POP star Jesse Nelson will be taking “extended leave” from Little Mix for special medical reasons.
29-year-old singer The gap from the group was confirmed in a statement via the band’s management, after missing several appearances including the final of their BBC1 The Search show and the hosting slot at the MTV European Music Awards nearly two weeks ago.
Announcing the extension of the break, a group spokesman said:Jesse is on vacation From Little Mix for special medical reasons.
“We will not make any further comment at this time and we ask the media to respect their privacy at this time.”
This comes after she previously confirmed that she will miss the band’s last high profile appearances two weeks ago.
At the time a spokesperson said, “Jesse is sick and won’t appear in tonight’s final of Little Mix: The Search.
“Nor will they host or perform shows at MTV EMAs tomorrow.”
Jesy has been a member of the group since they formed on The X Factor in 2011, along with his band mates Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jade Thirlwall.
Together, they have sold over 50 million records, earned two British awards, four singles and released six albums along the way.
They are also set to hit the road again in April of next year, although it is believed that the appointments could be delayed if needed as a result of ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.
But the group also faced pressure after a well-documented disagreement with former record company, Simon Cowell, SyCo Music, in November 2018 – which saw them move to RCA competitor record amid the rift between Cowell and the band’s management company, modest management.
After the incident, which erupted while they were making their LM5 album, Simon told The Sun that the spat “wasn’t about money” and added, “Basically, they said we did a terrible job.
“I agreed not to talk about this publicly because I thought it was a private matter.
“I said,” We can’t work with the administration, it’s that simple. “
But an X Factor judge said he was still on good terms with Jade, Perrie, Jesy and Leigh-Anne and planned to meet them.
He said he had never separated from the group, adding, “As I said in my email addressed to them, I’m sticking to the fact that they’re the most hard-working girl group I’ve ever worked with. They deserve everything they have.”
The girls later told The Sun that the change was “always good,” with Perry adding: “We’re ready for a fresh start.”
“We’ve been with Syco for seven years and we’ve had a great journey but it would be nice to change it and get a new vision for us,” Lee-Anne explained.
“Change and a fresh start is a good thing, we’re excited.”
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Little Mix was the first group to win The X Factor at the height of its success in 2011, a year after boyband One Direction finished third, and quickly joined the ranks of pop stars with a string of hit songs – including Wings, Black Magic, and Scream On my former lover.
Four of their albums enjoyed platinum sales, and a string of spin-off projects including clothing collections, fragrances, beauty products, and résumés cemented her position as an A-list.
Outside of the band, Jesy won a National Television Award for her work on a historical TV documentary called Odd One Out that deals with cyberbullying and struggles with body image.