Jesy Nelson has taken a series of savage swipes at her former band Little Mix.

The singer quit the girl band in December 2020, leaving Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards to continue on as a trio, as she confessed at the time being in the group had taken a toll on her mental health.

Opening up about life in the group, Jesy has now admitted there were "disagreements" as she explained how "hard" it was being in a girl group.

"I had times and moments when I really loved it, but it felt like there were way more times that I was sad than I was happy," she told the Reign With Josh Smith podcast.

Jesy Nelson branded Little Mix as a 'machine' on the Reign With Josh Smith podcast (


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"I don’t think people realise how hard it is to be in a girl band. There’s a lot that comes with it that people don’t know about.

"And obviously I don’t get to make my own decisions. Three people have to agree as well, so there would always be disagreements on certain things."

Jesy also called Little Mix a "machine", revealing she could never switch off and had her life planned out for her.

"I feel a lot of people think that it’s selfish I’ve left the group. It was ten years of my life that I was very unhappy with and I needed to take myself out of that and genuinely do what’s going to make me happy," she explained.

Jesy quit Little Mix in December 2020 (


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She continued: "Some people may not understand that, but you live once and you have to do what makes you happy.

"Being in Little Mix is literally like a machine. You don’t have any time off. You can’t switch off. Even when you go home, your phone is constantly going off about work and your life is planned out."

Jesy previously described how she suffered panic attacks and winded up back in hospital before she quit the band.

Jesy is now embarking on her own solo music career (


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But her debut single Boyz has been delayed

She returned to work after the lockdown to film the Sweet Melody music video, but after enjoying herself eating what she wanted during her time at home, she was scared to put on a bikini for the video.

"I went back to work and was really down about myself," she told The Guardian.

"I did the music video and had a panic attack, and it was pretty mental that day. God, I haven't really spoken about it and I'm getting upset ... After the video I just got back in a really dark place and ended up back in hospital. That was when my mum said, 'No more.'"

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