Jesy Nelson: former Little Mix member set to debut solo single ‘in a matter of weeks’ - what we know so far

Jesy Nelson left Little Mix at the end of 2020, with the group’s remaining members Jade Thirwall, Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock continuing forward as a trio

It has been reported that Jesy Nelson, formerly part of the girl group Little Mix, is set to release her debut solo track “in a matter of weeks”.

The new song will mark the beginning of the singer’s solo career, after leaving Little Mix in 2020. At the time, Nelson cited mental health reasons as being behind her decision to leave.

Following her departure, the remaining Little Mix members, Jade Thirwall, Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, voiced their support for Nelson and announced that they would be continuing the band as a trio.

Winner of the Best Factual Entertainment Award, Jesy Nelson poses in the winners room at the 2020 National Television Awards at The O2 Arena (Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

What do we know so far?

A source told The Sun: “Jesy spent several months at the beginning of the year working on the music and it has all come together quite quickly.

“Her new record label Polydor are keen to strike while the iron is hot, so they are throwing everything at her project and want the first single out in a matter of weeks.”

According to the music insider, the song will be “more upbeat than some might be expecting” with “plenty of choreography in the video”.

They said: “The difference this time is that she is not comparing herself to her bandmates. It’s been so refreshing for her.

“Jesy has been working hard and is feeling really positive about this new chapter of her career.”

On Instagram, the singer posted a selfie two weeks ago with the caption “New era pending”, hinting that something new could be in the works.

In June, she also accidentally shared a snippet of her new song on the social media platform before quickly deleting it.

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Why did she leave Little Mix?

In November 2020, it was announced that Nelson would be taking an “extended” break from Little Mix due to private medical reasons.

A statement from Little Mix’s publicist Simon Jones said: “Jesy is having extended time off from Little Mix for private medical reasons. We will not be issuing any further comment currently and ask the media to please respect her privacy at this time.”

A month later in December, it was confirmed that Nelson had left the band. She explained that being part of Little Mix had “really taken a toll on [her] mental health”.

Nelson ended her message by thanking the remaining three band members, 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 on making music that people love. Love Jesy x.”

Earlier this year in May, Nelson spoke about her decision to leave the group, saying: “The last music video we did was the breaking point.

“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.”

Nelson signed with her new label Polydor Records, which is part of Universal Music Group, in May earlier this year.

At the time, she said: “I’m so excited to finally announce that I will be signing to Polydor Records.

“I cannot wait for you to hear what I’ve been working on and to start this new chapter with the Universal Music team.”

Ben Mortimor, co-president of Polydor, said: “As soon as I met Jesy, I knew Polydor had to become her label partner.

“She’s developed the sound for her next music beautifully. It’s true to her. And she has an authentic vision about what this next stage of her already incredible career should be.”