‘She wants to sever ties and start again’: Jesy Nelson and her former Little Mix bandmates ‘haven’t spoken in MONTHS and have no plans to perform together again’
- Insiders have now claimed the former bandmates – Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards – have not spoken directly for months
- The musician, 29, left the band in December and recently detailed how she felt ‘sad’ and ‘couldn’t deal with the pressure of being in a girlband’
- It was also alleged that Little Mix thought Jesy getting to work on her own solo music so soon after quitting the band felt like ‘a bit of a dig’
- The claims come after Jesy spoke about her exit from the group in a candid interview, released on the same day Leigh-Anne announced her pregnancy
- Little Mix have also spoken about adjusting to being a trio saying they go to therapy together and ‘are each other’s support system… because we’re sisters’
Jesy Nelson and her ex Little Mix bandmates have reportedly not spoken directly in months, with the singer wanting to ‘sever ties’ following her exit from the group.
The musician, 29, left the band in December and recently detailed how she felt ‘sad’ and ‘couldn’t deal with the pressure of being in a girlband’ during her 10-year stint topping the charts with Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards.
And now several insiders have claimed that communications between Jesy and the trio have broken down – with there being no plans for them to perform together at the Brits despite Jesy having been in the band for the period their nod covers.
Claims: Jesy Nelson and her ex Little Mix bandmates have reportedly not been in touch for months, with the singer wanting to ‘sever ties’ following her exit from the group
An insider told The Sun: ‘The plan was always to stay in touch but that just hasn’t happened because Jesy didn’t want it.
‘She wants to sever ties and start again — that seems to be both professionally and personally.’
It is also alleged that Little Mix were shocked at some of what Jesy has said since leaving the band and thought she’d take longer to get back into the studio to launch her solo career, claiming that it has felt like a bit of a ‘dig’.
Not on good terms? It has been claimed that Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards (pictured together) are now only talking with Jesy through a third party
While a third insider added that although it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that Jesy has thrown herself into music as she was a ‘bit of a leader’ in Little Mix, there is now little communication before the four women.
They told the publication: ‘Communication between them has basically broken down now. There are formalities at times via third parties… there’s a clear divide.’
MailOnline has contacted Little Mix and Jesy Nelson’s representatives for further comment.
Little Mix are nominated in the Best British Group category at Tuesday’s Brit awards, however Jesy is not thought to be making plans to join them on the night.
The singer was part of the group in the period that the nomination covers, however it has been claimed that the trio have made tweaks so their performance can go ahead without her.
Candid: Jesy recently detailed how ‘couldn’t deal with the pressure of being in a girlband’ during her 10-year stint in Little Mix (pictured together in the Sweet Melody video)
Timing: The claims also come after some fans speculated that all might not be well due to the timing of Leigh-Anne’s pregnancy announcement – on the same day Jesy’s solo interview with Cosmopolitan came out
The claims also come after some fans speculated that all might not be well within the group due to the timing of Leigh-Anne’s pregnancy announcement.
Leigh-Anne shared the news that she’s expecting her first child with fiancé Andre Gray on Tuesday – the same day that Jesy’s candid interview was published.
Jesy discussed her departure from Little Mix in the interview and voiced fears her mental health could have deteriorated to a fatal point.
Gracing the cover of Cosmopolitan’s June issue, the musician admitted she would have ‘ended up back where I was five years ago’ – following her suicide attempt – if she didn’t leave the band and ‘freed herself’ last December.
The singer also revealed featuring in the video for Sweet Melody marked her ‘breaking point’.
In 2019, Jesy bravely shared that she once tried to take her own life after years of relentless trolling, and went on to produce her award-winning BBC documentary, Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out, which detailed her struggles in the spotlight.
‘A dig’: Another source alleged that Little Mix thought Jesy would take longer to get back into the studio to launch her solo career, claiming that it has felt like a bit of a ‘dig’
She said: ‘Whenever we have 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.
The artist said she left the set crying, before a close friend advised her to prioritise her mental health.
Jesy explained: ‘I’d been in lockdown, and I’d put on a bit of weight but I didn’t care. And 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.’
Jesy explained that she had a panic attack and ended up sobbing in a dressing room before knowing she had to take a break.
Honest: In 2019, Jesy bravely shared that she once tried to take her own life after years of relentless trolling, and went on to produce her award-winning BBC documentary
Trio: Jade, Leigh-Anne and Perrie are now promoting their new version of Confetti, their first release since Jesy left the band
The singer also addressed why she left Little Mix and her future plans to release solo music during the emotional interview.
She said: ‘I feel like there’s 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, perform again or do music. I said I 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 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.’
Parents-to-be: Jesy’s candid interview came after fellow Mixer Leigh-Anne announced she’s set to welcome a baby with Andre, after the couple announced their engagement last May
Jesy’s candid interview came as fellow Mixer Leigh-Anne announced she’s set to welcome a baby with Andre, after the couple announced their engagement last May.
The High Wycombe native recently praised her footballer partner as her ‘backbone’ and admitted she finds his attitude towards race ‘inspiring’.
Leigh-Anne, 29, said: ‘Andre is like my backbone. If I didn’t have someone like that through this experience, I don’t know what I would have done…
‘We’ve always had amazing talks about [experiencing racism], from when we’ve met. I love how pro-black he is. It’s inspiring for me.’
Little Mix’s Jade also recently gave an insight into the band’s dynamic as she revealed the secret to the group’s success is that they resisted attempts from music bosses to make one member the ‘lead’ singer.
Strong bond: Jade, 28, said in an interview last Saturday that the key to their group dynamic is that they were determined to remain ‘equal’ and weren’t ‘trying to outdo each other’
The British girl group are celebrating 10 years together after forming on the X-Factor in 2011.
And Jade, 28, said in an interview last Saturday that the key to their group dynamic is that they were determined to remain ‘equal’ and weren’t ‘trying to outdo each other’.
In a new interview on the Zach Sang radio show in the US, Jade said: ‘We have always had the same vision together, we always wanted to be equal. Nobody wanted to outshine someone else.
‘The minute that happens in a group dynamic is where the cracks start to show, if someone has a bit more of an ego.
‘We have always been very determined to remain equal even when over the years people on our team, or whoever else, might have suggested otherwise.’
Four become three: The British girl group recently became a trio following Jesy’s (far left) departure in December last year (pictured at the BRIT Awards in 2017)
She continued: ‘It’s been us that has said no, we know it works better, it is healthier for us doing it that way. And it has, it’s got us where we are now.
‘We have the same ambition, have the same agenda and be there for each other without trying to outdo each other.’
The pop group have gone through a number of changes in recent years. They left Simon Cowell’s record label Syco for RCA in 2018, and recently became a trio following Jesy Nelson’s departure in December last year.
Meanwhile, the remaining Little Mix members have been continuing to work on new music since Jesy’s exit and recently dropped their first release – Confetti.
Speaking to Euphoria magazine recently, the trio revealed that they’ve enjoyed adapting to their new normal without Jesy, explaining that they often work through their issues in group therapy.
Moving on: Pop trio, Perrie (centre), Jade (left) and Leigh-Anne discussed the release of their eagerly-awaited track, Confetti, on social media
Asked how they continued following their former bandmate’s shock departure, Jade shared: ‘It’s still all systems go in Little Mix world. It’s just learning to adapt. I think it’s quite exciting.’
Discussing the success of their hit Sweet Melody in January, she continued: ‘We got off to a good start as a three by having our No. 1 single in the UK.
‘That was like, “Oh wow, this is a good sign, good omen, that this year is going to be good for us.”‘
Despite the shift in the dynamic from a quartet to a trio, the group sounded stronger than ever, with Perrie explaining that they know they can rely on one another.
‘We love going to therapy together,’ she admitted. ‘We also have each other, which is huge.
‘We’re each other’s support system in a way because we’re sisters and feel every emotion together. We can always lean on each other.’
Leigh-Anne added that this year has really been about dumping anything toxic from her life and ‘being around people that make you feel good and that bring something positive into your life.’
The trio have recently released offirst single without Jesy, a remix of their hit single Confetti, which features American rapper Saweetie, and upon its release – soared to the top of the UK iTunes chart.
The June issue of Cosmopolitan is on sale from 6 May.
Back with a bang: Little Mix transformed into bearded men as they starred for the first time as a trio in their new Confetti music video after Jesy Nelson left band in December
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