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by Emma Dodds |

Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock - better known as Little Mix - are one of the biggest and most beloved girl bands in the world! Having performed 'The Last Show (For Now...)', which was streamed online, ending their 'Confetti' tour, the girls gave an emotional message as they started their hiatus.

After meeting on The X Factor in 2011, the girls have gone on to win British Group at The BRIT Awards 2021, and be nominated for British Group at The BRITs 2022. They also released a huge collab 'Kiss My (Uh Oh) with Anne-Marie AND dropped their 10-year anniversary album 'Between Us'.

Between Us' featured old hits as well as new tracks. The album was released on 12th November 2021, including singles 'Love (Sweet Love)', 'Between Us' and 'No'.

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After being the first ever group to win The X Factor, Jade, Perrie and Leigh-Anne have gone from strength to strength in their Little Mix career, winning awards left, right and centre, so it's no surprise the girls announced they taking a break following their 'Confetti' tour in 2022.

Jade, Perrie and Leigh-Anne appeared on The One Show during the week of their final ever show, titled The Last Show (For Now...), where they fought back the tears when asked about what's next.

Jade commented: "No matter what we do going forwards, we’ve got each other to support each other through that.

"This is all we’ve known. Our whole adult lives, we’ve been in this group together, supporting each other, and that’s not going to change once we start doing our own thing in the future."

Are Little Mix splitting up?

Little Mix ARE NOT splitting up! However, the girls are now on a hiatus.

On Thursday 2nd December 2021, Little Mix released a statement to confirm they will be taking a break from the band to pursue solo projects after their 'Confetti' tour in April/May 2022.

The band said: '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. It’s been 10 amazing years, a wonderful non-stop adventure, and we feel the time is right to take a break so we can recharge and work on some other projects.

'We can’t thank you enough for your love and never-ending support since the beginning. We love you all SO much.

'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.

'We’re sisters and we’ll always have each other and you, the fans, in our lives. Little Mix is forever ♥️ See you on tour! Jade, Leigh-Anne and Perrie x'. (sic)

Now that the 'Confetti' tour has finished, they have started their hiatus.

Have Little Mix ever split up before?

No, Little Mix have never broken up as a band. Since winning The X Factor in 2011, the girls have worked non-stop. They once said that they would not go on as a trio if one of them left, with Jade saying: "I can't see us ever feuding. Or getting back together without one of us being involved. People know we’re friends. It's not fake with us, you can just tell."

Leigh-Anne agreed: "If one of us didn’t want to come back with us, we couldn’t do it. Even the Spice Girls - who came back without Victoria - they could do it. But we couldn’t do it."

Little Mix's album 'Between Us'

As the Little Mix girls celebrated their 10th anniversary on 19th August 2021, they brought joy to their fans' hearts as they announced a surprise album called 'Between Us'! The album was released on 12th November 2021, and contains old Little Mix hits, as well as some brand new tracks for us all to enjoy.

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When was Little Mix's 10th anniversary?

Little Mix formed on The X Factor way back on the 19th August 2011, meaning the girls celebrated their 10th anniversary as a band on Thursday 19th August 2021.

What did Little Mix do in lockdown?

Little Mix stayed busy in lockdown, releasing 'Break Up Song', 'Holiday' and 'Sweet Melody'! They also had their very own TV show called Little Mix: The Search, and although they were forced to cancel their 2020 Summer Tour due to the global pandemic, they performed a virtual gig called 'UNCancelled' and announced their 'Confetti' tour!

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What is Little Mix's new single called?

Little Mix do not currently have a new single as the band are having a hiatus.

On 12th November 2021, the same day their album 'Between Us' dropped, Little Mix released their track 'No', along with an amazing music video. The song was written by the group alongside Tre Jean-Marie, MNEK and Camille.

WATCH: Little Mix 'No' official music video:

When are Little Mix on tour next?

Little Mix have now finished their 'Confetti' tour.

The tour was originally due to take place in May 2021, but thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic, which also saw their 2020 Summer Hits Tour cancelled, the girls rescheduled for April 2022.

Little Mix performed at venues in Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Cardiff, London and Glasgow, the girls performed some of their biggest hits including songs from their upcoming album, ‘Holiday’ and ‘Break Up Song’.

This tour was the last before the band started their hiatus.

Find out more about the 'Confetti' tour right here, and take a look at their 'Confetti' tour set list.

Why did Little Mix cancel their Summer Tour?

In mid-April 2020, Little Mix released a statement announcing they've been forced to cancel their 2020 Summer Hits Tour due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Why did Jesy Nelson leave Little Mix?

Little Mix's publicist announced that Jesy was taking some time out of Little Mix due to personal health reasons: 'Little Mix Statement: Jesy is having extended time off from Little Mix for private medical reasons. We will not be issuing any further comment currently and ask media to please respect her privacy at this time.'

A month later, the girls released another statement confirming Jesy had decided to leave. Little Mix tweeted: '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.'

Jesy later followed up the group's statement with her own saying: 'To all my Mixers, the past nine years in Little Mix has been the most incredible time of my life. We have achieved things I never thought possible. From winning our first BRIT Award to our sold out shows at the O2.

'Making friends and fans all over the world I can't thank you all enough from the bottom of my heart for making me fee like the luckiest girl in the world. You have always been there to support and encourage me and I will never ever forget it.'

Check out Little Mix's amazing career through the years:

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Little Mix Through the years stacked

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After being put into a group by Kelly Rowland on The X Factor in 2011, the Little Mix girls rocked denim and trainers as they posed at the Judges Houses' stage of the competition.

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Throughout their time on The X Factor, Jade, Perrie, Jesy and Leigh-Anne stuck with the same 'colour and prints' theme for performances, each making an identify for themselves.

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Attending the Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 premiere in 2011 with their X Factor mentor Tulisa, the Little Mix girls dressed up in stunning LBDs.

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After winning The X Factor ahead of Marcus Collins, Little Mix started to make an identity as a band, co-coordinating their outfits both on stage and at events.

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One year on from their historic win on The X Factor, Little Mix returned to perform their brand new single, looking more grown up.

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At the launch for Little Mix's debut album 'DNA', Jade, Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jesy looked stunning in black outfits.

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All of the Little Mix girls have experimented with their hair colours, but in 2013 Perrie went for purple, whilst Jade was rocking the colour blue.

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Attending their first ever BRIT Awards in 2013, Little Mix dressed up for the occasion, all wearing totally different outfits.

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Experimenting even further with her hair in 2013, Perrie changed her look from purple to dip dye pink later in the year.

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Perrie couldn't resist getting into the Disney spirit in 2015 when she made a trip to Disneyland Paris!

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After taking some time off to work on their new album, Little Mix returned in 2016 with a brand new look. Looking a lot more grown up, the girls started to wear a lot more custom-designed outfits on stage.

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Walking the red carpet ahead of their first ever BRIT Awards performance, Little Mix oozed glamour as they invited their mums along for the party.

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That same night the girls took to the stage in matching green and black outfits to give an incredible performance of their hit song 'Black Magic'.

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After taking more of an interest in fashion, attending various fashion events with her band mate Jade Thirlwal, Leigh-Anne started to take inspiration, wearing this cute number for her birthday in 2017.

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After receiving some harsh criticism online for some of the more risqué outfits, Little Mix wore suits for their performance of 'Power' during The X Factor finals in 2017.

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Little Mix embraced the race driving theme brilliantly in 2017 when they performed at F1 Live in London.

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The girls attended the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles in 2017, rocking the red carpet with their different outfit choices.

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Looking completely stunning, Jade, Leigh-Anne, Jesy and Perrie rocked the red carpet at the 2018 BRIT Awards. Whilst most fans loved their look, Jesy, Jade and Perrie were quick to mock Leigh-Anne for wearing her 'dressing gown'.

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Little Mix stars Leigh-Anne and Jade attended The British Fashion Awards in 2018, wearing stunning dresses to the prestigious event.

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The girls went for a more retro look during a performance to their fans in Germany in 2018.

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At the launch of their amazing album 'LM5' in 2018, Leigh-Anne, Jesy, Perrie and Jade looked casual and chic as they signed copies of their album for fans.

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Ahead of their performance with American rapper Nicki Minaj, Jesy injected a bit of colour into Little Mix's red carpet look at the 2018 MTV EMA Awards, whilst Leigh-Anne rocked green dreadlocks.

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The girls then changed into smart black and white suits for their first ever performance of 'Woman Like Me' with Nicki Minaj.

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The ladies oozed glamour at the BRIT Awards in 2019, looking stunning in ballgowns.

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The girls donned a tonne of different looks on their 2019 'LM5' tour, playing dates across the UK and Ireland.

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In November 2019, Little Mix teamed up with clothing brand PrettyLittleThing to release their own clothing collection. Here they are looking super hot at the official launch party.

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In 2020, Little Mix announced they are launching their very own TV talent show called Little Mix: The Search. Both Perrie and Jesy went platinum blonde for the photo shoot with the BBC, looking sensational.

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Little Mix announced their sixth album 'Confetti' will land in November 2020!

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After their Summer 2020 Tour was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Little Mix delighted fans by announcing a massive arena tour for 2021. Tickets for the shows are on sale now.

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In December 2020, Jesy Nelson announced she'd made the tough decision to quit Little Mix, after the band was having a negative effect on her mental health. Jade, Leigh-Anne and Perrie announced they would continue Little Mix as a three.

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Jade, Leigh-Anne and Perrie attended The BRIT Awards in May 2021, with Lee Lee and Pez both glowing whilst showing off their baby bumps!

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Celebrating their 10th anniversary in style, the girls looked gorgeous and chic as they posed for the cover of their surprise album 'Between Us', which was released on 12th November 2021.

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Perrie and Jade supported Leigh-Anne at the premiere of her first ever movie called Boxing Day in December 2021, with all three girls looking fabulous on the red carpet.

Little Mix's solo projects

Following the news that Jesy Nelson had quit Little Mix the remaining three bandmates revealed they would be continuing as a trio. The girls also revealed that in 2021 they will each be working on individual projects and opportunities.

Leigh-Anne:

Leigh-Anne has launched her acting career, starring in a film called Boxing Day which landed in UK cinemas on Friday 3rd December.

Leigh-Anne also shared her excitement on Instagram when the trailer was released, writing: 'The Official trailer for Boxing Day is finally out 🥰🖤 giving you a sneak peak of my Movie Debut! 😩🥺 I am truly honoured to have been able to be apart of this film but also truly proud, to witness the arrival of a film that celebrates black culture, black talent and black love.

'@amlameenbaby wrote this film not conforming to what society associates with black culture. We don’t always have to dominate films associated with crime and violence. The spotlight really shines on us all so differently in this film and I can’t wait for you guys to witness it. 😍🖤

#BoxingDay in cinemas 03/12 🥰❤️'. (sic)

Leigh-Anne also owns a swimwear brand called IN'A'SEASHELL, which she launched in April 2019 with her close friend Gabrielle Urquhart.

Perrie Edwards:

At the end of October 2021, Perrie launched her first ever fashion brand called Disora.

The brand would involves 'Contemporary Luxury' and is available globally, selling clothing items such as jumpers, caps, hoodies and trousers.

Find out more about Disora right here.

Jade Thirlwall:

Jade also branched out into solo projects, with the Geordie girl announcing in October 2021 that she's curated a 42-pan eyeshadow palette for Beauty Bay.

She told fans: 'Ad | My limited edition palette with @beautybaycom is now liveeeee 🙌🏽😭💖 I’m so proud of what we have created together. From the concept design, to creating the colours and choosing shade names - this palette is inspired by looks I’ve loved over the years and I couldn’t be prouder of the finished product 🔮 She sure knows how to give shade huns! Enjoy 💫 #JADExBEAUTYBAY'. (sic)

Who is in Little Mix?

In May 2022, the girl group started their hiatus. Little Mix consists of Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards.

Leigh-Anne, born 4th October 1991, is from High Wycombe. She previously worked as a waitress in Pizza Hut, and has Barbadian and Jamaican ancestry. Her audition song for The X Factor was 'Only Girl (In The World)' by Rihanna. Read facts about Leigh-Anne Pinnock here.

Jade, born 26th December 1992, is from the Laygate area of South Shields. She attended a performing arts college in South Tyneside, and is one-quarter Egyptian and one-quarter Yemeni through her mum, Norma Badwi. Read facts about Jade Thirlwall here.

Perrie, born 10th July 1993, is from the Whiteleas area of South Shields, but also used to live in Weymouth, Dorset, where she briefly attended primary school. Perrie passed her driving test in January 2020! Read facts about Perrie Edwards here.

Jesy Nelson was a founding member of the group but left in December 2020 to focus on her mental health. Jesy, born 14th June 1991, is from Romford and is the eldest of Little Mix. She has an older sister and two brothers, she previously attended the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School in London and her audition song for The X Factor was 'Bust Your Windows' by Jazmine Sullivan. Read facts about Jesy Nelson here.

Fun fact: Jade and Perrie lived five minutes from each other but never met!

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Which year did Little Mix win The X Factor?

Little Mix won The X Factor in 2011, becoming the first group to ever win the show! They were mentored by Tulisa.

What is Little Mix's TV show called?

Little Mix announced in October 2019 that they're planning a brand new TV show called Little Mix: The Search, and said they're going to be ruthless! As well as gaining a step up into the industry, the winning band would have supported Little Mix on 'The Summer 2020 Tour'.

In early April, the BBC confirmed to the Daily Mirror, that The Search would be delayed due to Coronavirus. However, the show has now been confirmed to air in September 2020!

As if this wasn't exciting enough, whilst promoting Little Mix's brand new single 'Holiday' at the end of July, Jesy dished more gossip about the upcoming new show, during an interview on This Morning.

When did Little Mix host the MTV EMAs?

Jade, Leigh-Anne and Perrie hosted the MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday 8th November! Unfortunately, Jesy had to miss out as she was unwell, but the girls took home two awards - winning Best Pop and Best UK & Ireland Act! They also performed 'Sweet Melody'.

When did Jesy Nelson's documentary 'Odd One Out' air?

Jesy's mental health documentary 'Odd One Out' has been hailed a huge success after airing on 12th September 2019. It took a look at the horrific online abuse Jesy has suffered over the last eight years and the steps she has taken on how to cope with it.

After the documentary aired, Jesy broke down on stage in Milan on the 'LM5 Tour' whilst singing 'The Cure', and specifically the lyrics: 'I was a little bit lost, but I’m not anymore / I was a little bit hurt, but I’m not anymore / I was a little left out, but I’m not anymore.' She also paid tribute to her fans on social media after they rallied round her.

The documentary has since won a National Television Award!

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Which member of Little Mix has auditioned on The X Factor TWICE before?

Jade Thirlwall competed on The X Factor during season five AND seven, before auditioning again for season eight and winning as part of Little Mix. Good on her for persevering!

WATCH: Jade Thirlwall's 2008 The X Factor Series 5 audition at age 15

Jade also became a judge herself after signing up to RuPaul's Drag Race as a guest judge! Jade, who is a huge fan of the show, was confirmed to be taking part on Twitter in a tweet which read: 'Opulence! She! Is! EVERYTHING! We can confirm that @LittleMix's Jade Thirlwall will be a judge on @bbcthree's #DragRaceUK'.

Revealing her excitement to be joining the show, Jade said: 'I love everything about drag. I love that it's art. I love how fabulous it is, how fun it is, I love that you can transform your body into a fantastic beautiful woman... the whole thing! I just wish in my next life I can be a drag queen'.

Who are Little Mix's musical influences?

In the past, Little Mix have named a variety of different artists as their influences. According to Wikipedia, Perrie cites Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson and Steve Perry from American rock band Journey as her musical influences - whom she's also named after.

Jesy has said she's inspired by the Spice Girls, TLC and Missy Elliott, whilst Leigh-Anne cites Mariah Carey as her biggest influence and Jade Thirlwall references Diana Ross as her favourite singer.

As a group, Little Mix cite Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Michael Jackson, Destiny’s Child, En Vogue and Rihanna as their musical influences

Who have Little Mix worked with?

Find out all about Little Mix's collaborations.

Did Little Mix tour in 2019?

Yes, Little Mix went on tour in 2019! The girls' first tour was for 'DNA' in 2013, then the 'Salute' tour in 2014. After a two-year gap they embarked on the 'Get Weird' tour in 2016 and then the 'Glory Days' tour in 2017. Read up on all of Little Mix's tours so far as well as their support acts and the setlist for 'LM5 - The Tour'.

Which Little Mix songs are the most successful?

Little Mix have had so many successful songs, including four UK Number 1 singles. Find out more about which Little Mix songs are the most successful and how many albums they've released.

Which awards have Little Mix won?

Read up on all the awards that Little Mix have won!

How can I follow Little Mix on social media?

Find out all about how to follow Little Mix on Instagram, Twitter and others right here.

How rich are Little Mix?

Little Mix were included on heat's Rich List in 2021. The girls are at Number three on the list of the 30 richest British celebrities under 30 years of age, with a combined wealth of £66.7 million.

Who are Little Mix's boyfriends?

Perrie Edwards relationship history

Perrie is currently dating Arsenal footballer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and announced they're expecting their first baby together in May 2021! You can also read up on Perrie Edwards' full history of boyfriends.

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Leigh-Anne Pinnock relationship history

Leigh-Anne is now ENGAGED to Andre Gray. They started dating in May 2016, and Andre popped the question on their fourth anniversary in May 2020! They also announced they're expecting their first baby in May 2021, before shocking fans in August by confirming they'd welcomed twins.

You can read more about Leigh-Anne Pinnock’s relationship with Andre Gray here.

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Jade Thirlwall relationship history

After splitting from rockstar Jed Elliott, in July 2019, Jade confirmed she was dating Jordan Stephens from Rizzle Kicks in July 2020, attending a Black Lives Matter march together.

Little Mix's autobiography

Little Mix's first book was called Ready To Fly - Our Official Story and released in 2012, one year after they won The X Factor. The title is in reference to their 2012 hit single, 'Wings' and follows their lives from their life-changing X Factor auditions.

They later released another autobiography in 2016 entitled Our World, marking their first five years together as pop stars.

Do Little Mix have their own perfumes?

In June 2015, Little Mix launched their debut fragrance 'Gold Magic'. In July 2016, Little Mix launched their second fragrance 'Wishmaker'. They also have a makeup collection with Boots.

What charity work have Little Mix done?

Read up on Little Mix's charity work right here.

WATCH: 7 times Little Mix made us laugh out loud

Why not have a go at our Little Mix quiz - can you guess the song titles from the emojis? Or have a read up on these interesting Little Mix facts.

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