Former Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson has spoken about her relationship with her three former bandmates.
After Jesy took a break from the group at the end of last year for unspecified health reasons, she finally made the decision to leave Little Mix in December 2020.
At that time she wrote on Instagram: “The truth is that being in the band lately has really taken a toll on my mental health. I find the constant pressure to be in a girl group and to live up to expectations very difficult.
“There comes a time in life when we need to reinvest in taking care of ourselves instead of focusing on making other people happy, and I feel like now is the time to begin that process.”
Karwai Tang via Getty ImagesJesy Nelson at the 2019 Brit Awards
Now preparing for the release of her debut solo single, Jesy has given The Guardian a new interview in which she talks about a variety of personal topics.
That includes her relationship with her former bandmates amid tabloid rumors suggesting that things have gotten frosty between the four singers in recent months.
However, she insists that she still loves Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, even though they haven’t had as much contact since Jesy’s departure.
When asked if she thinks Little Mix will last much longer as a threesome, she told the news agency: “I think they’ll take care of their babies, go out for a while and do their own things, and then make a comeback together.
“I think you are as sick as three. They still do it for girl power. I still love her to pieces. They were like my sisters. “
Karwai Tang via Getty ImagesLittle Mix stars Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards
When asked if they are still in contact, she replied, “No, not that much. Not now. I think we all need time. It’s a big thing that happened. “
To explain what led to her leaving the band, Jesy again referred to feelings of anxiety she experienced on the set of the group’s Sweet Melody music video.
The Guardian article said that she tearfully told them, “I made the music video and I had a panic attack and it was pretty mental that day… I just got back to a really dark place after the video and ended up in the hospital again . Then my mother said: “Not anymore”.
“I had already made up my mind. Then the girls spoke [my mum] and said, ‘We think Jesy should come out now. She has to take care of herself. “
Jesy agreed to her exit, adding, “I know there are people who think that I have let the other girls down and that I am so selfish, but I think there comes a time in life when one is selfish have to be and take care of myself, and it really influenced me mentally. “
David M. Benett via Getty ImagesJesy pictured with her Little Mix bandmates
Jesy is now preparing to release her first solo single, which is said to include Nicki Minaj, with whom Little Mix previously worked on the track Woman Like Me.
Last week Jesy said of her solo project: “This is the music I’ve always wanted to make. I don’t think anyone expects that. This is the new chapter for me. “
Meanwhile, Little Mix will release their first greatest hits collection in November, which will include five new tracks in addition to four of their five chart top singles.