Jesy Nelson: ‘My ten years of hell’

The singer opens up about Little Mix

Jesy Nelson unhappy Little Mix

by Katie Holloway |

On the verge of releasing her first-ever solo song, Jesy Nelson has spoken candidly, once again, about her time in Little Mix.

“I don’t think people knew that I was really, truly unhappy for quite a long time, like, ten years of my life,” the 30 year old said on podcast Reign With Josh Smith.

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Jesy – who previously discussed her mental health struggles in her TV documentary Odd One Out – officially left the band in December 2020.

And in the podcast, she admitted people thought she was selfish for quitting the group. “I really didn’t want to upset people and I didn’t want people to think that about me,” she said.

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“But I don’t care any more, because it was ten years of my life that I was very unhappy with. And I needed to take myself out of that and genuinely do what’s going to make me happy. And some people may not understand that, but you live once, and you have to do what makes you happy.”

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The singer said she felt “trapped” in the girl group alongside Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards.

“When it came to little things, like if we had to do a video and everyone had to wear bikinis and I didn’t want to wear a bikini because I felt like sh-t, I couldn’t not,” she explained. “It’s just the little things like that, that would make me feel trapped. And it was just the constant comparison every single day that was hard and that eventually, after ten years, takes a massive toll on your mental health.”

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