Little Mix say 'we're not ready for it to be over' after Jesy Nelson quits in emotional statement
LITTLE Mix have shared an emotional statement in the wake of Jesy Nelson’s shock departure from the band.
In the lengthy message they confirm the news and say that while they are “incredibly sad” they are fully supportive of her decision.
Writing on Twitter the three remaining band members, Jade, Perrie and Leigh-Anne told their fans they love Jesy and will be continuing Little Mix as trio.
They wrote: "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."
The girls added: "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."
The now three piece confirmed their tour would be going ahead, before signing off: "We’re looking forward to seeing so many of you on tour. Love always, Jade, Perrie and Leigh-Anne xxx"
After weeks of speculation, Jesy Nelson confirmed that she has quit Little Mix, revealing that nine years in the band "took a toll on her mental health".
The 29-year-old star announced the news on her Instagram page today after taking "extended time off" from the group last month.
She told her followers that she was leaving with a "heavy heart" as she reflected on the success the band have enjoyed since winning The X Factor in 2011, insisting it had been the "most incredible time" of her life.
She continued: "I can't thank you all enough from the bottom of my heart for making me feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
"You have always been there to support and encourage me and I will never ever forget it.
"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."
Jesy added: "I need to spend some 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'm not sure what it's going to look like right now, but I hope you'll still be there to support me."
The star went on to thank her bandmates Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards, and Jade Thirlwall, writing: "Most of all I want to say thank you to Jade, Perrie and Leigh-Anne for creating some of the most amazing memories I'll never forget.
"I hope that you'll continue to fulfil all of your dreams and keep making music that people love."
In November, a Little Mix rep confirmed that Jesy was taking "extended time off" for "private medical reasons".
They said at the time: "Jesy is having extended time off from Little Mix for private medical reasons.
"We will not be issuing any further comment currently and ask media to please respect her privacy at this time."
It came two weeks after she missed the grand finale of the band's TV talent show The Search, as well as their high-profile stint hosting the MTV EMAs.
The Sun then revealed that Jade, Perrie and Leigh-Anne are going solo – with each involved in secret plans to launch individual careers next year at the end of their existing deal.
However, Jade has insisted the group "will never die" even if the girls do end up branching out.
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