Jesy Nelson had 'no control' as she opens up about leaving Little Mix

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Little Mix joined Roman Kemp on the Capital Radio Breakfast Show this morning to discuss their new record, Between Us. The band have had a rough year, as their band member Jesy Nelson quit the band back in December 2020 due to mental health issues. Since then, fans have been questioning whether the band will split up. 

The band were asked if they were on the cusp of breaking up. Jade Thirlwall responded: “Oh you had to ask! … Look, listen, Little Mix is forever isn’t it.”

Edwards said: “I think no matter what Little Mix do, whether we venture out individually, whatever we do, Little Mix is forever, like Jade said.

“We’ll always stick together, we’ll always tour, we’ll always do things together as a group, because, Little Mix is just, it’s fire.”

Edwards then referenced the absence of Nelson, saying: “And I hate to say it, what we have is something special and we know that, and we know that Little Mix as the three of us is so so strong.”

Edwards confirmed to the radio hosts: “So, we never want that to be over, never ever ever.”

Thirlwall jumped in to add: “Yeah honestly! I want people to be sick of us in 50 years’ time.”

Nelson has been apart from the rest of the band for almost a year at this point, following her decision to leave because of her mental health.

After her exit, she also appeared on Capital Breakfast where she explained: “Do you know what, it’s not even about leaving Little Mix behind because I had the most – we had the most fun. But there was just a lot that came with being in a girl group.”

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Nelson continued: “There was a lot of pressure. I didn’t have control over my life which I really struggled with, but to be in Little Mix and to be in a girl group, you don’t really have a life.

“It’s non-stop work work work, you don’t ever get any days off.”

Despite her quick exit, the remaining three members of the band were not “bitter” about Nelson leaving.

Edwards recently explained: “I think, whether you were expecting it or not, if an individual is feeling a certain way, all you can do is be the support system that they need, you have to just be happy for that.”

Leigh-Anne Pinnock added: “What comes with that sisterhood is that we would always respect what anyone wants to do… You can’t force anyone to want to be in anything.

“Us three are super solid. It’s all about positive vibes, it’s all we want. We’re ready to tackle this year, we have so much amazing things to come.”

Since Nelson’s exit, she has released her own single titled Boyz.

The song hit number four in the UK singles charts, however, it did come with some criticisms.

Nelson was criticised for appropriating Black culture in her music and music video.

She later responded: “The whole time I was in Little Mix I never got any of that. And then I came out of [the band] and people all of a sudden were saying it. I wasn’t on social media around that time, so I let my team [deal with it], because that was when I’d just left.

“But I mean, like, I love Black culture. I love Black music. That’s all I know; it’s what I grew up on. I’m very aware that I’m a white British woman; I’ve never said that I wasn’t.”

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