Jesy Nelson reveals the ‘breaking point’ that really drove her to quit Little Mix

The singer quit the band last year after almost a decade

Jesy Nelson real reason quit Little Mix

by Daisy Hall |
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We were all shocked when Little Mix announced Jesy Nelson’s decision to leave the band back in December, but it seems that this eventuality had been brewing for a while.

In her first interview since her departure, Jesy revealed the specific moment that she realised that she needed to take a break from the band was when they were filming a music video for their single Sweet Melody.

She told Cosmopolitan, “There’s a scene in Sweet Melody I’m not in because that’s when I had a panic attack and broke down. I was like, ‘I just want to go home.’ I was sobbing in the dressing room.

"Someone really close to me said, ‘This has got to stop. You can’t keep doing this to yourself. You’re going to end up where you were before. For me that was the pinnacle point. I was like, ‘I need to start taking care of myself now because this isn’t healthy.’"

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Niall Horan - One Direction

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Camila Cabello - Fifth Harmony

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Jesy continued, "It wasn’t nice for the other three to be around someone who didn’t want to be there, so I took a break. For so long I worried about other people and letting people down. The only person I should have been trying to make happy was myself and I wasn’t doing that. I needed to do it for my mental health because I know I would have ended up back where I was five years ago, and that’s scary…

“The last music video we did was the breaking point. We’d been in lockdown, and it was 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.”

In Jesy’s BBC Three documentary Odd One Out, she revealed that bullying on social media about her appearance and weight led to a suicide attempt in 2013, highlighting how she has been struggling with her mental health for a while.

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Jesy’s former bandmate Leigh-Anne Pinnock recently revealed that she and her fiancé Andre Gray were expecting their first child.

Alongside a series of INCREDIBLE photos of Leigh-Anne and Andre cradling her baby bump, the singer wrote on Instagram, “We've dreamed about this moment for so long and we can't believe the dream is finally coming true... we can't wait to meet you ❤️😍.”

Leigh-Anne hasn’t yet revealed when she’s due to give birth, nor the gender of her unborn child but here’s hoping they have her vocal prowess.

Leigh-Anne’s fans and friends were quick to congratulate her including her Little Mix bandmate Jade who said, “ 😭😭😭😭😭 love you so much 💚 look at this family 🥺😭💚💫.”

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