Jesy Nelson has announced she is leaving girlband Little Mix after nine years.
Her bandmates broke the news on Twitter, and the post was followed by a statement from Jesy, on her own social media.
The news follows an announcement in November that Jesy would be taking an “extended” break for private medical reasons.
In an emotional instagram post, Jesy has said the pressure of being in a girlband and living up to expectations is ‘very hard’.
Her open and honest post 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 that process.
“So after much consideration and with a heavy heart, I’m announcing I’m leaving Little Mix.”
See her full post below.
The band – Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards – announced the news in a string of tweets.
They said: “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 band, who found fame on The X Factor, said: “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. Love always, Jade, Perrie and Leigh-Anne xxx.”
The band had recently released their sixth studio album titled Confetti, their first since departing Simon Cowell’s label Syco.
Little Mix formed on The X Factor in 2011 and have become one of the country’s biggest-selling girl bands.
They auditioned on the ITV singing show as soloists, but were then placed into a group by the judges in the show’s later stages.
They left Syco Music for the RCA label in November 2018.
Cowell later launched another version of The X Factor, called The Band, to rival the girl group’s The Search.
Nelson has previously spoken openly about her battle with anxiety and previously revealed in a BBC documentary called Odd One Out that abuse on social media got so bad she attempted to take her own life.
The programme won her the award for best factual entertainment at the 2020 National Television Awards.
The band are scheduled to embark on a UK tour next year.