Popular UK pop outfit Little Mix just got smaller as Jesy Nelson has announced that she’s leaving the group to focus on her mental health.

We haven’t seen much of Little Mix in 2020, with the pop outfit’s appearance on BBC Live Lounge in September being one of their most recent performance and one that was quite difficult for singer Jesy Nelson, who suffered a panic attack while performing and subsequently cancelled a number of live appearances.

And it seems like Nelson realised the importance of taking care of herself as the singer has announced that she’s leaving Little Mix to take care of her mental health.

In a lengthy post to Instagram, Nelson paid tribute to Little Mix and their legion of fans for the past nine years before revealing that the “pressure” of being in a girl group had taken a toll on her mental health. After experiencing so many highs, the singer decided now’s the time to step away from the spotlight in order to focus on herself.

“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,” wrote the singer.

“There comes a time in life when we need to reinvest in taking care of ourselves rather than focussing on making other people happy, and I feel like now is the time to begin that process.”

Following Jesy Nelson’s announcement, the remaining three members of Little Mix – Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock – issued out their own statement on Instagram in support of Nelson’s decision to leave the group.

“After an amazing 9 years together Jesy has made the decision to leave Little Mix,” they wrote. “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.”

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While Nelson may be done with Little Mix, the remaining trio are adamant that this isn’t the end of the group and they’ll be releasing new music in the future.

“We are still very much enjoying our Little Mix journey and the 3 of us are not ready for it to be over,” they wrote. “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.”