Jesy Nelson on leaving Little Mix, her mental health and new solo music | Cosmopolitan UK

It's been just five months since Jesy Nelson announced her exit from Little Mix after nine years in the group, but already she's making waves on her own and she's gearing up for a lot more.
Our June cover star caught up with Cosmopolitan UK to answer a few questions for our Up Close video series, and she talked candidly about her decision to leave Little Mix, the best and worst things about being in the spotlight, as well as revealing her exciting plans for the future.
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  • I love Jesy so much but her going and putting out solo music is just going to put her back in the limelight and she'll most likely get even more hate. Like I'm not saying don't make music but when she was in Little Mix she actually had people who could actively defend her (Please no hate I'm just wondering)

    BridgetwestBridgetwestPrije 2 sati
  • bless you , do you girl

    Daina's lifeDaina's lifePrije 3 sati
  • ❤❤❤

    iazaruiazaruPrije 4 sati
  • You are absolutely stunning inside and out gurl, preach 🙌

    Ellie Rhodes-WilliamsEllie Rhodes-WilliamsPrije 10 sati
  • I love Jesy and what ever she does I’m sticking with her I’m always behind you girl

    Paul O'HaraPaul O'HaraPrije 11 sati
  • Love Jesy honestly. Absolutely incredible and brave to prioritise her mental health. Something for all of us to emulate if we can!

    silhouettesilhouettePrije 15 sati
  • She looks like she’s glowing and genuinely looks happier

    kameren Sykeskameren SykesPrije 15 sati
  • Jesy you look RADIANT and your hair is STUNNING ❤

    Holly AlmondHolly AlmondPrije 15 sati
  • We ❤️ u Jesy!!!

    antoni tanasantoni tanasPrije 17 sati
  • i'm not meaning this in a rude way although asking this does seem rude, I don't get any of this. She left because she was being bullied and verbally abused right? So why on earth is she back in this spotlight solo if the main purpose of leaving was the 'pressure' it's just gonna hit her harder now cause she has no one to rely on fully. If she wanted to be solo I feel like she should've just said it.

    Emily MatthewsEmily MatthewsPrije 19 sati
    • I've never been in a girl group, but I guess it feels diffrent to be in a group than solo. I guess she wants to find her nishe in music now in feel less presured. Little mix were quite big, I'm sure It's gonna be diffrent for her now.

      MarlenaMarlenaPrije 7 sati
    • Exactly! She just wanted to go solo. She should’ve been honest with her fans. What a joke.

      Prim GrimmPrim GrimmPrije 17 sati
  • When you are getting older, peace of mine is something luxurious. Not all can have it. If you can, grab it.

    oiuet souiuoiuet souiuPrije 23 sati
  • Happy for jesy to be alone. She couldn't keep up with the rest of the girls. She'll achieve some success on her own. Wish her the best.

    AnonymousAnonymousPrije dan
  • What's wrong with her neck and chest????

    Lee SnitchLee SnitchPrije dan
    • Take this: 5:59

      Cherri O1Cherri O1Prije 23 sati
  • Atleast once a week my 8 year old daughter & myself put on the little mix tunes and sing our hearts out. Whilst watching the video to black magic. She paused the video and said mum which one has left little mix. I said Jesy - She asked why? I explained that unfortunately some people are just mean and she wasn't happy. Her reply was mum I hope she's happy now. Appreciate the advise from an 8 year-old Jesy - ALWAYS BE HAPPY!!

    Emma BirkettEmma BirkettPrije dan
    • her own and decided to leave little mix with an excuse

      oiuet souiuoiuet souiuPrije 23 sati
  • Excited to hear her solo work 😊

    Rachel HillRachel HillPrije dan
  • Gurrl I hope you continue singing....I think her mental status became worse because of the constant comparison to the other members because she was not skinny enough or beautiful which really is the opposite. She even mentioned it before with her other interviews

    Dani ElleDani EllePrije dan
  • I love you jesy so much ♥️♥️

    osh_osh_Prije dan
  • I'm happy for her but feel sad for the other girls when she said that she needs to be sorrounded by people she loves, is she not true with the girls for the past years? sad

    Relon OdessaRelon OdessaPrije dan
    • I guess they didn't split as a group of friends. Seeing how girls supported each other in interviews I think that's the part she liked in little mix. They even once said something about going to group theraphy together to be able to tell the diffrence between work life and friends life. I think it was in ZachSang show

      MarlenaMarlenaPrije 7 sati
  • When describing her past as a sad disappointing experience, does she also includes meeting those three girls? I mean the friendship and everything? Is she going to move on with that also? sad 🥺😔

    LyricCiousLyricCiousPrije dan
  • Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭why did You LEAVE THE LITTLE MIX TEAM PLEASE COME BACK 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

    Brian McPhillipBrian McPhillipPrije dan
  • Love you Jesy!

    Aeunax123Aeunax123Prije dan
  • Can’t even start to explain how proud we are of Jesy, my gosh she has come so far ❣️💕🏆🎼💫💐

    Rosie WoodheadRosie WoodheadPrije dan
  • We love u Jessyyyy ♥️♥️♥️♥️

    VAVAVAVAPrije dan
  • I'm sorry but she ruined her look with those lips . Please allow your natural beauty to shine you don't need this artificial shit pumped into you

    Onlinesitelogin fornonpersonaluseOnlinesitelogin fornonpersonalusePrije dan
  • Imagine jesy does a collab with little mix.

    Kally G.vKally G.vPrije dan
  • Beautiful lady! I wish you all the best xx

    Donna MasseyDonna MasseyPrije dan
  • Making her own music already and she’ll probs do a solo tour 😂😂😂

    Yaz PixiYaz PixiPrije dan
  • Personally think she just wanted her own attention, someone who leaves a band her health and mental wouldn’t be this up in social media. Let’s be honest she made music on her own and decided to leave little mix with an excuse

    Yaz PixiYaz PixiPrije dan
  • collab ariana grande and jesy nelson

    arianagrandefan13arianagrandefan13Prije dan
  • First, i don’t know why she got so many hate at the first place. She looks unique and gorgeous in her own way. It’s sad that her being compared to another girls really put pressure on her above everything else. And if she did leave just because of that, i hope she won’t get disappointed cos haters gonna hate. And as soloist, she won’t have 3 sisters that gonna back her up in this journey. So i hope she’s strong enough to comeback this soon. All the best for all of them

    Zilla ϟZilla ϟPrije dan
  • love you

    rey catarinarey catarinaPrije dan
  • I swear when she made that announcement my heart sank. I thought it was a nightmare. I was worried that she was going to shut down and cut everyone off but Now that I see that she’s being more comfortable on her own, and taking time to do her own thing...I am happy that she is genuinely okay. I just want the four of them to be happy!

    Not TellingNot TellingPrije dan
  • Mixers are the ones that bullied her, you know those that onpy follow perrie and jade only??? Why would you say you're a fan of a girl band then follw 1 of them or just 2? Mixers need to check themselves

    kat manikat maniPrije dan
    • “Fans” who don’t support all four girls aren’t Mixers.

      Prim GrimmPrim GrimmPrije 17 sati
  • Little Mix is in my opinion, the healthiest girl group there is. I am happy for Jesy, I hope they all continue to uplift each other whether they're in the band or not.

    soiung toiuesoiung toiuePrije dan
  • I am so happy that she will continue making music! Her voice is incredible and has such power behind it. Looking forward to hearing this project! A Zayn collab would be amazing since their voices could really push and pull from each other.

    SiramaSiramaPrije dan
  • She says how shes an advocate for mental health but shes using it as an excuse to leave the group instead of being honest about wanting to go solo....

    A HussainA HussainPrije dan
    • Mental health is important and is a valid reason. She said in the video that she originally did not plan to go solo but now the opportunity has arisen.

      EloiseEloisePrije dan
  • We 💖 you ,Jess🙆😘🙌🌞💞💘💐🎺🎶🎵🎼🎛💃💃

    Crystal Pistey-LyhneCrystal Pistey-LyhnePrije dan
    • Jesus look at her that's a brand new woman!!

      soiung toiuesoiung toiuePrije dan
  • That smile is just so pure❤️!!!

    Darren FerrerDarren FerrerPrije 2 dana
  • she looks so happy

    Gen RoseGen RosePrije 2 dana
  • The Curly hair looks soo good in her, damn fantastic:D

    Theresa KohliTheresa KohliPrije 2 dana
  • Even little mix don't mention her anymore unless specifically asked about her and jest is doing the same,I don't see ppl mentioning that, why are y'all dragging her? Can't you be more sympatic and show empathy to an already struggling individual? Like what part of her documentary did you not understand? Why compare her even now?

    Animita RoyAnimita RoyPrije 2 dana
  • You're so strong, love u and the girls so much ❤❤

    Lillian ObermeierLillian ObermeierPrije 2 dana
  • 😊❤

    Ivana RichardsonIvana RichardsonPrije 2 dana
  • I swear Jesy has such a contagious energy, watching her eyes light up when she talks about anything and her passion, realness and zest personality just makes me smile through the whole video. Wish I had friends like her in real life

    Naomi WalkerNaomi WalkerPrije 2 dana
  • I expect a failed music career one thing people need to realize when you in music groups you usually can't go solo cause the talent is not there to be a superstar cause you was in a group.

    WTF_ENIGMAWTF_ENIGMAPrije 2 dana
    • True. Jesy has a unique voice and she is definitely a good vocalist, but she’s the weakest singer in the group.

      Prim GrimmPrim GrimmPrije 17 sati
  • Females be lying.

    WTF_ENIGMAWTF_ENIGMAPrije 2 dana
  • Do people will stop comparing her to the other singer when she leave LM? Coz in My Opinion, if she couldn't achieve something better than LM, she will always be compare to the Girls tho 😅 I'm so Confuse now but I'm wishing her the very best. As Liam said to her, do whateva makes you happy coz life is to short

    ANDREWORLDANDREWORLDPrije 2 dana
  • Hi Jesy! Glad that you've found peace and contentment and looking forward to your new music.

    Lynette StephensLynette StephensPrije 2 dana
  • When she said "win brits award on my own, or just perform on my own" that truly breaks my heart, I support Jesy, but thinking about all the stuff she said back then "I can't never perform on my own, with out my three girls, they're my rocks, they're my sister, and they're my best friends" just kinda sad tbh

    Terence XavierTerence XavierPrije 2 dana
    • She has grown, become independent and set her priorities.

      Π । Celeste । ΠΠ । Celeste । ΠPrije dan
    • People change minds

      classic beaclassic beaPrije dan
    • that was the first thing i thought of when news broke of her leaving

      asher coleasher colePrije dan
  • We mixers failed to protect you but still I'll always support you Jesy 😔 stay happy just like this❤️🙏

    Sarah AhmedSarah AhmedPrije 2 dana
  • how do girls in their 30s look like theyre in their 20s nowadays, and 14-20 years old girls look like theyre in their 20s too :D

    Karolina WilkKarolina WilkPrije 2 dana
    • I 32 but i look 20 to 24

      Laura MissenLaura MissenPrije dan
  • Jesus look at her that's a brand new woman!!

    Karolina WilkKarolina WilkPrije 2 dana
  • What lipstick is she wearing? I WANT IT!

    Lost in the FifthcornerLost in the FifthcornerPrije 2 dana
  • What do the Bs mean?? She has a B necklace and ring

    Elizabeth AvalosElizabeth AvalosPrije 2 dana
  • i love you yasi and you are the best

    Jaka Gornik - FMJaka Gornik - FMPrije 2 dana
  • Why I don’t Get this British accent thing 🙂

    DilmiehDilmiehPrije 2 dana
  • I love Jessy. She could have handle this a lot better. Leaving the group for her mental health. That is fantastic. What rubs me the wrong way is that not even like 2 to 3 months she talking about her solo career. Kind feels like a middle fingers to the girl. Not because she wants to do music. I will support her new projects. She did it after confetti came out and mess a lot thing not only for the band other events in the future. Industry people plan thing months in advance for thing. Lets be 💯 she wanted a solo career. She just came out with that. I would understand that more. Instead of this mess.

    Plan3tmarcoPlan3tmarcoPrije 3 dana
  • "Aw, poor Jesy..." Bullsh**t! A Brit award don't mean much and it's certainly not as important as your health. She's beautiful, talented and resilient--I'm not worried about her. What she did took courage and self-awareness.; she could have just carried on and got more ill. Instead, she took control of her life and found her happy again--now that's someone to look up to

    Gilly WeatherstoneGilly WeatherstonePrije 3 dana
  • Balegdeh

    Yabbadoodle89Yabbadoodle89Prije 3 dana
  • She’s glowing ❤️

    D ParkD ParkPrije 3 dana
  • All the Little Mix members have their individual heartbreaking stories 💔

    Olamide AkinolaOlamide AkinolaPrije 3 dana
  • My take is that yes she is going to be compared with other ppl/criticized anyway group or solo. The difference is that she doesn't have to face those people she is compared with physically, on daily basis or actively work with them and be reminded of those comments. If there is something else going on it's not our place to judge. At the end she seems happy and I'm happy for her. Wish her and all the girls the best!

    Fah T.J.Fah T.J.Prije 3 dana
  • 💖🧡💜

    Dani HallingDani HallingPrije 3 dana
  • I know that Jesy struggles with mental health issues but it honestly seems like she just wanted to go solo. There was barely any hate towards her in the last 5-6 years. When I scroll through the comments, most people even say that she’s the best dancer in the group. It just doesn’t make sense to me. She should’ve been honest and flat out said that she wanted to go solo.

    Prim GrimmPrim GrimmPrije 3 dana
    • @Lethargic Panda Agreed!!

      Prim GrimmPrim GrimmPrije 16 sati
    • @Prim Grimm I agree... Wish she was more honest with us but oh well. Let’s just keep supporting Leigh Anne, Perrie, and Jade

      Lethargic PandaLethargic PandaPrije 17 sati
    • @Eloise Jesy said “she wasn’t thinking about it” because it was a natural move. She always wanted to continue music even after leaving Little Mix. So you are the one who didn’t understand it properly.

      Lethargic PandaLethargic PandaPrije 17 sati
    • @Eloise You’re the only who thinks that Jesy said she didn’t want to go solo.

      Prim GrimmPrim GrimmPrije 17 sati
    • @Eloise Pretty sure my message was clear so wdym by “say what you mean next time”? Anyway, I’m not underestimating or belittling her issues. Again, all I’m saying is that her statements about leaving LM doesn’t make any sense.

      Prim GrimmPrim GrimmPrije 17 sati
  • Excited for jesy's career and little mix's new music. I just want them all to thrive.

    So VidushiSo VidushiPrije 3 dana
  • I don't care what people think of her but she is soo much happy now and at peace I feel like leaving littlemix was a good decision for her like she's happy, being herself but I just love this girl the fact that she's even emphasizing with her haters is unseen before from any artist's because they normally just give hate back which is kind of hard not to, but emphasize with them the people that wanted you to just disappear wow is just so hard to do but she just did it which is just cute and so sweet so well done jesy I love you, I'm soo proud of you

    elle elleelle ellePrije 3 dana
  • I feel like she used her “mental health” to get out of Little Mix. Ever since her documentary came out, she changed and it acted like she was better than the group.

    C VC VPrije 3 dana
  • Dont give up jesy and dont let the nasty bullies get in your way!

    Channel of Fun!!!!Channel of Fun!!!!Prije 3 dana
  • But cannot wait for your new music I love you so much god bless you 🙏🙏🙏

    Nicola HodgesNicola HodgesPrije 3 dana
  • So sad you had to leave

    Nicola HodgesNicola HodgesPrije 3 dana
  • I wish her all the best please don’t get me wrong but it doesn’t make sense leaving LM because she’s can’t carry on with the industry and all around but she’s already out there making music and interviews! She just wanted to go solo and good for her but just say the true

    Fabian RuizFabian RuizPrije 3 dana
  • SHES A FRAUD!!

    Maree BowlerMaree BowlerPrije 3 dana
  • 2:36 I thought she would mention "Great Friendship" 😞

    Sai 27Sai 27Prije 3 dana
  • ♥️♥️♥️♥️ I love you Jesy, All the best for your future prospects 💋🎀

    suparna sarkarsuparna sarkarPrije 3 dana
  • When she said "its okay to cry and let your emotions out" hit straight 🤧🤍

    Ten_LhaTen_LhaPrije 3 dana
  • i'm so happy to see jesy mature, happy and doing what she likes best, i love you baby jess 😍😍

    Paulo SilvaPaulo SilvaPrije 3 dana
  • She looks so happy! :)

    dandelion 🦁dandelion 🦁Prije 3 dana
  • I love you Jesy , I will always Support you ♥️♥️

    osh_osh_Prije 3 dana
  • I tried to type something but I just couldn't explain how much I'm proud of her

    İpek Yenerİpek YenerPrije 3 dana
  • If all the other girls support Jessy then why have they re-recorded some of their songs to cut her her voice which is amazing btw

    Denise anne MullenDenise anne MullenPrije 3 dana
    • Because of legal reasons. She is not part of the group anymore so the girls won't be able to perform the songs if Jesy is on them.

      Silviya DimitrovaSilviya DimitrovaPrije dan
  • So the other 3 person on little mix leads her to mental breakdown so she quit and make her own music.. Yeah we get it.. sometimes you need to leave toxic person that leads to your mental breakdown🤗🤗.. we respect your decision 💕

    Jitthyr CanjaJitthyr CanjaPrije 3 dana
    • The other 3 girls have never been toxic to Jesy. They have always been there for her.

      Silviya DimitrovaSilviya DimitrovaPrije dan
    • better! 🤍🤍 we love u jesy

      dcoog anmldcoog anmlPrije 3 dana
  • Liam is truly the best, he understood why zayn left 1d, and he always wanted to be there for him. I’d understand why he reached out to jesy too🥺

    Denise CervantesDenise CervantesPrije 4 dana
    • @Yaz Pixi yh

      classic beaclassic beaPrije dan
    • But zayn left and you hardly see zayn perform solo or do tours soo there’s a big difference between him and Jesy. Jesy is like gagging For a solo performance and Brit but zayn comes out once a blue moon

      Yaz PixiYaz PixiPrije dan
  • look if you guys aren’t here to support her please exit stage right . jesy literally came out with a documentary on the shit she’s gone through. just the fact ALONE that some of you are believing the damn SUN and other gossip rags over the status of her PERSONAL relationships with the other girls is frankly creepy, obsessive and just all out invasive. you people aren’t mixers, your gossip worshippers. and this is exactly what your girls have been singing about for nearly a decade, and suddenly it’s not clicking that you guys have become what they despise

    Mychaela BeauregardMychaela BeauregardPrije 4 dana
    • @Prim Grimm she never said that she was taking a break from the spotlight, just that she was leaving the group. she never said she was leaving music either. Fans need to use their critical thinking skills .

      Mychaela BeauregardMychaela BeauregardPrije 7 sati
    • I think that the disappointment is coming from fans who thought that she wanted to take a break from the spotlight to focus on her private life. The truth is, it seems like Jesy just wanted to go solo and everything she said during her Little Mix exit was just an excuse to escape the band. That’s why fans are upset.

      Prim GrimmPrim GrimmPrije 3 dana
  • Jesy we love u so much❤️ please KNOW that mental health is the most important and im happy you put this first. QUEEN

    GeorgioGeorgioPrije 4 dana
  • The difference in her omg! You can just see her glowing in this video and she seems much more settled in this interview. What an important life lesson; prioritise your mental health.

    Max DMax DPrije 4 dana
  • Love this girl!😍😍😘😘

    Sahra BeautySahra BeautyPrije 4 dana
  • She was the best member anyway glad she’s solo

    Kill MeKill MePrije 4 dana
  • Jesy is the very first role model I've ever had, it feels so good to see how good she feels despite everything ♥ My first Queen ♥

    Bélynda ManiezBélynda ManiezPrije 4 dana
  • Fair play....Gooooo you 🥰 Think you've sussed it out now 👏👍

    Paula CrossPaula CrossPrije 4 dana
  • Gotta leave a ship 🚢 before it sinks I say - so 👏🏻 big up yourself Jess, you got off that ship, first , xx

    Bonnie BonBonnie BonPrije 4 dana
  • Jesu I am such a huge fan I don’t know why they would of said that it made me cry u done what’s good for u and that comes first I’ll miss u so much I’m sure Perrie and Leigh-Anne and jade will miss u so much we love you jesy

    Anaya-Marie Nevard-JervierAnaya-Marie Nevard-JervierPrije 4 dana
  • It's weird to see jesy alone without the girl honestly

    BRENDA MEEKSBRENDA MEEKSPrije 4 dana
  • I love her so much, thanks for this Vogue uk!

    Anabel CaraAnabel CaraPrije 4 dana
  • You are so brave and I thank God for your strength to at least not giving up on your dreams ☺️ I always loved little mix and no matter if all of u are going solo or whatever I believe that you going solo is destiny and all those who were doubting or hating on u are just watching a star on the rise. Always remember that u are courageous and beautiful ❤️❤️ and little mix will always be little mix all of you are beautiful stars in my eyes I wish all of you the best. Remember while you live your dreams and endure what u endured at the same time u are giving those people a voice who are afraid of speaking up for whatever reason and also to those who are speaking up but can't be heard. Go Jesy go Jesy

    Elangele ElangeleElangele ElangelePrije 4 dana
  • Queen! I’ll never understand why people hate on her because of her body! Her body is so beautiful like all others and I love her! I hope she comes back after her mental health is better! 🤍🤍 we love u jesy

    Arianas MixArianas MixPrije 4 dana
    • her saying that.. I literally smiled, cried and clapped at the same time. I love Jesy, if she's happy now let's just support her. It's clear in this video she's so excited about what's

      yasio boloyasio boloPrije 4 dana
  • i like jesy.. I would like to support her solo music. But to be honest im not happy that she left little mix and go solo bcoz i really thought she dont want to be on the limelight anymore...

    Weena the ExplorerWeena the ExplorerPrije 4 dana
    • It wasn't that, it was more as much as she loved the other girls, she said being in a group wasn't good for her mental health. She was torn apart by "fans" who would compare her looks and weight to the other girls, calling her the fat and ugly one. She started to believe it.

      purpledragonfly4purpledragonfly4Prije 4 dana
  • Ok but she is GORGEOUUSSSS

    Alyssa’s tongue popAlyssa’s tongue popPrije 4 dana
  • I have never seen anyone hating her tbh. Neither anyone comparing her.

    Kal ElKal ElPrije 4 dana
  • She does know that being a solo artist has more added pressure to it right? She hates being compared? She will now be compared to OTHER MASSIVE SOLO ARTISTS. She is sub par at best and can't even sing that well. And she is over here worried about comparisons among BAND MATES which isn't even a thing (been following them for years and they MAY get compared to other girl groups but barely to one another). Those are her FRIENDS. She threw them under the bus under the guise of being mentally tired only to tire herself even more. She is so worked up about being called by trolls as the FAT ONE in the band without realizing they will STILL call her that regardless if she was with a group or not. What is wrong with this woman.

    Gladys FranciscoGladys FranciscoPrije 4 dana
    • SPILL THE TEA HUN 👏🏻

      Prim GrimmPrim GrimmPrije 3 dana
  • I just feel bad for her because she’s genuinely excited for her new path in life and im happy for her but i dont think she realizes that shes still going to get compared to other people, she will also have to deal with press and dealing with being famous. Now instead of the haters saying shes “the fat one of little mix” its going to be that shes “ugly” “fat” and its truly heartbreaking.

    Sydney GertsemaSydney GertsemaPrije 4 dana
    • Of course she realizes this but it’s different being compared to someone and or them just saying things to you alone.

      Matt QuintanaMatt QuintanaPrije dan