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EXC Jesy Nelson was ‘exhausted from being compared’ to bandmates’

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Jesy Nelson has described her grief over comparing herself to her Little Mix bandmates and has admitted that she is “so glad” she went solo.

The 30-year-old singer spoke on Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place podcast, which is now part of Acast’s Creator Network, about the lead up to her departure, leaving the group in December after becoming “trapped and miserable.”

She commanded the charts with bandmates Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards for nine years after gaining fame on the X Factor – but admitted in her chat with Fearne that she would compare herself to the trio.

Relieved: Jesy Nelson detailed her grief over comparing herself to her Little Mix bandmates and admitted she’s ‘so glad’ she went solo

In December, Jesy confirmed her final departure just weeks after revealing she was taking a temporary break from all work commitments and later revealing that her mental health was the reason she left the group.

After much speculation, she teased her first solo single earlier this year and is set to reveal BOYZ Tuesday at 6pm.

Speaking of her insecurities ahead of the launch, she said: “I’d say 60% of me has I’ll never sit and lie and be like, oh, I’m so happy now, I have no insecurities because that’s an absolute lie, I still have my insecurities, I still have my struggles…

“I think the thing that I’m better with now is that I see little things now when I’m making a music video, I don’t look at the camera and think, oh my gosh, I don’t look as skinny as Jade, Anne and Perrie…

Painful: She commanded the charts for nine years with bandmates Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards after gaining fame on the X Factor - but she admitted in her chat with Fearne that she would compare herself to the trio

Painful: She commanded the charts for nine years with bandmates Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards after gaining fame on the X Factor – but she admitted in her chat with Fearne that she would compare herself to the trio

“And that’s what I did every day, and for the first time ever I made my music video and I enjoyed it. I absolutely loved it and I was like, this is the feeling I should have had all along.’

“And some people weren’t in favor of that, and some people were, and I agree. It wasn’t fun for Jade, Anne and Perrie to be around when I was so down, they’re living their dream and I wasn’t…

“I felt really miserable and trapped and I knew that wasn’t right.”

She elaborated on going single, saying, “Being compared to three other girls every day was exhausting, and I couldn’t handle it anymore…

Back!  After much speculation, she teased her first solo single earlier this year and will reveal BOYZ Tuesday at 6pm

Back! After much speculation, she teased her first solo single earlier this year and will reveal BOYZ on Tuesday at 6pm

The girls: Little Mix continues as a trio after Jesy's departure

The girls: Little Mix continues as a trio after Jesy’s departure

“And I think a lot of people misunderstood what I meant in my statement, they’re like oh, so now she’s going solo. I never said in my statement, I’m from the music industry, I’m not going to make music anymore…

“I said, I’m just going to start a new chapter in my life, I just want to make myself happy. I don’t know what that will be, but I have to take care of myself now, make me feel better.”

Jesy pointed out that the lockdown helped her make her decision.

She said: ‘We never had time to be alone and the only time I had that was the lockdown, and for me then I realized: Okay, this isn’t for me anymore…

Emotional: Her emotional statement read: 'For all my Mixers, the past nine years in Little Mix has been the most incredible time of my life'

Emotional: Her emotional statement read: ‘For all my Mixers, the past nine years in Little Mix has been the most incredible time of my life’

“And it sounds crazy because we were clearly in a pandemic and terrible things were going on, but it was the first time I felt real peace and happiness that I hadn’t felt in such a long time.”

She said of her solo work: ‘It was just really fun writing songs about experiences I’ve been through….

“So it’s like therapy and you get the best songs out of whatever you’re feeling. If I feel something like that, I have to go into the studio and write a song about it.’

The Girls: Little Mix are pictured in June 2019, ahead of Jesy .'s departure

The Girls: Little Mix are pictured in June 2019, ahead of Jesy .’s departure

“And I was going through a breakup at the time too, so when I was in the shoot I honestly wrote some really damn good songs. So yes. But it’s really like therapy and I like it so much.’

On her new team she said: ‘Now of course I have a new team and I’m around people who really love and care about me and it makes such a difference…

“So I think when you’re going through a hard time, when you feel that way, it’s so important to be around people who really love you and care about you and who just want the best for you.”

Heartbreaking: Jesy won acclaim for her groundbreaking TV documentary Odd One Out, in which she discussed her struggles with online bullying and body image

Heartbreaking: Jesy won acclaim for her groundbreaking TV documentary Odd One Out, in which she discussed her struggles with online bullying and body image

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