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    Jesy Nelson Exits Little Mix, And Her Bandmates Are In Full Support

    "The truth is, recently being in the band has really taken a toll on my mental health."

    It's the end of an era — Jesy Nelson has announced that she's leaving Little Mix.

    Earlier today, the 29-year-old singer took to Instagram to explain the reasoning behind her departure.

    Jesy has been a member of Little Mix since the group originated on The X Factor back in 2011, but now she's ready to focus on herself.

    "The truth is, recently being in the band has really taken a toll on my mental health," Jesy wrote in a statement.

    "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."

    "I need to spend 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 don't know what it's going to look like right now, but I hope you'll still be there to support me."

    The remaining members of Little Mix assured Jesy that they'd always be rooting for her, no matter what.

    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.

    They went on to express their love for her and the importance of taking care of your mental health.

    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.

    Like Jesy, they know the news of her exit will take fans by surprise, but they're proud that they've joined them for this wild ride for the past nine years.

    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.

    Little Mix also shared the same message on their Instagram.

    Of course, we're sad to see Jesy go, but we're also proud of her for acknowledging that she needs to take a step back.