Jesy Nelson taking ‘extended’ break from Little Mix

Jesy Nelson is taking an "extended" break from Little Mix for private medical reasons.

The singer, 29, confirmed the news through a statement from the band's management.

Nelson has missed a number of public appearances in recent weeks including the final of Little Mix's BBC One talent show The Search and a performance at the MTV European Music Awards.

A statement from Little Mix's publicist Simon Jones said: "Jesy is having extended time off from Little Mix for private medical reasons. We will not be issuing any further comment currently and ask media to please respect her privacy at this time."

It is not known what is wrong with Nelson or how unwell she is.

Her hiatus comes shortly after the release of Confetti, Little Mix's sixth studio album and first since departing Simon Cowell's label Syco.

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British girl band member of Little Mix, Jesy Nelson, poses for photographs during a photo call to unveil their make up range, at a hotel in London, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Band members Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, of Little Mix, pose for photographers upon arrival at the Global Gift Gala in London, Thursday, March 7, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Jesy Nelson of Little Mix poses for photographers upon arrival at the Brit Awards in London, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
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Jesy Nelson of Little Mix poses for photographers upon arrival at the Brit Awards in London, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Photo by: KGC-130/STAR MAX/IPx 2018 10/11/18 Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards of Little Mix visits BBC Radio One Studios to promote their new single in London, England.
Jesy Nelson of Little Mix poses for photographers upon arrival at the Brit Awards 2018 in London, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
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Perrie Edwards, from left, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, of Little Mix, perform at the Kids' Choice Awards at the Galen Center on Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Members of the group Little Mix from left, Perry Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirwall and Leigh-Ann Pinnock accept the award for Best British Single on stage at the Brit Awards 2017 in London, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
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Band member of music group Little Mix, Jesy Nelson poses for photographers during a photo call before signing copies of their book ‘Our World’, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Jesy Nelson of British band Little Mix performs on the Virgin Media Stage as part of the V Festival at Hylands Parks, Chelmsford, Sunday, Aug 21, 2016. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/Ap)
Jade Thirlwall, from left, Jesy Nelson and Perrie Edwards of British band Little Mix perform as part of the V Festival at Hylands Parks, Chelmsford, Sunday, Aug 21, 2016. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Jade Thirlwall, from left to right, Leigh Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards and Jesy Nelson of British band Little Mix perform on the Virgin Media Stage as part of the V Festival at Hylands Parks, Chelmsford, Sunday, Aug 21, 2016. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Band members of music group Little Mix, from left, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards pose for photographers before performing on stage at the Capital FM Summertime Ball, in London, Saturday June 11, 2016. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Leigh-Anne Pinnock, from left, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson and Jade Thirlwall of the group Little Mix visit the Q102 Performance Theater on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Jesy Nelson of the group Little Mix visits the Q102 Performance Theater on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Jesy Nelson of Little Mix participates in a global live-streamed fan event, hosted by NBCUniversal and AOL, at the Peacock Lounge at 30 Rockefeller Plaza on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Jesy Nelson of Little Mix participates in a global live-streamed fan event, hosted by NBCUniversal and AOL, at the Peacock Lounge at 30 Rockefeller Plaza on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Little Mix members, from left, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson and Jade Thirlwall perform on NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Leigh-Anne Pinnock, from left, Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards and Jesy Nelson, of Little Mix, winner of the award for choice music: breakout artist, pose in the press room at the Teen Choice Awards at the Galen Center on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Liegh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards and Jesy Nelson of Little Mix pose for photographers for a photo call after performing at Isle of Wight Festival in Newport on the Isle of Wight on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Thousands of people are to attend the three day event with headliners, the Stone Roses, the Killers and Bon Jovi.(Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP)
From left, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix arrive for the Jingle Bell Ball on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in London. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Girl band Little Mix, from left, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall are seen backstage at BBC's Children in Need at Television Centre on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, in London. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision for Children in Need/AP Images)
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Two weeks ago, Nelson failed to appear during the live final of Little Mix The Search.

And last week she was absent from the MTV EMAs where Little Mix's three other members – Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock – appeared as holograms.

During the virtual ceremony, they performed their hit Sweet Melodies, which was filmed in London.

The band are scheduled to embark on a UK tour next April after initially postponing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Little Mix formed on The X Factor in 2011 and have become one of the country's biggest-selling girl bands.

They left Syco Music for the RCA label in November 2018.

Cowell later launched another version of The X Factor, called The Band, to rival the girl group's The Search.

Nelson has spoken openly about her battle with anxiety and previously revealed in a BBC documentary called Odd One Out that abuse on social media got so bad she attempted to take her own life.

The programme won her the award for best factual entertainment at the 2020 National Television Awards.

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