‘We couldn’t force her to stay’: Little Mix reveal they haven’t heard Jesy Nelson’s new music and it was ‘a shift’ adjusting to being a trio as they kick off promotions for their new single
Little Mix have revealed they are yet to listen to bandmate Jesy Nelson’s new music, as they kicked off promotions as a trio for their new single on Friday.
The group said that they ‘couldn’t force’ Jesy to stay when she decided to leave last year and admitted it had been ‘a shift’ getting a grips to performing without her.
It came as Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock put on a glamorous display as they began promoting their single Confetti, making guest appearances on This Morning and Capital Radio.
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Big day! Little Mix have revealed they are yet to listen to bandmate Jesy Nelson’s new music, as they kicked off promotions as a trio for their new single on Friday
During a guest appearance on Capital FM, Perrie, Jade and Leigh-Anne discussed how they’ve adjusted to being a trio since Jesy’s departure.
Jade said: ‘Yeah. I think, you know, if someone’s heart isn’t in it anymore and they don’t want to do it, we would never… we’re never going to force each other to do anything we don’t want to do, and we supported that decision.’
‘And yeah, it is, it was very strange thinking about doing this as a three but we weren’t ready to give it up. Yeah, so we support whatever Jesy’s decision is, and that’s that really.’
Candid: In December Jesy Nelson revealed she was leaving Little Mix after nine years, and the band has now said they couldn’t ‘force’ her to stay
Looking good: It came as Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock put on a glamorous display as they began promoting their single Confetti
Trio: The band seemed to be in good spirits as they arrived for their radio interview, where they told Roman Kemp they ‘haven’t heard any of Jesy’s new music
Roman Kemp then asked whether they had listened to any of Jesy’s new music, after the singer shared social media snaps revealed she was back in the studio.
Perrie added: ‘We haven’t! We actually haven’t!’
After releasing the video for their single Confetti, which sees the trio in the midst of a dance-off against male versions of themselves, Little Mix admitted it had become the end of an era with the track’s release.
Perrie said: ‘I feel like because it was the first song that we had for the album, and we based the whole record around it and we called it Confetti, it just felt right to close the era with it.
‘But we knew we didn’t want to just release the album track, we wanted to switch it up, change the production a little, get a feature (hoping it was going to be Saweetie), and then when it was we were like ”oh my goodness”.’
Views: On Jesy’s exit, Jade said: ‘Jade said: ‘We’re never going to force each other to do anything we don’t want to do, and we supported that decision’
Speaking out: During their radio appearances, they added: ‘Yeah, so we support whatever Jesy’s decision is, and that’s that really’
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
Exciting: The girls have collaborated with US rapper and singer Saweetie on the track after reworking the single following Jesy’s departure from the band
Challenges: Little Mix went onto discuss Jesy’s exit during an appearance on Friday’s This Morning, telling hosts Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond it was ‘a shift’ becoming a trio
Little Mix went onto discuss Jesy’s exit during an appearance on Friday’s This Morning, telling hosts Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond it was ‘a shift’ becoming a trio.
Jade said: ‘It was definitely a shift, but we have to respect each other’s decision and I think moving forward we didn’t want to call it a day. We wanted to still go on as a three, I think our fans are really happy we’ve done that.’
Leigh-Anne added: ‘We’ve got a really busy year ahead of us, we’re really excited of what’s to come, lots of songs lots of iconic video, we’re still solid.’
As ever the trio ensure they put on a stylish display as they stepped out in London for their promotional duties.
No stopping us! Jade said: ‘It was definitely a shift, but we have to respect each other’s decision and I think moving forward we didn’t want to call it a day’
Incredible: Blonde beauty Perrie commanded attention in her flowing trousers and oversized shirt which she slightly tucked in on one side to highlight her slim figure
Perrie Edwards, 27, caught the eye in a striking yellow satin ensemble as she strutted alongside her glamorous bandmates Jade Thirlwall, 28, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, 29.
The blonde beauty commanded attention in her flowing trousers and oversized shirt which she slightly tucked in on one side to highlight her slim figure.
Adding a little height to her toned frame, Perrie donned some open-toe heels and ensured to put on a glamorous display as she wore her glossy locks perfectly styled.
Fashion stars: Leigh-Anne also ensured to showcase her fashion prowess as she donned a ruched khaki dress and showcased her toned pins
Glam: The girls ensured they made a bold statement as they headed out to begin promotional duties for their new single
Bandmate Jade also looked incredible in a quirky light blue shirt paired with white trousers and a selection of chunky necklaces.
She appeared to be in great spirits as the trio arrived at the radio studios, beaming a mile at the cameras.
Leigh-Anne also ensured to showcase her fashion prowess as she donned a ruched khaki dress and showcased her toned pins.
The beauty styled her short dress with some lace-up boots and wore here long brunette locks down, letting them cascade over her shoulders.
Big hit: As well as dropping the hotly-anticipated single, the stunning trio also delighted fans with the video to the reworked version of Confetti
As well as dropping the hotly-anticipated single, the stunning trio also delighted fans with the video to the reworked version of Confetti.
A firm fan favourite, the single features US rapper and singer Saweetie, who has added her own unique flavour to the track.
In a shot from the video shoot, the singers also transform into their male alter egos with Jade and Leigh-Anne sporting beards.
Strutting their stuff: Perrie and Jade opted for floaty light ensembles while Leigh-Anne sizzled in a mini ruched dress
It comes after the girlband spoke to Euphoria magazine and revealed that they’ve enjoyed adapting to their new normal, explaining that they often work through their issues in group therapy.
Asked how they continued following Jesy’s shock departure, Jade, 28, 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.”
Girls, is that you? In a shot from the video shoot, the singers also appear to transform into their male alter egos with Jade and Leigh-Anne sporting beards
Pop stars: The trio smouldered as they filmed the video for the reworked version of Confetti
Standout: Bandmate Jade also looked incredible in a quirky light blue shirt paired with white trousers and a selection of chunky necklaces
Despite the shift in the group dynamic from a quartet to a trio, the group are stronger than ever, with Perrie, 27, 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.’
The group have also been protecting their mental health by cutting out toxicity, starting with social media.
Hello! Perrie gave a wave to the cameras as the glam trio arrived at Global Radio studios
Toned: Leigh-Anne flashed her toned legs and added some extra height to her frame with a pair of white pointed boots
Jade revealed: ‘If I had any advice for people, it would be to only follow accounts that make you feel good about yourself. Or ones that don’t make you feel like you’re not enough or compare yourself to what that person’s doing.’
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 are now looking forward to the release of their first single without Jesy, 29, a remix of their hit single Confetti, which will feature American rapper Saweetie.
The group sent fans wild with the announcement earlier this month, as they tweeted: ‘The news you’ve all been waiting for… our brand new single Confetti featuring @saweetie is out 30/04.’
Gorgeous: Jade led the girls as she strutted in the middle of the trio
Beauty: Little Mix all wore their long and perfectly styled locks down, letting their sleek tresses cascade over their shoulders
Exciting times: Jade appeared to be in great spirits as the trio arrived at the radio studios, beaming a mile at the cameras (left) and walking alongside her pals (right)
Style: The three singers showcased their different fashion senses with their striking looks
Jesy revealed that she was leaving Little Mix after nine years and emotionally admitted that the pressure of being in the band for almost a decade had affected her mental health.
Her emotional statement online read: ‘To all my Mixers, the past nine years in Little Mix has been the most incredible time of my life.
‘We have achieved things I never thought possible. From winning our first Brit Award to our sold out shows at the O2.
‘Making friends and fans all over the world 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.
Accessories: Jade donned several chunky necklaces while Perrie and Leigh-Anne kept things to a minimum and let their outfits do all the talking
‘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.
‘There comes a time in life when we need to reinvest in taking care of ourselves rather than focusing on making other people happy, and I feel like now is the time to begin that process.
‘So after much consideration and with a heavy heart, I’m announcing I’m leaving Little Mix.’
The Essex native went on to express her gratitude towards her supporters and co-members as she 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.
The famous four: The single marks the band’s first official record since Jesy announced she was leaving the group in December to focus on herself (pictured in 2019)
‘I want to say thank you to everyone involved in our journey. All the hard work and dedication that went into making us a success.
‘To every single fan who came to see us in concert, who listened to our songs and sung their hearts out, sent me messages and supported me along the way I want you to know I love you all so much and I could never have done this without you and I appreciate it endlessly.
‘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 on making music that people love. Love Jesy x.’
Over the past few months, Jesy has dropped several hints she is secretly working on new music by sharing snippets from inside a recording studio on social media.
It has been reported the solo artist is now at the centre of a bidding war between record labels worth £2million as they try to sign her.
Tune into Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp, weekdays from 6am-10am across the UK. This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.
Official statement: In December Jesy said she was leaving Little Mix after nine years as she insisted that she wished the best for her bandmates in their future endeavors
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