After being reunited on The X Factor ten years ago, Jade Thirwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards told fans on social media that they “felt the time had come” to recharge separately after the tour. Confetti next year.
The girls were keen to stress that they were “not going their separate ways” and promised fans more “music, tours and performances” in the future.
Originally a quartet, Little Mix has been the subject of rumors of a breakup ever since original member Jesy Nelson sensational quit the group in late 2020.
Besides releasing a new album and proving that they are stronger than ever, the others have also branched out into solo projects throughout the year.
As Little Mix reflects on 10 amazing years of pop sensation, we take a look at some of the band’s career highlights – and a few weak spots.
Making the story of X Factor
It’s hard to imagine a world without Little Mix, but the four founding members hardly ever met in their quest to become solo singers.
Leigh-Anne, Jade, Perrie and Jesy all first auditioned for The X Factor individually in 2011, but were reunited as a group by producers who spotted a connection.
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With mentor Tulisa taking her “little muffins” under his wing, Little Mix wowed the judges and home viewers as they grew more confident as a group with each live performance.
In December 2011, the girl group beat competition from Marcus Collins and Amelia Lily to be crowned the first group to win The X Factor.
At the time, Judge Louis Walsh predicted the quartet would grow to be one of the biggest girl groups in the country – and the girls then ruled in favor of the music mogul.
Name change drama
We know them better as Little Mix, but there was a time when award-winning singers performed under the less catchy monkier Rhythmix.
After performing in the X Factor live shows under their original name, a dispute arose when a Brighton-based children’s music charity of the same name raised an issue with the program while trying to brand the name .
In October 2011, after deliberation, Little Mix was born – some members not feeling the new name at first.
Speaking to RuPaul on his What’s the Tee? Podcast, Little Mix confessed that they “hated” the rebranding at first.
“We were like, ‘This is the end of our career, we look like kids.’ I guess looking back it kept us young, ”Jade recalls.
Jesy Nelson resigns
Almost 10 years after winning the ITV show for the first time, Little Mix had established itself as one of the biggest groups in the country.
With a streak of number one singles under their belt and adoring fans across the globe, the girls were riding the waves of success high.
But in December 2020, Little Mix fans were squeamish when Jesy decided to walk away from the group in order to protect her well-being.
The singer, 30, said with emotion that being part of one of the biggest groups of pop had “damaged” her mental health.
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Speaking in a social media statement at the time, she said: “I find the constant pressure to be in a girl group and meet expectations very difficult. “
Jesy, Perrie and Leigh-Anne all publicly backed and supported their former bandmate as she made the difficult decision.
The remaining trio assured fans that Little Mix will continue with new music and a tour.
Historic awards won
Just months after becoming a trio, Little Mix made history at the Brit Awards in May 2021, becoming the first female act to win the award for Best Group.
By the time they picked up their record gong, Leigh-Anne and Perrie were both pregnant – they had just confirmed the happy news weeks before.
As they took the stage to collect their prize, the trio gave an inspiring acceptance speech – denouncing the sexism, racism and misogyny they have faced throughout their careers.
Leigh-Anne said: “It’s not easy being a woman in the UK pop industry. We have seen white male domination, misogyny, sexism, and the lack of diversity.
“We are proud of how we have stayed together, held our ground, surrounded ourselves with strong women and are now using our voices more than ever. “
The victorious group then dedicated their award to all the girl groups that came before them but were not honored by the awards ceremony.
Put Noel Gallagher in his place
As most of the country celebrated the incredible success of Little Mix, former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher decided to try and calm the mood.
The aging rocker claimed the award-winning girl group was “not in the same league as Oasis” and suggested their record-breaking victory highlighted a problem within the music scene.
But Jade responded perfectly to the 54-year-old’s unsolicited comments.
Appearing on an episode of Never Mind the Buzzcocks in September, the Little Mix star responded to Noel’s criticism.
“Christmas did [slag us off] Jade said of the new season of the relaunched series.
“Something about that, we didn’t deserve the Brit Award because we’re women and we don’t write music, but he thinks we don’t write music. “
“Yeah, such a shame,” the award-winning singer continued.
“Because you know, we’re definitely the most successful girl group in the country, but he’s not even the most successful performer in his family! “
Noel has yet to respond to Jade’s witty review and criticism.
Black fishing drama
Although she’s no longer a member of Little Mix, Jesy’s personal drama managed to get the trio involved as they released their first single, Boyz.
In October of this year, the former Little Mix singer came under fire for being accused of black-fishing in the video of her first solo adventure with Nicki Minaj.
Jade, Perrie and Leigh-Anne all kept a dignified silence on the controversy – although they admitted they had raised concerns about Jesy’s tan with her before she left the group.
However, when a TikTok star leaked alleged messages between him and new mom Leigh-Anne, the girls were drawn into the drama.
In posts shared by creator NoHun, Leigh-Anne is seen pointing out that Jesy is a “black fish.”
Jesy responded by jumping onto an Instagram Live with collaborator Nicki, laughing as the rapper dubbed his former bandmates “jealous miserable clowns.”
A lasting legacy
Even though Little Mix plans to band together again in the future, if they choose not to, they are leaving behind a legacy that most bands can only dream of.
Earlier this year, the group made chart history as the first girl group to rack up 100 collective weeks in the Top 10 of the official singles charts.
Not only that, in addition to their Brit Awards, the talented trio have six MTV Europe Music Awards, two Teen Choice Awards, five Global Awards and many more gongs adoring their trophy cabinets.
Over the past 10 years, 19 million listeners have blown their iconic hits – with a total of 12 billion streams worldwide.
Not bad at all.
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