Jesy Nelson who left hugely successful girl group Little Mix last year has compared the band to 'a machine'.

The iconic girl-band formed on the hit ITV show the X-Factor in 2011, consisting of other members Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall, who went on to become arguably one of the most successful acts to leave the show.

Jesy has been open about her battle with her mental health issues over the years, and how being in Little Mix has affected her.

In 2019, the pop singer made a documentary with the BBC 'Odd One Out' where she discussed how vicious trolling after the show and comparing herself to her other band members lead her to starving herself and attempting suicide.

After this documentary aired, and Jesy began to miss events with the other Little Mix girls fans began to fear she was stepping down from the band, which was in fact the case.

Speaking to Reign with Josh Smith, Jesy revealed: "People don’t realise how hard it is to be in a girl band’ and that she ‘couldn’t switch off’.

She said: "I mean I feel like some people won’t understand it and will think this is a bit dramatic, but just little things like being able to wear what I want to wear… when it came to little things, like if we had to do a video and everyone had to wear bikinis and I didn’t want to wear a bikini because I felt like s**t, I couldn’t not.

Jesy Nelson at the 2020 National Television Awards at London's O2 Arena
Jesy Nelson at the 2020 National Television Awards at London's O2 Arena

"It’s just the little things like that, that would make me feel trapped.

"And I know that can sound quite dramatic, but I feel like unless you’re in it, you won’t ever understand it.

"And it was just the constant comparison every single day that was hard and that eventually, after 10 years, takes a massive toll on your mental health. I think that’s what people don’t understand.’

Jesy continued: "I feel like now I’ve obviously got a lot more freedom. Being in Little Mix is literally like a machine. You don’t have any time off. You can’t switch off.

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Little Mix, Leigh-Anne Pinncok, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson and Jade Thirlwall, filming the Graham Norton Show
Little Mix, Leigh-Anne Pinncok, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson and Jade Thirlwall, filming the Graham Norton Show

"Even when you go home, your phone is constantly going off about work and your life is planned out."

Jesy admitted that Little Mix’s historic Brit Awards win for best group this year was the perfect way to end her journey, explaining: "I had honestly the most incredible memories with Little Mix.

"We laughed so much, they are, they’re like my sisters. Obviously them getting the number one with Sweet Melody and the Brit Award is everything they deserve.

"I was so happy for them when they won that Brit Award because they f**king deserve it."