Little Mix fans fear history is repeating itself as Jesy’s absence ‘mirrors’ Zayn’s exit from One Direction

LITTLE Mix fans have voiced their fears that history is repeating itself as Jesy’s absence ‘mirrors’ Zayn’s exit from One Direction.

Their concerns come as the band’s management confirmed Jesy’s time off from the award-winning group.

Jesy, 29, has been absent from the group for a fortnight, having pulled out of the final of their BBC TV show The Search plus their hosting slot on the MTV European Music Awards.

Remaining members Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock have been operating as a trio, after Jesy was signed off for private medical reasons.

One fan wrote on Twitter: "yoo the whole jesy lm thing…. war flashbacks to zayn leaving".

While another commented: "If history’s any guide, a band member taking an “extended break” spells the end.

"Jesy is the Zayn of Little Mix, Jade will be the Harry."

One added: "i reckon perrie will end up on the west end with a power voice like hers".

Just like Little Mix, One direction – made up of Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson – were formed on The X Factor.

In 2015, after five years together as a group, Zayn announced he was leaving but the band continued to perform as a four piece.

By 2017, all members had released solo material, with the band on an indefinite hiatus.

As fans of Little Mix get to grips with the news It's also been revealed the pop superstars are set to go solo.

Perrie, Jade and Leigh-Anne have each been involved in secret plans to launch individual careers next year at the end of their existing deal.

They have been quietly meeting with new managers, agents and industry bosses.

Jesy is also in talks over plans for her own solo career which will resume as soon as she's feeling better.

Meanwhile Perrie and Jade, both 27, are looking at solo music projects while 29-year-old Leigh-Anne is thought to be discussing TV ideas.

A source explained: “The girls have been open and honest with each other, and with their current management team.

“They have started discussions with some prospective managers and agents about what their solo careers might look like.

“Some of the girls might end up taking on solo projects with their current management team too.

“But this isn’t about ending the band, it’s about looking to the future."

The source explained: “They’re talking about trying to emulate Take That, where each member has been able to drift out at times and work on their own projects, but come together at other times to tour and work as a group again.

“They love the band and all that they’ve achieved, and still get on very well as great friends.

“There is absolutely no fall-out between them and they’re all supportive of each other doing new things. It’s an exciting time.”

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