on her wellbeing, not to make music on her own.
One fan wrote on Twitter when she was first spotted in the studio, “I really don’t want to hear Jesy’s solo music right now. She JUST left the group at the height of their success because being in a group was too much pressure, but turned around and booked studio time v quickly.”
“Can’t help feelin’ funny ab Jesy going solo, if she’d have just said it originally I’d feel a lot better ab it but I can’t help feeling [mental health] was kinda a cover up and I didn’t expect it from her. Maybe I’m reading it wrong, she did say pressures of a girlband but idk just makes me sad,” another fan tweeted, with a third adding, “I’m not mad at Jesy for doing solo music. I’m happy that one day I’ll be able to hear her voice again. I’m just sad it’s not with the other girls because she brings so much vocally to the group. It won’t sound the same without her and I’m sad about that.”