Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall says The X Factor ‘could do more’ for mental health
Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall has said The X Factor "could do more" for the contestants' mental health and admitted the band needed therapy after winning the show.
The band won Simon Cowell's reality TV show back in 2011, and Jade has revealed all the members of the band struggled after they found instant fame.
During an appearance at the British LGBT Awards 2019 in London tonight, she said X Factor bosses could have done more to help.
She told The Sun Online : "We were only 18 or 19 when we got thrown into the industry and it is a lot to handle.
"Maybe there could have been a bit more in place for mental health, we all have suffered in some way…
"We've all gone through moments with our mental health, whether it's talking to someone, getting therapy."
The band shot to fame back in 2011 when she made it through the auditions to win a place on the reality TV show.
Jade was put together with three other singers, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jesy Nelson to form Rhythmix.
They won the show and were later rebranded as Little Mix.
Jade's comments come after a series of reality TV tragedies, including the shock suicide of two Love Island contestants, Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, and the death of a Jeremy Kyle guest.
The Jeremy Kyle Show has been cancelled in light of Steve Dymond's passing, but Love Island is still scheduled to air as planned on June 4.
X Factor is returning to TV later this year as an all-star version.
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