Little Mix have announced they are taking a break to ‘recharge’ after their Confetti tour. Despite their undeniable success, a body language expert has revealed trouble was brewing between the four bandmates years before they officially go their separate aways
Little Mix were born out of talent show The X Factor and secured overnight fame as a manufactured girl band – but as they announce an indefinite hiatus, it has been suggested that ‘all was not well’ with the bandmates for years.
Last night, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall told fans they are taking a from the band after more than a decade together.
The news came a year after Jesy Nelson left Little Mixers reeling by quitting the pop group as she told how being in the chart-topping group was taking a toll on her mental health.
Body language expert Judi James has now claimed that struggles between the four members have been evident for years.
“The wonder of Little Mix is less about splits and more about how they managed to stay together as a foursome for as long as they did.
“These four massively ambitious individuals were competing for the same prize on X Factor when the divine intervention of the judges saw them thrown together as a girl band,” Judi told The Sun.
The Little Mix singers appeared to be openly affectionate to one another from an early stage in the X Factor when they were still getting to know each other.
But over the years even if things weren’t right behind the scenes the girls had to continue outwardly displaying ‘sisterly love’ and female unity as young fans expected from the singers as role models.
Speaking about this shot Judi added: “This on-stage performance pose shows the girls doing the kind of body language the fans fell for.
“Hug-singing is touching to watch and it makes the fans feel included in the warm vibe.”
The band also sparked tension claims when Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jade partied without Jesy in 2017, with the girls joking that she was ‘preoccupied’ with her then-beau Chris Clark.
At the time, the music stars posed for an image on social media, which they captioned: ‘Squad (one Miss Nelson was preoccupied).’
The chart-topping further denied rumours of a feud when asked if they ever fall out in a 2019 interview with Hits Radio.
“Oh no, none of that. We can’t be bothered with that!”, Jade joked, before adding, “Obviously sometimes we disagree on who prefers what songs the most.”
And as early as 2017 Brits red carpet, the girls are keen to be seen as individuals – but it’s Jesy who was making the biggest show of dominance.
The same expert told the publication: “This red carpet ‘victory’ pose was one of many for the mega-successful band and all four are scrunched together to show the shared joy.
But fast forward two years later and although the Little Mix ladies all adopted the same striking pose on the Brits red carpet in 2019, there were already signs they were heading in different directions.
Talent show talks
One of the last appearances the girls made together was talent show The Search – and far from cosy sofa chats their were signs they were in crisis mode.
The group appeared more as individuals as they discussed the challenges starting out in the industry face which ironically the girls missed out on due to being pulled together by the XFactor.
In December 2020 Jesy’s departure sent shockwaves through the group and fans were left wondering if the trio would continue.
Jesy said at the time: “Being in the band has really taken its toll on my mental health….so after much consideration and a heavy heart, I’m announcing I’m leaving Little Mix.”
Although rather than take a break from the limelight she dived straight into her first solo single which sparked huge backlash with calls of ‘cat-fishing’ and claims her ex-band stopped following her on social media.
The incident, although a side-show to their singing, left a sour taste in fans mouths and left many wondering whether the group would be able to focus on their music with such tensions surrounding them.
With the announcement of Leigh Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards were pregnant fans gushed at the news and the future of Little Mix was inevitably discussed.
Appearing on This Morning, Leigh Anne said at the time: “What comes with that sisterhood is that we would always respect what anyone wants to do… You can’t force anyone to want to be in anything. Us three are super solid. It’s all about positive vibes, it’s all we want. We’re ready to tackle this year, we have so much amazing things to come.”
Leigh-Anne, 30, has since welcomed twins in August with her footballer fiance Andre Gray and Perrie, 28, also gave birth this year, to baby Axel with footballer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on 21 August.
Taking a break
Little Mix put on an emotional performance for The Graham Norton Show and announced they are taking a break ‘to recharge’ and work on other projects after the end of their Confetti tour in the Spring.
The girls ‘in flood of tears’ appeared to pull at fans heartstrings with their performance ending with a group hug on stage.
But despite the hiatus they say they will reunite adding: ”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.”