If there’s one thing that we’ve learned about girl groups, it’s that they all eventually go their separate ways. Little Mix might be heading in that direction since Jesy Nelson announced her departure after almost a decade with the group.
In an official statement announcing her departure, Nelson described the past nine years with Little Mix as the most incredible time of her life. She decided to leave the group due to struggles with mental health and the constant pressure she’s dealt with over the years.
“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,” wrote Nelson on Instagram.
The remaining members of Little Mix, Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, supported Nelson’s decision to do “what is right for her mental health and well-being”. They still intend to keep performing together, and they thanked their fans for their loyalty and continued support during this difficult time.
Little Mix was formed during the eighth season of the British version of The X Factor, and it went on to become one of the most successful acts to come out of this show during the 2010s. They released six studio albums together and won two Brit Awards and six MTV Europe Music Awards.