Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson said she ‘needed time off’ from the band a WEEK before it was revealed she was taking an ‘extended break’… amid claims they’re ‘making plans to go solo’
- Jesy, 29, said a break from the band was ‘needed’ in an interview with YOU Magazine last week, adding: ‘We’re never not with each other’
- It comes following reports the band are making secret plans to go solo in 2021 when their existing record deal ends
- Jesy is also reportedly planning a solo career following her ‘extended break’
- On Tuesday a representative for Little Mix announced Jesy was taking ‘an extended break’ from the band due to ‘private medical reasons’
- The singer recently missed hosting the MTV EMAs and The Search finale
- A rep at the time said Jesy was forced to miss both events as she was ‘unwell’
Little Mix‘s Jesy Nelson revealed she ‘needed time off’ from the band just a week before announcing she was taking ‘an extended break.’
On Tuesday Little Mix’s representative announced Jesy was taking an ‘an extended break’ from the band due to ‘private medical reasons,’ with sources since claiming the group are making secret plans to pursue solo careers in 2021.
Hint: Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson, 29, revealed she ‘needed time off’ from the band just a week before announcing she was taking ‘an extended break’
Jesy told the publication that she and the rest of the band needed some time apart after being holed up at home in lockdown, only reuniting to being promoting their sixth album Confetti and their BBC series The Search.
She said: ‘It was needed. We’re never not with each other and we’re always busy. Our mornings start early, we finish really late.’
It comes following reports on Wednesday that Little Mix are reportedly planning to pursue a solo career, following news of Jesy’s ‘extended break.’
Separated: In an interview published on November 8, the singer said the group needed a break in lockdown as they were ‘never not with each other’ due to their busy schedules
Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall are set to launching solo careers next year at the end of their existing record deal, it has been claimed.
They are said to have been secretly meeting with industry bosses as well as new managers and agents while Jesy also plans to kick start a solo career when she is feeling better.
The Sun reported that Perrie, 27, and Jade, 27, are both looking at solo music projects while Leigh-Anne, 29, is eyeing up TV opportunities.
Future: It comes following reports on Wednesday that Little Mix are reportedly planning to pursue a solo career, following news of Jesy’s ‘extended break’
A source said: ‘The girls have been open and honest with each other, and with their current management team.
‘They have started discussions with some prospective managers and agents about what their solo careers might look like.
‘Some of the girls might end up taking on solo projects with their current management team too. But this isn’t about ending the band, it’s about looking to the future.’
The source added that the group still have a tour to complete next April and will see it through, even if it is delayed due to Covid-19.
The insider also said the ladies are trying to emulate Take That, where each member drifts out to work on their own projects but come back together at different times.
Going it alone: Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall are planning on launching solo careers next year at the end of their existing deal, it’s been claimed
They also claimed there is no ‘bad blood’ between the group and they are all supportive of each other’s wishes to go solo.
MailOnline contacted representatives for Little Mix for comment at the time.
On Wednesday’s Jesy’s bandmate Jade took to Instagram to share a cryptic message following news of her break from the group.
Taking to her Instagram Story in a now-deleted post, Jade shared a handwritten quote from her Rizzle Kicks boyfriend Jordan Stephens, 28.
It read: ‘It rarely feels like it, but the pain eases. It fades. It flashes. It curls like the first bit of butter. Melts on the toast. Compliments the heaviness.
‘… Tells you nasty stories. Reminds you of itself. Tricks you into not treating others like you wish you could. Tries to leave. Pretends to leave…
‘The deepest cuts are the best ones on the album. They don’t ask for approval. Take longer to love. Pain’s a pallet cleanser. A ticket out of delusion.
‘It’s hard when you’re in it but we learn. We grow. It fades. It flashes.’
‘It rarely feels like it, but the pain eases’: On Wednesday’s Jesy’s bandmate Jade took to Instagram to share a cryptic message following news of her break from the group
Emotive: The now-deleted post had originally been shared by Jade’s Rizzle Kicks boyfriend Jordan Stephens, 28
Jade captioned the post with a series of emojis, including a pen, one shooting star, and a blue heart.
On Tuesday Little Mix’s representative announced Jesy would be taking an ‘extended break’ from the band due to ‘private medical reasons.’
A representative for the band said: ‘Jesy is having extended time off from Little Mix for private medical reasons.
‘We will not be issuing any further comment currently and ask media to please respect her privacy at this time.’
Since then, heartbroken Little Mix fans have flooded social media with messages of support for Jesy, voicing their concern for her well-being.
A large portion of Twitter users batted away any suggestions that the girls are pegged to break-up, while others branded Jesy, 29, ‘an inspiration’.
Time away: On Tuesday Little Mix’s representative announced Jesy would be taking an ‘extended break’ from the band due to ‘private medical reasons’
Jesy’s break comes following great success for Little Mix, with both their brand new album ‘Confetti’ as well as their talent show Little Mix: The Search, which saw them put together a number of bands who competed against one another to win a place support the girl group on their UK and Ireland tour next year.
Jesy has been a member of the girl band since their formation on The X Factor in 2011, alongside Perrie, Jade and Leigh-Anne.
Two weeks ago Jesy was forced to pull out of the finals of Little Mix: The Search, after falling ill.
The pop starlet was due to appear on the grand finale of the competition, but a statement released just hours before the live show revealed that she was unwell.
She was also unable to host the MTV EMAs, or perform alongside her bandmates as planned.
A statement released to MailOnline read: ‘Jesy is unwell and will not be appearing on tonight’s final of Little Mix The Search.
‘She will also not be hosting or performing at tomorrow’s MTV EMA’s.
The Little Mix girls had been due to host the 27th edition of one of the biggest nights in global music – the 2020 MTV EMAs – on November 8.
The band – who have been nominated for Best Pop, Best Group and Best Virtual Live, previously announced their gig on Instagram, saying ‘IT’S HAPPENING!
Pulled out: Jesy was due to appear on the grand finale of Little Mix: The Search earlier this month, but a statement released just hours before the live show revealed that she is unwell
Pals: She also pulled out of hosting the MTV EMAs with her bandmates on November 8, leaving, Leigh-Anne, Perrie and Jade to present without her
‘We are SO excited to announce that we’re going to be hosting the @mtvema’s on November 8th. This is gonna be so much fun!’
The rest of the band appeared without Jesy to decide the winner of the first series of their show.
Jesy last posted on her Instagram page on October 31 where she shared a snap of herself dressed up for Halloween.
The media personality confirmed her romance with Our Girl actor boyfriend Sean Sagar, 30, after first being linked in July earlier this year.
Little Mix are slated to head on tour in April next year with their new album Confetti, but it is currently unclear whether Jesy plans to rejoin the group by then.
It is also thought that the band’s dates may also be delayed depending on Covid-19 restrictions nearer the time the tour is due to kick off.
Little Mix were crowned the winners of The X Factor in 2011 when they become the first band to ever win the show in its history.
The girls shot to stardom with their first single Wings, before topping the charts with Black Magic and Shout Out To My Ex.
Last posted: Jesy last posted on her Instagram page on October 31 where she shared a snap of herself dressed up for Halloween
They recently released their sixth studio album, Confetti, which includes current hit Sweet Melody.
They were signed to Simon Cowell’s record label Syco until November 2018 when they switched to rival label RCA.
Leigh-Anne said at the time: ‘We were with Syco for seven years and had an incredible journey but it’s going to be nice to change it up.’
Elsewhere, Jesy has won praise for her groundbreaking TV documentary Odd One Out, which addressed her struggles with online bullying and body image.
She talked in depth for the first time about how trolls, who mocked her over her looks and weight, triggered her into attempting to take her own life in 2013.
Love life: The media personality confirmed her romance with boyfriend Sean Sagar, 30, after first being linked in July earlier this year (pictured with Sean)
After the documentary aired, social media was awash with demands from fans to have the programme shown in schools to help educate youths.
At the start of the show, Jesy’s mum Janice said: ‘I know it might seem strange to say but if I could have back my Jess as I had her before I would change it like that.
‘I miss her. I just feel like I’ve lost Jess to social media and she’s addicted to what people are saying.’
Jesy then described how trolling over her looks began on The X Factor, where they labelled her the ‘fat one’ in the band.
The singer went onto tearfully reveal at the height of her bullying in 2013 that she starved herself for four days as she prepared to return to the show.
‘When I had lost quite a bit of weight we were going back on the X Factor and I didn’t give a s**t about whether our performance would be good,’ she said.
‘All I cared about was people seeing me and saying ‘she’s lost weight’.’
Heartbreaking: Elsewhere, Jesy has won praise for her groundbreaking TV documentary Odd One Out, which addressed her struggles with online bullying and body image
But Jesy was left heartbroken after she was inundated with taunts over her weight, saying her ‘face was deformed’ or comparing her looks to ET and Miss Piggy following the performance.
It was then, Jesy tried to commit suicide.
Breaking down in tears, Jesy said: ‘I just remember thinking, ‘I just need this to go away, I’m going to end this’.
‘I remember going to the kitchen and just took as many tablets as I could. Then I laid in bed for ages and kept thinking, ‘Let it happen. Hurry up”.’
To try to heal the deep mental wounds inflicted by online bullies, the Wings hitmaker met with others who had experienced cyber bullying as well as receiving therapy.
During the therapy, Jesy watched a clip from the X Factor for the first time in a bid to help accept herself.
‘I have shut away the old Jesy away for such a long time because I just felt like I needed to be this new Jesy because everyone hated the old Jesy.
Facing her fears: During the therapy sessions in the documentary, Jesy watched for the first time a clip from the X Factor in a bid to help accept herself and also looked at old photos
‘My trauma runs deep and I may not ever really recover properly. I don’t think I will be ever the same again but I do think I’m getting better.’
Discussing the impact the trolling had on her, Jesy told Glamour: ‘I just wanted to be Jesy. I didn’t want to be Jesy the fat one. I wanted people to see me as normal, so I punished myself. I starved myself.
‘If I did eat, I hated myself, I’d punish myself and make sure I didn’t eat for four days. It was horrible, a vicious circle.’
Jesy also confessed that the negative comments about her face hurt more than the fat jibes, admitting: ‘I got used to people calling me fat because I was like whatever I’ve seen it so much.
‘People started going in on what my face looked like with memes and people would chop my head off in group photos and replace it with a monster or ET or a sloth.
‘I became a joke to everyone, and it really knocked my confidence. I never experienced anything like it in my life.’
She went on to say that once the comments came rolling in, it became one of the ‘worst times’ of her life.
She said that being labelled the ‘fat, ugly one’ completely ‘consumed every part of me’ as the trolling took its toll.
Traumatised: She said: ‘My trauma runs deep and I may not ever really recover properly. I don’t think I will be ever the same again but i do think I’m getting better’
Speaking further about reading comments about herself, Jesy revealed to the Guardian that at the time, she had become obsessed with reading the cruel taunts online.
‘I had a routine of waking up, going on Twitter, searching for the worst things I could about myself,’ she explained. ‘I’d type in the search bar: ‘Jesy fat’, or ‘Jesy ugly’, and see what would come up.
‘Sometimes I didn’t even need to do that, I’d just write ‘Jesy’ and then I’d see all the horrible things. Everyone told me to ignore it – but it was like an addiction.’
In the interview, she went on to say that as Little Mix’s fame soared, the pressure for her to look good affected her health, causing her to starve herself.
Jesy said: ‘I’d starve myself… I’d drink Diet Coke for a solid four days and then, when I felt a bit dizzy, I’d eat a pack of ham because I knew it had no calories. Then I’d binge eat, then hate myself.’
The starlet went on to recall how she’d avoid events that she’s be photographed and dreaded photo shoots, adding that on one occasion where the stylist had bought the wrong sized clothes, caused her to have a tearful ‘meltdown.’
Stars: Little Mix, consisting of Jesy, Jade, Perrie and Leigh-Anne, rose to fame in 2011 when they were first ever group to be crowned X Factor champions
Songstress: Jesy’s online bullying ordeal began when Little Mix won The X Factor, after being viciously targeted by trolls (pictured 2012)
Jesy has long been candid about her experience with body shaming and trolling over the years, after being viciously targeted when she was a contestant on The X Factor 2011.
She memorably broke down during the competition as she discussed how hard it had been dealing with negative comments from complete strangers.
Speaking in the VT at the time, she said: ‘People are writing a few nasty comments and it has just got to me a little bit.
‘When you’ve got your own insecurities and then when people go and tell you and write them on websites for everyone to see it just makes you feel really rubbish.
‘Being in a girl group with three beautiful girls who are a lot slimmer and smaller than me… and obviously I know I’m a lot bigger. I find it really hard when people publicise it on Twitter.’
The turning point came in February 2014 when, while on Devi Lovato’s tour where the band where a supporting act, Demi’s dancers advised her to delete Twitter, likening it to a book filled with ‘loads of nasty things’.
Little Mix have since gone on to become one of the biggest ever girl group’s in the UK, scoring number one hits including Wings, Black Magic and Shout Out To My Ex.
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Rise to fame: Following their win, Jesy told how the girls were forced to get social media, with the star admitting the move had ‘completely changed her life’ (pictured 2011)