Jesy Nelson Opens Up About Solo Music & Feeling “Free” After Leaving Little Mix

Published: Tuesday 4th May 2021 by Sam

Jesy Nelson is speaking up about life after leaving Little Mix.

The performer shocked the music industry and fans alike when she announced her departure from the Pop ensemble after almost ten years last December.

At the time, she cited the reason as being the pressures of being in a girl band and the toll it took on her mental health.

Now, in her first major interview since exiting, the 29-year-old covers Cosmopolitan and doubles down on her stance. She expands in earnest on what led to her break-away from one of the most successful groups of all time.

Nelson also opened up about her solo plans.

Pics and quotes below…

On Her Current State Of Mind

 “It’s the weirdest feeling for me. I feel like I’m going to get upset. I didn’t know that I could be this happy. I thought when I was in the group that it was just normal to feel that way. And because I’d felt like that for 10 years, I just thought, “This is life.” Since I’ve left, I feel free. I don’t wakeup with anxiety, thinking, “I’ve got to do a music video today, I need to starve myself.” Or, “I need to go on an extreme diet so I can look like the other three.” That was consuming me.

I constantly compared myself to the others. Of course, a lot of that was in my head, but a lot of it was past trauma. Even recently, I was still getting compared to them. It’s horrible when you already don’t like something about yourself to then have thousands of people point it out. Now I feel like me. When I look back [at my time] in theband, I genuinely wasn’t me. I can’t believe how miserable I was.”

On What Led To Her Leaving Little Mix:

“The last music video we did [Sweet Melody] was the breaking point. We’d been in lockdown, and [that had been] the first time I could have a break and be at home around people that I love. It was the happiest I’d ever felt, and I didn’t realise that until I went back to work. I immediately became a different person. I had anxiety. Whenever we had a music video, I put an enormous amount of pressure on myself to try and lose weight. I have a fear of looking back on the camera. If I don’t like what I see, I find it so hard to be in front of the camera and feel amazing and perform.

I’d been in lockdown, and I’d put on a bit of weight but I didn’t care. And [then] they said, “You’ve got a music video in a couple of weeks,” and I just panicked. I went on this extreme diet, with bloody shakes, 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 how I wanted to look and I found it so hard to just be happy and enjoy myself. I looked at the other three and they were having the time of their life.

I get so jealous, because I want to feel like that and enjoy it, because music is my passion. To have this dream and not be enjoying it because of what I look like, I knew wasn’t normal.”


“There’s a scene in Sweet Melody I’m not in, because that’s when I had a panic attack and broke down. I was like,”I just want to go home.” I was sobbing in the dressing room. Someone really close to me said, “This has got to stop. You can’t keep doing this to yourself. You’re going to end up where you were before.”

For me, that was the pinnacle point. I was like, “I need to start taking care of myself now, because this isn’t healthy.” It wasn’t nice for the other three to be around someone who didn’t want to be there. So I took a break. I went through a really dark time after the music video. My mum said, “This has got to stop now. I have seen you suffer too much. This has been 10 years of your life.”

For so long, I worried about others and letting people down. The only person I should have been trying to make happy was myself, and I wasn’t doing that. I needed to do it for my mental health, because I know I would have ended up back where I was five years ago, and that’s scary.

On Her Solo Plans:

“Music is my life. It’s so powerful for me. I’m in the studio just having fun. I loved the music I made with Little Mix, but it wasn’t the kind of music I listen to. It just feels so nice to be making music that I love. I don’t know when I’m going to bring it out. I feel really content and happy. It’s the weirdest, best feeling in the world.”

On Those Of Her Pushing On With A Solo Career:

“I feel like there have been a few people who don’t understand why I left Little Mix, but am now in the studio making music. A lot of people said,“I thought you came out of the band to focus on your mental health?” I never said when I put out my statement that I was coming out of the band to never be in the public eye or perform again, or do music. I said  was coming out of the band because I genuinely couldn’t deal with the pressure of being in a girl band.

For people to think that I would just stop working completely is crazy, because[for] me, working on my mental health is going to the studio, and creating music that I love. That’s what clears my head and makes me happy. It’s good for my mental health. I couldn’t deal with the pressure of being in the girl group. It wasn’t that I couldn’t deal with the pressure of being in the spotlight. I was constantly compared to three other girls and
that mentally drove me to a really dark place, and I couldn’t put myself through that any more.

I need to do things that make me happy now, and people might think that’s selfish, but sometimes in life you have to put yourself first, you have to love yourself, and do what makes you happy.”


Very insightful. A lot more candid than we were perhaps expecting. Refreshingly so.

With that, what are…

Your thoughts?

[Photo Credit: Cosmopolitan / Matthew Eades]

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  1. Normani Stan May 4, 2021

    She’s fat and ugly. I don’t see success in her future.

    • Truth Tea May 4, 2021

      Lizzie is doing fine. We both f$&?ed your mom last night you self-loathing troll. Go starve yourself, Jessie will be happy and fine.

    • Truth Tea May 4, 2021

      Fat and ugly? Lizzie is doing fine. We both f$&?ed your mom last night you self-loathing troll. Go starve yourself, Jessie will be happy and fine.

    • Clarkson Stan May 4, 2021

      I bet her album will drop before normani LMAO

      • MIXERFORLIFE May 5, 2021

        wtf does this have anything to do with Normani lmfao 🤣 why does everyone drag her into every post

    • MIXERFORLIFE May 5, 2021

      first of all, Jesy is NOT fat OR ugly….. second of all, wtf does her weight have anything to do with whether she’s gonna be successful??? you trolling her is only proving ur insecure and have no life lmfao 🤣 😬 😂

  2. Shayla Queen 👑 May 4, 2021

    She’s a b*****. Who is so ungrateful to be in such a position and moan and cry the entire damn time and make the other three girls feel like the last ten years were awful for you because YOU didn’t feel comfortable with how YOU looked. Are they supposed to feel guilty because they were slimmer and having more fun than you? B***** maybe stop EATING so damn much! It shows how good a life you had that your plate was always full! There are starving children in Africa with NO FOOD and no clean water yet you’re moaning that YOU had TOO MUCH?! Ugh! B***** the ungratefulness!

    • MIXERFORLIFE May 5, 2021

      @Shayla Queen wtf is your problem?? troll. clearly u dont know wtf youre talking about because Jesy CLEARLY said that she’d never had a problem with the way she looked before the trolls (b****** like you) decided to make her life hell by CONSTANTLY calling her fat and saying she wasnt as good as the other three. get a life and grow up. Also, kind of racist of you to generalise “Africa”…. hun that’s a continent not a country go back to school. maybe you can learn some manners there as well.

  3. truthteller May 4, 2021

    I called this when she quit the band and the Mixers wailed how I was wrong. All the clichés are there, “I feel free” and “you have to love yourself”. This is the beginning. She will be saying the other three didn’t support her next. Mark my words.

    • Shayla Queen 👑 May 4, 2021


    • MIXERFORLIFE May 5, 2021

      i thought you hatef her AND little mix? lol this proves you have no life if youre gonna come back every f****** time and spew some s*** about Jesy and the girls. no one likes a hater cos youre proving ur own insecurity.

  4. 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) May 4, 2021

    Nasty h o e 💅🏿💅🏿 FOH

    • MIXERFORLIFE May 5, 2021

      you talking about yourself again hun?? lmfao at least we agree on something 🤣 😂 😬 😂

  5. Coraline May 4, 2021

    She is facially challenge. She looks like a bloated bratz Doll in the face. However she isn’t fat. She looks like the average sized girl. Her initial statement after leaving the band made it seem like she became disillusioned with the industry period. Like she needed time away for these ale of her mental health. Now she’s making it seem like just she hated her time in the group. Which one is it sis????

    • MIXERFORLIFE May 5, 2021

      FOR THE LAST F****** TIME SHE LEFT THE GROUP BECAUSE SHE WAS SICK OF CONSTANTLY BEING COMPARED TO THE OTHER GIRLS!!! Jesy wanted time to decide what to do next, whether that was singing, or just staying out of the public eye. Shes happy because *most* people are no longer comparing her to Jade Leigh and Perrie as she no longer identifies as a member of Little Mix. GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT AND P*** OFF B****

  6. Alex May 4, 2021

    Lol Farah franklin 0.2.

  7. Kev May 4, 2021

    Love love love little mix and Jesy’s parts were always my favorites, her voice is so beautiful, rare, etc but something doesn’t sit well with me with her attitude idk maybe it’s just me being salty lol

  8. Drink my b**** juice May 5, 2021

    Tgj comment section is so miserable amd toxic. I dont even read the comments anymore.

    • MIXERFORLIFE May 5, 2021

      i know. haters like this make me sick. and the thing is they’re all the same people who “apparently” hate her but keep coming back. its sad how toxic people can be.

    • ABEL May 5, 2021

      Agree with you. Tired of these trolls.

  9. MIXERFORLIFE May 5, 2021

    I love Jesy and Little Mix and it makes me so sad reading all these hate comments. i cant imagine having to put up with this s*** for ten years. Jesy is a brave and strong woman and deserves better. 🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️

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