JESY Nelson has received the backing of her celebrity pals after quitting iconic pop band Little Mix for the sake of her mental health.
Two famous faces who know just what it's like for The X Factor star – former contestant Stacey Solomon and ITV show host Dermot O'Leary – have wished the 29-year-old well after she made her decision public on Monday.
Confetti singer Jesy took to her Instagram page for the emotional message, revealing she left as nine years in the band "took a toll on her mental health."
Her showbiz mates were quick to comment underneath the heart-wrenchingly candid post, including dad of one Dermot, who wrote: "Big love Jesy x"
Former contestant Stacey, who has since put her music career on the back burner, added: "Love u," followed by a black Emoji love heart.
Swagger Jagger singer Cher Lloyd, also an X Factor alumni, wrote: "Sending lots of love," alongside two red love hearts.
The Saturday's singer Frankie Bridge, who has publicly spoken about her mental health struggles while in the pop band, wrote: "So brave of you. Xx."
TOWIE's Lauren Pope kindly messaged: "Lots of love, health always comes first ❤️❤️❤️ ."
Love Island's Siannese Fudge wrote in Emojis as she put: "❤️👑" while former Strictly Come Dancing star Saffron Barker posted: "You’re amazing 💓💓💓."
BBC Three's account, the channel with whom she filmed her award-winning trolling documentary Odd One Out, wrote: "We love you," while music star MNEK posted a red love heart.
TOWIE's Arg also chose the red heart Emoji icon while Will.i.am opted for a blue heart.
Jesy's ex, reality star Chris Hughes, previously sent his support online.
Commenting on the emotional statement Jesy shared to her Instagram account, the former Love Island star wrote: "The best ❤️"
The pair split in April after a 16-month romance but there is no bad blood between the pair, with the hunk previously promoting Little Mix's BBC talent show The Search in September.
Jesy announced her shock news after taking "extended time off" from the group last month.
Jesy told her followers that she was leaving Little Mix with a "heavy heart" as she reflected on the success the band have enjoyed since winning The X Factor in 2011, insisting it had been the "most incredible time" of her life.
She continued: "I can't thank you all enough from the bottom of my heart for making me feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
"You have always been there to support and encourage me and I will never ever forget it.
"The truth is, recently being in the band has really taken a toll on my mental health. I find the constant pressure of being in a girl group and living up to expectations very hard."
Jesy added: "I need to spend some time with the people I love, doing things that make me happy.
"I'm ready to embark on a new chapter in my life – I'm not sure what it's going to look like right now, but I hope you'll still be there to support me."
The star went on to thank her bandmates Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards, and Jade Thirlwall, 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 making music that people love."
Little Mix responded to the statement on Twitter, sharing their sadness at Jesy's decision – but insisting they understood and supported her choice.
They wrote: "After an amazing 9 years together Jesy has made the decision to leave Little Mix. This is an incredibly sad time for all of us but we are fully supportive of Jesy.
"We love her very much and agree that it is so important that she does what is right for her mental health and well-being. We are still very much enjoying our Little Mix journey and the 3 of us are not ready for it to be over.
"We know that Jesy leaving the group is going to be really upsetting news for our fans. We love you guys so much and are so grateful for your loyalty and continued support of all of us.
"We’re looking forward to seeing so many of you on tour."
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