Taking a break. Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall have announced that they’ll be taking a break from Little Mix after their 2022 tour.
“We wanted to let you all know that after the Confetti tour in April/May next year we are going to be taking a break from Little Mix,” the group shared in a statement via Twitter in December 2020. “We are not splitting up — Little Mix are here to stay. We have plans for more music, tours and performances in the future. We’ve made so many incredible memories with you all, and we can’t wait to make so many more.”
Their announcement came amid split rumors from fans nearly one year after Jesy Nelson announced her departure from the girl group.
The band, known for their single “Wings,” was formed during season 8 of U.K.’s The X Factor and went on to win the reality competition series. Since then, they’ve released six studio albums — DNA, Salute, Get Weird, Glory Days, LM5 and Confetti. But in December 2020, Jesy announced that she was leaving the group.
“After an amazing 9 years together Jesy has made the decision to leave Little Mix. This is an incredibly sad time for all of us but we are fully supportive of Jesy,” Little Mix shared in a social media statement at the time. “We love her very much and agree that it is so important that she does what is right for her mental health and well-being. We are still very much enjoying our Little Mix journey and the 3 of us are not ready for it to be over.”
She went on to launch a solo music career and spoke out about her departure.
“I haven’t spoken to the girls,” Jesy admitted to Glamour U.K. in an October 2021 interview. “It is weird because for so many years we were as close as sisters, together every hour of the day for weeks, sharing beds, laughing, crying just 24/7 the four of us together and then … Nothing.”
While the remaining three member off the band have stayed together and released the Between Us greatest hits album in November 2021, fans had wondered if they have plans to stick together or pursue their own careers outside of Little Mix.
“I think it’s incredible, for not only a pop act, but a girl band to have been around for 10 years and to have achieved all the things we’ve achieved,” Jade told Interview Magazine in November 2021. “It still blows my mind, it honestly doesn’t sink in properly, ever. I’m so grateful for each day of it, and am honestly still genuinely loving it. I think back then, when I was first put in the band, I knew it was special — it almost felt, as cheesy as it sounds, like fate. I just had a good feeling about it, but I never thought it would be this big.”
While the girls have discussed branching out from Little Mix, Jade seemingly shut down any split speculation when chatting with Apple Music 1’s Rebecca Judd in November 2021.
“[In] 10 years time. I don’t know,” she shared. “Well, obviously, I think that Little Mix will still be around. We’re always going to have each other.”
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