Little Mix reveal their future plans without Jesy Nelson after she quits over her mental health battle

LITTLE Mix have given a glimpse into what a post-Jesy Nelson future will look like for the band.

The iconic pop group have pledged to continue as a three-piece following the vocalist's shock decision to quit.

Jesy took to her Instagram page on Monday to post an emotional message, revealing she left as nine years in the band "took a toll on her mental health," and being in a girl group sparked "constant" pressure.

The band, while hugely supportive, insisted "we're not ready for it to be over" as they pledged to continue.

Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards, and Jade Thirlwall wrote: "After an amazing 9 years together Jesy has made the decision to leave Little Mix. This is an incredibly sad time for all of us but we are fully supportive of Jesy.

"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. We are still very much enjoying our Little Mix journey and the 3 of us are not ready for it to be over.

"We know that Jesy leaving the group is going to be really upsetting news for our fans. We love you guys so much and are so grateful for your loyalty and continued support of all of us."

They poignantly signed off the message: "We’re looking forward to seeing so many of you on tour."

This means they'll still hit the road for their Confetti tour, based on their album of the same name, in 2021.

The UK and Ireland arena tour will begin on April 28 in Dublin, and round off on May 29 at Manchester's AO Arena.

Last month, The Sun confirmed that Little Mix planned to go ahead with their 2021 tour "with or without" Jesy.

A source explained at the time: "They still have a tour scheduled to start in April next year, and even if that is delayed because of Covid, as is quite likely, they will still complete it.

“That will happen either with or without Jesy, who is taking some time out for as long as she feels she needs or wants to."

Meanwhile, fans have urged the pop band – the first ever to win The X Factor in 2011 – to continue amid the album's latest success.

They were left fearing the worst when Jesy released her heart-wrenching statement on Instagram, suggesting her departure mirrored those of 1D and the Spice Girls.

Just five months after Zayn Malik's announcement he was leaving the boyband, One Direction broke fans' hearts as they told them the band was going on "hiatus".

Then in the 1998, Geri Horner – then Halliwell – revealed she was leaving the Spice Girls due to depression and her differences with the group.

Just two years later, the Spice Girls announced their split.

One fan said: "I know a lot of people don’t want to hear this but the exact same thing happened with other bands like one direction. Look at what happened to them. We will always love you Jesy , perrie, jade and Leigh-Anne #LittleMix #jesy"

Another fan put Zayn's statement beside Jesy's and wrote: "Pls Little Mix don't go on a hiatus I will not handle that once again"

In November, Little Mix became the most successful group in UK history as their single Sweet Melody topped the chart.

It marked the band's sixth Number One single – more than any other on The Big Top 40 by an artist or band – with their success set to continue in 2021, abeit with a slightly different look.

On Monday, Jesy said that she made the decision to leave Little Mix with a "heavy heart" in her lengthy Instagram post, insisting the past nine years had been the "most incredible time" of her life.

She continued: "I can't thank you all enough from the bottom of my heart for making me feel like the luckiest girl in the world.

"You have always been there to support and encourage me and I will never ever forget it.

"The truth is, recently being in the band has really taken a toll on my mental health. I find the constant pressure of being in a girl group and living up to expectations very hard."

Jesy added: "I need to spend some time with the people I love, doing things that make me happy.

"I'm ready to embark on a new chapter in my life – I'm not sure what it's going to look like right now, but I hope you'll still be there to support me."

The star went on to thank her bandmates, writing: "Most of all I want to say thank you to Jade, Perrie and Leigh-Anne for creating some of the most amazing memories I'll never forget. I hope that you'll continue to fulfil all of your dreams and keep making music that people love."

In November, a Little Mix rep confirmed that Jesy was taking "extended time off" for "private medical reasons".



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