The former Little Mix member speaks candidly about her decision to leave the girl group, saying she feels “huge pressure” to be constantly compared to her band mates.
The 29-year-old singer, who is now embarking on a solo career, reveals A direction The star was one of the first people to contact her after announcing she was leaving the girl group in late 2020.
“A few members of the group contacted me,” she said. “One Direction’s Liam Payne was one of them. He actually sent me a really nice message, just saying if I ever wanted to talk he would always be there, which was really lovely.”
Nelson left the girl group to focus on a series of personal mental health issues and, in a new interview with Cosmopolitan, she opens up a bit more about her decision, recalling that her breaking point came on the set. the band’s music video for their 2020 single, “Sweet Melody”.
“On the day of the Sweet Melody video, I had a panic attack on set, because I didn’t look what I wanted to look like and found it so hard to just be happy and to have fun. I was sobbing in the dressing room, “she shared.
“Someone very close to me said, ‘This has to stop. You can’t keep doing this to yourself. You’re going to end up where you were before.’ ”
“For me that was the highlight. I was like, ‘I have to start taking care of myself now because it’s not healthy. “It wasn’t nice for the other three to be with someone who didn’t want to be there. So I took a break.”
And when she finally decided to move away from Little Mix for good, Nelson remembers feeling a huge wave of relief.
“It was a mixture of emotions,” she explained. “I was sad, but at the same time, mentally, I felt free and like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders because for me I felt enormous pressure to be in a girl group.”
“The hardest part about being in a girl group for me was being constantly compared to three other girls and not feeling good enough.”
Nelson was recently spotted in the recording studio working on new solo material and reports suggest that a handful of top labels are struggling to land her as an artist.