Pop Idol original Pete Waterman says Jesy Nelson’s exit from the group could spell the beginning of the end
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Little Mix think they are bigger than their music and Jesy Nelson’s exit spells the beginning of the end, says pop expert Pete Waterman.
Pete, one of the original judges on Pop Idol, the show which launched X Factor and a host of other music reality shows, has said the groups downfall is only natural – as he compared the trio to the Spice Girls.
Speaking to The Sun, the former Kylie manager, explained the timeline of girlbands.
He said: “In the beginning the music comes out . . . punch, bang, and you fit the image. And if you’re fighting for your place in that band, it becomes a battle of attrition for who’s got the most publicity. And then one of them leaves, like Geri Halliwell did.
“It’s the trap most of these types of bands fall into. The girls think they’re bigger than the music they create and the band fails.”
He said: “They’ve changed. They became characters, and they’re fighting within themselves. At the end of the day, there’s always going to be friction and when it comes to the likes of Little Mix, you’ve got very strong characters all fighting.”
Jesy, announced her departure from the group in February, citing mental health reasons.
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In a searingly honest post, she wrote: “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 the process.”
She added the turning point was filming a music video when she had a panic attack.
She said: “We’d been in lockdown, and it was the first time I could have a break and be at home around people that I love. It was the happiest I’d ever felt and I didn’t realise that until I went back to work. I immediately became a different person.
“I had anxiety. Whenever we have a music video I put an enormous amount of pressure on myself to try and lose weight. I have a fear of looking back on the camera. If I don’t like what I see, I find it so hard to be in front of the camera and feel amazing and perform.
“I’d been in lockdown, and I’d put on a bit of weight but I didn’t care. And they said, ‘you’ve got a music video in a couple of weeks’ and I just panicked. I went on this extreme diet, with bloody shakes, and tried to eat as little as possible. On the day of the Sweet Melody video I had a panic attack on set because I didn’t look how I wanted to look and I found it so hard to just be happy and enjoy myself.
“There’s a scene in Sweet Melody I’m not in because that’s when I had a panic attack and broke down. I was like, ‘I just want to go home.’”
Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock vowed to carry on the group. Both Perrie and Leigh-Anne have since given birth.
Mirror Online has contacted Little Mix for comment.