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30th Sep 2021

Jesy Nelson reveals she was “truly unhappy in Little Mix”

Tara Trevaskis Hoskin

The former Little Mix star has opened up about feeling “truly unhappy” during her time in the group.

Jesy Nelson has spoken out about feeling extremely down during her time in the girl group. She spoke to Josh Smith from Reign, a podcast with celebrity guests and unfiltered chats, about the experience.

In the interview Jesy spoke about her struggles while in the group and how this led to her leaving. “I don’t think people knew that I was really truly unhappy for quite a long time, like 10 years of my life.” 

Having sold over 60 million albums and singles worldwide Little Mix was one of this millennium’s most successful girl groups. However, Jesy feels that people don’t always understand the struggle of being part of this. “The constant comparison every single day that was hard and that eventually after 10 years takes a massive toll on your mental health,” she says.

She struggled with the pressure for the band to remain uniform and the lack of choice in this, “when it came to little things, like if we had to do a video and everyone had to wear bikinis and I didn’t want to wear a bikini because I felt like sh*t, I couldn’t not,” she explains. 

This is not the first time Jesy has spoke about hardships she faced during those years, after leaving the band she took to Instagram to talk about her own struggles with body image.

The 30-year-old singer also faced severe bullying and trolling while she was in the band. Two years ago in her BBC 3 documentary titled, Odd One Out, Jesy disclosed that the online abuse got so bad she attempted to take her own life. 

There were also many good times in the band and she reminisces on them, the decision to leave was a difficult but important one. “I feel like a lot of people think that it’s selfish that I’ve left the group and it really affected me at the start like I really didn’t want to upset people, and I didn’t want people to think that about me but I don’t care anymore because it was 10 years of my life I was very unhappy with,” she says. 

Jesy is now working on her solo career after landing a record deal with Polydor Records and Universal Music Group.

Her new single Boyz is set to be released very soon following some teasers on her Insta stories.


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