Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall shared a cryptic message with her followers just hours before her friend and bandmate Jesy Nelson confirmed she is taking an "extended break" from the group.

Jade took to her Instagram Story last night to share a quote that her boyfriend Jordan Stephens, who is in Rizzle Kicks, posted.

The lengthy quote started: "It rarely feels like it, but the pain eases. It fades. It flashes. It curls like the first bit of butter. Melts on the toast. Compliments the heaviness."

It continued: "It gets stuck in your gut. Does cartwheels. Tells you nasty stories. Reminds you of itself. Tricks you into not treating others like you wish you could.

Jesy is taking an extended break from Little Mix for 'private medical reasons'

"Tries to leave. Pretends to leave. Tastes like s**t. Gets stuck at the lights. Doesn't indicate. Arrives. Leaves. Breathes. Morphs into joy. Blossoms. Digs. Lies about time.

"Folds into your pocket. Gets lighter. Becomes unremarkable. Catches you in mid-air. Tries to be mysterious but often fails. Wonderfully, it beats itself with experience.

"Learns the words to its greatest hits. Switches on its blueprint. If you listen, it'll tell you the answers. Decipher its own echo.

Jade shared a cryptic message about pain on her Instagram Story

"The deepest cuts are the best ones on the album. They don't ask for approval. Take longer to love. Pain's a palette cleanser. A ticket out of delusion. It's hard when you're in it. But we learn. We grow. It fades. It flashes."

The cryptic message failed to confirm what exactly it was referring to, but it came only a short while before Jesy's news.

She will be taking an extended break from her Little Mix commitments due to medical reasons, which she is keeping private.

A spokesperson for the singer said: "Jesy is having extended time off from Little Mix for private medical reasons."

This comes after Jesy sparked concern by missing several appearances with the band, including the final of their new show The Search.

She also missed their hosting at the MTV Europe Music Awards, with Perrie Edwards, Jade, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock going as a trio.