Jesy Nelson has revealed how her mum, Janice White, pleaded with her to leave Little Mix in order to protect her mental health.
The hitmaker – who rose to fame in the girl band after appearing on the X Factor 2011 – bravely opened up on her suicide attempt on her documentary Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out, which was released in 2019.
And now, in a new interview, the singer – who has branched out as a solo star following her exit from Little Mix in December – has shared that her worried mum begged her to leave the band when discovering that her daughter had tried to end her own life with an overdose.
Jesy said that her mum was frank and told her to walk away from the girl group during a conversation in the early days of her celebrity career.
Reflecting on the chat, the 30-year-old told MailOnline : “Yeah. Well, I just remember obviously the first time, so obviously I’d taken an overdose. I went into hospital and then I had a music video like a week after…
“And obviously my mum found out and she was distraught and she was outright: “This is it, you’re not doing this anymore”. Because my mum’s the kind of mum that’s like, ‘Jes, we couldn’t give a s**t what you do as long as you’re happy…
“‘That’s all I care about’, So she was like, ‘No. This isn’t happening anymore. I’m like not putting my foot down and you’re coming out of this.’ And obviously, I didn’t know what to do at the time because it was very early stages of Little Mix as well.”
Jesy has been open about how being in Litle Mix took a toll on her mental health.
She quit the girl band in December 2020, leaving Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards to continue on as a trio, and has since spoken against the group on several occasions.
Jesy recently admitted there were “disagreements” as she explained how “hard” it was being in a girl group during an appearance on Reign With Josh Smith podcast.
“I had times and moments when I really loved it, but it felt like there were way more times that I was sad than I was happy,” she told.
“I don’t think people realise how hard it is to be in a girl band. There’s a lot that comes with it that people don’t know about.
“And obviously I don’t get to make my own decisions. Three people have to agree as well, so there would always be disagreements on certain things.”
Jesy also called Little Mix a “machine”, revealing she could never switch off and had her life planned out for her.
“I feel a lot of people think that it’s selfish I’ve left the group. It was ten years of my life that I was very unhappy with and I needed to take myself out of that and genuinely do what’s going to make me happy,” she explained.
She continued: “Some people may not understand that, but you live once and you have to do what makes you happy.
“Being in Little Mix is literally like a machine. You don’t have any time off. You can’t switch off. Even when you go home, your phone is constantly going off about work and your life is planned out.”
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