Jesy Nelson has announced that she has reached the « breaking point » and has decided to leave Little Mix while filming the video for her hit Sweet Melody.
The 29-year-old singer quit the group formed by X Factor in December after nine years, saying the starring role « put a strain on her mental health. »
Her former bandmates Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards expressed their support and later resigned indicated that they would continue to record and perform as a trio.
In an interview and cover shoot with Cosmopolitan Magazine, Nelson recalled putting « enormous » pressure on herself after being with her family exercised herself to lose weight before the shoot.
She had a panic attack on set because she didn’t like the look, which led her to decide to leave the group.
Swe et Melody later became Little Mix’s fifth number one single and finale with Nelson as part of the group.
She said, “The last music video we made was the breakpoint. We were locked out and (that was) the first time that I could take a break and be at home with people I love.
« It was the happiest thing I’ve ever felt, and I’ve only ever felt it noticed when I went back to work. I immediately became a different person. I was scared. Whenever we had a music video, I put tremendous pressure on myself to try to lose weight.
« Me I’m afraid to look back at the camera. If I don’t like what I see, I find it so difficult to be in front of the camera and feel and perform great.
« I was locked out and put on a bit of weight, but I didn’t care. And (then) they said, » You have a music video in a couple of weeks, « and I panicked. I was on this extreme diet bloody jolts and tried to eat as little as possible.
« On the day of the Sweet Melody video, I had a panic attack on set because I didn’t look the way I wanted to look and it was so difficult for me to just to be happy and enjoy myself. I looked at the other three and they had the time of their lives.
“I get so jealous because I feel this way and I want to enjoy it, because music is my passion. I knew it was not normal to have this dream and not enjoy it because this is how I look. «
Nelson said there was one in the Sweet Melody video where she showed up because she was » sobbing « in the locker room.
« I thought to myself, » I have to take care of myself now because that’s not healthy. «
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« It wasn’t nice for the other three to be with someone who didn’t want to be there. So I took a break. »
Little Mix was founded in 2011 on The X Factor and has grown developed into one of the best-selling girl bands in the country.
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