Jess Glynne returns after 'tragic' few years including death of friend

Jess Glynne is making a comeback after suffering through a ‘tragic’ few years.

The star has multiple hit songs under her belt, but has been quiet of late – and this is all set to change.

Hold My Hand singer Jess has teased a brand new single in the hopes of adding to her seven number one tracks, revealing this is a project she had embarked on on her own after grappling with grief.

Taking to Instagram, she explained she wanted to ‘re-introduce myself, adding: ‘It has been a while, a lot of time has passed and a lot has changed.

‘In 2021 I lost a friend in a really tragic way and it has changed the way I see and feel life.

I was deeply unhappy and I was so lost in my career and I felt trapped by people who didn’t believe in me during such a sensitive time.’

She added: ‘I made a decision to walk away from all that negativity and start again because I saw how short life is and how important it is to look after you.

‘This was probably one of the toughest, scariest things I have ever done and at the time I had no idea how it would work out but I had to put my happiness and my mental health first no matter what. These past years have been the most trialling on me emotionally and physically but I feel as though they have made me the best version of myself.

‘I was out in LA alone pushing through and I was finally inspired by the journey I had been on and the path in front wasn’t so scary. I began writing again with new people.’

Finishing up with a flair of optimism, Jess said she felt ‘so lucky to finally be surrounded by such excited, caring people who allow me to be my authentic self. I hope this album holds your hand and this side of me is the Jess I want you to get to know.’

The Take Me Home singer had previously been with Atlantic Records, but left in January 2022 and went on to sign with Roc Nation; this would be her first release from her new label.

And while it’s been a while since Jess was on the charts, her fans – and famous friends – are beyond ready for her return, with the musician flooded with supportive messages after her announcement.

Fellow musician Professor Green post a heart and fire emoji and declared he was ‘ready,’ while another said they were sending ‘loads of love,’ adding ‘the risks on the road to happiness are everything.’

Another thanked Jess for sharing ‘such a personal thought’ and said they were ‘so ready’ for new music, while yet another said they were ‘so incredibly proud.’

Jess has returned to Instagram following a brief stint off social media in 2021, when she deleted both her Twitter and Instagram after reportedly suffering abuse from trolls.

The star was allegedly told to ‘go die, bitch’ by cruel trolls after she used a derogatory slur on a podcast, which she later apologised for. However it was claimed at the time that the abuse online left her feeling ‘upset and vulnerable’.

It was a year before Jess returned to socials, doing so with a brand new music video – but not for her music, for Beyonce’s Break My Soul, which at the time – and still – doesn’t have any visuals.

Her version of the track featured her own lyrics and a slight reworking of the vocals.

‘Made a few cutbacks, had a few setbacks, girl had to realign. Thought I would react but I’m back on track, everything great takes time,’ Jess sang, likely referring to her cutting ties with her label.

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