Jesy Nelson shocked many when she announced she was cutting loose from her Little Mix bandmates in December.
And now, the 29-year-old, who recently confirmed she is embarking on a career as a solo star, has broken her silence, during an interview with Cosmopolitan, on her reasons for walking away from Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall.
During the chat – in which Wings singer Jesy pinpointed the exact moment that led to her deciding to leave the band – the former X Factor contestant refused to discuss her ex-bandmates but hinted at tension building in the weeks prior to her quitting the chart-topping group.
The singer shared on what it was like being compared to her fellow Little Mix stars for nearly ten years and how now she no longer has “to worry” about pleasing others as she goes out on her own.
Jesy shared: “I don't have to worry about having a music video or doing an interview wearing an outfit that I don't want to wear because three other girls want to wear it.”
Suggesting that things were not always rosy, she continued: “I felt like I was coming into an environment, sometimes, where people didn't want me to be there.”
Admitting that she was “down” at times and that led to awkward moments, she continued: “Sometimes I wasn't a positive energy because I was so down. When you feel that way anyway, to be around certain people on my team that didn't want me there was hard.”
Elsewhere in the interview with the publication, Jesy added that for years she has been worried about “letting people down” when she should have been focused on her own happiness which led to her knowing she needed to hang up her Little Mix hat to protect her mental health.
The star announced her departure from Little Mix on December 14 and said she needed to leave the band to take her life in a different direction.
In an emotional statement, the Black Magic musician said she needed to do the right thing for herself and say goodbye.
“I find the constant pressure of being in a girl group and living up to expectations very hard,” she revealed.
“I need to spend some time with the people I love, doing things that make me happy.”
She added it has all “taken a toll on my mental health” in a heartbreaking announcement.
The remaining Little Mix band members said: “We know that Jesy leaving the group is going to be really upsetting news for our fans.
“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.”
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In March, Jesy revealed that she is looking ahead as she embarks on a solo career after leaving Little Mix.
The songstress announced that signed a deal with the global management firm YMU following speculation that she was preparing to storm the charts on her own.
In a statement, the star revealed that she can’t wait to embark on her “next chapter” but did not go into detail about her plans.
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In the note seen by Music Week, Jesy said: “I am so excited to join YMU and can’t wait to start my next chapter.”
Proving that YMU are extremely proud to have bagged the Wings hitmaker, Mary Bekhait, group CEO of YMU, added: “Jesy has enjoyed incredible success as a recording artist and performer and is well placed to further her remarkable career.
“She is a hugely talented, versatile and authentic artist with a strong creative vision, and we are looking forward to helping her realise that.”
*The June issue of Cosmopolitan is on sale from 6th May
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