Eric BlairDecember 15th

Jesy Nelson has left Little Mix after nine years with the band. 

The news was broken by the group on their Instagram page. Sharing a statement Little Mix said: "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. We're looking forward to seeing so many of you on tour.

"Love always, Jade, Perrie and Leigh-Anne xxx”

29-year-old Jesy, also shared her own statement to her social media , thanking fans for their support and describing her time with the band as ‘the most incredible time of my life’.

Continuing, Jesy outlined the reasons that led to her decision as well as describing the toll that being in Little Mix had taken on her mental health.

She wrote: "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.

"I need to spend some time with the people I love, doing things that make me happy. I want to say thank you to Jade, Perrie and Leigh-Anne for creating some of the most amazing memories I'll never forget.”

Last month, the band had released a statement to say Jesy would be having an 'extended time off from Little Mix for private medical reasons’.

Little Mix formed on The X Factor in 2011 and have gone on to record six UK top 10 albums and four number one singles. They are currently number five in the chart with their hit Sweet Melody.

Last year, Nelson was widely praised for discussing her mental health struggles in a BBC Three documentary.

We wish both Jesy and Little Mix the best for the future. 

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