Jesy Nelson has described her heartache over being compared to her former Little Mix bandmates.

The 30-year-old confessed she was “so happy” to have gone solo as she opened up on Fearne Cotton's Happy Place podcast.

The singer left the band last December after feeling “trapped and miserable” and revealed her mental health as the reason behind her departure.

She has now admitted that she often would compare herself to bandmates Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall.

Jesy said: “I would say, 60% of me has, I'll never sit and lie and be like, oh, I'm so happy now, I don't have any insecurities as that's an absolute lie, I still have my insecurities, I still have my struggles…

“I guess the thing that I'm better with now, is that I see little things now when I do a music video, I'm not looking on the camera and thinking, oh my God, I don't look as skinny as Jade, Anne and Perrie…

“And that's what I did every single day, and for the first time ever, I did my music video and I enjoyed it. I absolutely loved it and I was like, this is the feeling I should have had the whole time.’

“And some people were not supportive of that, and some people are and I'm okay with that. Also, it wasn't nice for Jade, Anne and Perrie to be around when I was so down, they we're living their dream and I wasn’t…

“I felt very miserable and trapped and I knew that, that wasn't right.’

She went on to explain her decision to go solo saying: "To be compared every single day to three other girls was draining, and I couldn't deal with that anymore…

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“And I think a lot of people have misconstrued what I meant in my statement, they're like oh, so now she's going solo. I never said in my statement, I'm coming out of the music industry, I'm not going to do music anymore…"

Jesy said that lockdown helped her to come to the decision to leave.

She said: “We never had time to just be by ourselves and the only time I had that was lockdown, and for me, that was when I realised: Okay, this isn't for me anymore…

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“And it sounds crazy, because obviously we were in a pandemic and there was awful things going on, but it was the first time I'd felt true peace and happiness, that I hadn't felt in such a long time.”

Jesy is releasing her debut solo single Boyz this Friday at 6pm.

Talking about her solo work she said: “It was just really nice, writing songs about experiences that I've been through…."

She added: “And I was going through a breakup at the time as well so when I was in the shoot, I've honestly wrote some really bloody good songs because of it. So yeah. But it really is like therapy and I love it so much.”

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