Jesy Nelson said she needed a break from work before temporarily leaving Little Mix
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Jesy Nelson welcomed a time away from her bandmates when the Coronavirus pandemic led to a lockdown in the spring.
The singer, 29, shocked fans this week when she revealed in a statement plans to take a temporary hiatus from the group for "private medical reasons".
And in an interview printed days before her announcement, the hitmaker explained that when the first nationwide lockdown hit the UK, at the end of March, she was glad for the time away from commitments alongside her bandmates – Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall.
Speaking to You Magazine, when asked on how she found lockdown, Jesy explained: "It was needed. We're never not with each other and we're always busy. Our mornings start early, we finish really late."
Jesy Nelson told that she welcomed a break from Little Mix's work commitments during the first UK lockdown
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Little Mix bandmates stay silent as Jesy takes extended break amid plans to go solo
The official announcement that Jesy was taking a hiatus from the girl band came after the singer missed several appearances with Little Mix in recent weeks, including the final of their BBC One talent show The Search and their hosting gig at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
After growing concern from fans, a spokesperson for the group confirmed her temporary departure in a statement.
They shared: "Jesy is having extended time off from Little Mix for private medical reasons.
Shs said that she and bandmates – Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall – are "never not with each other"
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"We will not be issuing any further comment currently and ask media to please respect her privacy at this time."
It is not yet known when Jesy will be back with the chart-topping group.
This week it was announced that Jesy is taking a temporary hiatus from the group for "private medical reasons"
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Jesy starred in her own BBC documentary Odd One Out last year, which delved in her mental health battle and suicidal urges sparked by cruel online trolls – including racist extremist Katie Hopkins.
In the raw account of her journey, the Black Magic vocalist addressed the issues of mental health and rehabilitation.
The documentary also featured her bandmates, who recounted their friend’s struggle and the larger impacts that had on the band, and her former boyfriend Chris Hughes.
It is unknown when Jesy will return to the band
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The singer went on to have therapy and received support from friends and family amid her online battle.
The brunette bombshell picked up a National Television Award for the honest and frank film.
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