Lorraine praises Little Mix Jesy Nelson for working in ‘ruthless’ music industry

Lorraine Kelly has praised Jesy Nelson for being 'very open' about her decision to quit Little Mix.

Jesy stunned fans on Monday evening by confirming that after nine years she would be living the group to focus on her mental health.

Speaking on her ITV show on Tuesday , Lorraine stressed being a singer isn't as glitz and glam as it looks.

Lorraine said: "There are a lot of people who want to be famous.

"Looking at what Jesy has gone through… before they didn't have social media like they do now.

"The thing about being in girl or boy group is you have to work your butt off.

"It's not just about wearing designer suits and gowns you have to work really hard – it is tough."

Stressing that there has never been a more gruelling time to be a pop star, the Scottish host added: "Pressure is much more now that it has ever been because of social media.

"Even if you get to the top, if you don't get number one single or album there is no slack, it is brutal.

"People say politics is ruthless but the music business is ruthless."

Referencing Jesy's NTA winning BBC doc Odd One Out in which she tragically confirmed she tried to take her own life in the early years of Little Mix due to extensive trolling, Lorraine added: "She had been very very open about mental health struggles with her documentary – so helpful to so many people."

In an emotional statement, Jesy said: "To all my Mixers, the past nine years in Little Mix has been the most incredible time of my life. We have achieved things I never thought possible. From winning our first Brit Award to our sold out shows at the O2.

"Making friends and fans all over the world 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.

"There comes a time in life when we need to reinvest in taking care of ourselves rather than focusing on making other people happy, and I feel like now is the time to begin that process.

"So after much consideration and with a heavy heart, I'm announcing I'm leaving Little Mix."

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The Shout Out To My Ex singer 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.

"I want to say thank you to everyone involved in our journey. All the hard work and dedication that went into making us a success.

"To every single fan who came to see us in concert, who listened to our songs and sung their hearts out, sent me messages and supported me along the way I want you to know I love you all so much and I could never have done this without you and I appreciate it endlessly.

"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."

Little Mix have confirmed that their 2021 UK wide tour will go ahead as planned as three with, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards all not ready to call it quits just yet.

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