Jesy Nelson has signed a solo record deal with Polydor Records, only five months after quitting Little Mix.
Jesy has not made her intentions of wanting to pursue a solo career a secret and has documented ongoing recording sessions on Instagram and plans to release her debut album later this year.
Jesy left Little Mix in December 2020, saying being in a girlband had taken a toll on her mental health. Opening up in an interview with Cosmopolitan UK, she said: “The last music video we did [Sweet Melody] was the breaking point.
“We’d been in lockdown, and [that had been] the first time I could have a break and be at home around people that I love. It was the happiest I’d ever felt, and I didn’t realise that until I went back to work. I immediately became a different person.
“I had anxiety. Whenever we had a music video, I put an enormous amount of pressure on myself to try and lose weight. I have a fear of looking back on the camera. If I don’t like what I see, I find it so hard to be in front of the camera and feel amazing and perform.”
Former bandmates, Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock supported her decision to leave the group, acknowledging that it was something Jesy had to do for her mental health.
At last week’s Brit Awards they dedicated their trophy for best British group to Nelson, as well as their fans.
They have continued as a trio and released a new collaboration with dance artists Galantis and David Guetta, titled Heartbreak Anthem.