Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson has taken an “extended” break from the pop group for “private medical reasons”.
A representative for the group confirmed the news in a statement to the media on Wednesday.
“Jesy is having extended time off from Little Mix for private medical reasons,” they said, via the BBC.
“We will not be issuing any further comment currently and ask media to please respect her privacy at this time.”
Fans and musicians alike have since wished Jesy all the best on social media.
I love Little Mix and I love Jesy Nelson. Sending so much love ♥️
— wap rem x (@jackremmington) November 17, 2020
We’re sending all our love to @LittleMix’s Jesy ❤️❤️❤️
— Hits Radio (@hitsradiouk) November 17, 2020
Last September, Jesy was widely praised for a documentary she released with the BBC.
Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out is a candid and raw look at how online trolling has had a catastrophic impact on her mental health.
The documentary deals with five main themes: cyber-bullying, depression, anxiety, social media, and body image.
Since shooting to fame on the X Factor when she was just 20 years old, Jesy revealed she has been constantly bullied for her weight and image.
“I was told that my face was very deformed,” she said in the documentary, “and that I should chop my head off so they don’t have to look at me anymore.”
Jesy urged viewers – especially her young fans – to speak up about their mental health struggles.
“If you just keep it in and don’t talk to anyone about it, you’re just gonna make yourself worse,” she said. “Suffering in silence doesn’t help at all.”
The announcement of Jesy’s break comes after the 29-year-old missed out on the finale of Little Mix’s BBC One talent show, and their hosting of the MTV European Music Awards last week.
Little Mix took home the awards for best UK and Ireland act and best pop.
— Little Mix (@LittleMix) November 8, 2020
The group, which also includes Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, just released their sixth studio album this month.
Confetti is currently sitting in the #2 spot on the UK’s official albums chart.