Little Mix bandmates stay silent as Jesy takes extended break amid plans to go solo

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Jesy Nelson's Little Mix bandmates have stayed silent as she takes an "extended break" from the group.

The singer, 29, decided to temporarily leave the band in recent weeks due to a "private medical reason", which saw her miss hosting the MTV EMA and failing to appear on the final of their show The Search.

It's rumoured the women are planning to go solo with their careers as their co-star recovers.

Jesy fell ill around two weeks ago and had to pull out of the talent show's final, leaving the rest of her bandmates gutted.

A statement was released at the time revealing Jesy wouldn't be taking part in the virtual EMA.

Jesy fell ill around two weeks ago and had to pull out of the talent show's final, leaving the rest of her bandmates gutted
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Now the star is having extended time off from the band, according to The Sun.

A source said the star is "taking some time out for as long as she feels she needs or wants to".

The girls have kept a low-profile on social media since the announcement, including Jesy herself.

Her last post is from Halloween, which was nearly three weeks ago.

The girls have kept a low-profile on social media since the announcement, including Jesy herself
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It comes as the other singers – Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall – have reportedly made "secret plans to go solo next year" at the end of their existing deal.

Jesy's bandmates are said to have been meeting with bosses, new managers and agents in a bid to kick-start their own solo music careers, according to the publication.

It's thought Jesy will also be branching out as a solo artist when she's feeling better.

They might be going solo
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A source said: "The girls have been open and honest with each other, and with their current management team.

"They have started discussions with some prospective managers and agents about what their solo careers might look like.

"Some of the girls might end up taking on solo projects with their current management team too. But this isn't about ending the band, it's about looking to the future."

Little Mix
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The girls are "trying to emulate Take That" and want to focus on their own projects while being able to come together to tour and work as a group again.

Little Mix have a tour scheduled for April 2020, and the source says they will still complete it at a later date if it gets delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mirror Online has contacted the band's representative for comment.

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