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Jesy Nelson has confirmed she is taking an 'extended break' from Little Mix.

The announcement comes after the singer has missed several appearances with the band including the final of their BBC One talent show The Search and their hosting gig at the MTV European Music Awards.

A spokesperson for the group confirmed: "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."

Fans had been sharing their concerns for Jesy after she became a noticeable absence at more than one of Little Mix's high profile appearances in recent weeks.

Jesy is taking an extended break from Little Mix
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Jesy is taking a break from her commitments with the band
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It was first reported that she would not be joining bandmates Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards for the final of their talent show The Search earlier this month.

At the time a representative of the band said that Jesy was too 'unwell' to appear in the studio.

They told viewers: "Jesy is unwell and will not be appearing on tonight’s final of Little Mix: The Search.

“She will also not be hosting or performing at tomorrow’s MTV EMAs,” they revealed.

Leigh-Anne, Jade and Perrie appeared on The Search final without Jesy earlier this month
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They also hosted the MTV EMA's as a threesome
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Jesy became a household name as a member of Little Mix back in 2011 when they were formed on The X Factor, before going on to make history as the first group to win the show.

Since then the fouresome have gone on to become one of the biggest selling girlband's in UK history.

While their 2020 tour had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Little Mix have continued to work tirelessly over the last 11 months with the release of their sixth studio album Confetti along with four singles and accompanying music vidoes.

As well as recording new material, the band also began filming their own reality TV music series The Search, which began airing on BBC One in September.

Jesy joined Jade, Perrie and Leigh-Anne for the live shows but did not appear for the final, where band September were crowned the overall winners.

The star, who usually  boasts an active social media presence, has not posted to Instagram since she got dressed up in costume for Halloween in October.

Jesy has not posted anything to social media since her Halloween costume reveal in October
(Image: jesynelson/Instagram)

Jesy is dating Our Girl actor Sean Sagar
(Image: Instagram)

A few weeks before Jesy took to the site to confirm her relationship with Our Girl actor Sean Sagar.

The pair had been rumoured to be dating after fans noticed them exchanging a series of flirty exchanges back and forth before they finally made things official.

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