In 2011, the British girl group Little Mix made history by clinching victory in the U.K. edition of “The X Factor,” becoming the first singing group to achieve this feat. Comprising Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall, and Jesy Nelson (who departed in 2020), the quartet swiftly rose to prominence, solidifying their position as one of the most significant girl bands of all time. Their music, focused on themes of self-love and women’s empowerment, spawned hits like “Wings,” “Black Magic,” and “Shout Out to My Ex.” With over a decade together, Little Mix attained a place of honor among the world’s best-selling girl groups, joining the ranks of iconic acts such as the Spice Girls, TLC, and Destiny’s Child.
In 2021, the remaining three members of Little Mix announced a hiatus, assuring their fans that this didn’t mark the end of the group. Although updates about a reunion are awaited, the members have been keeping busy with individual projects. From pursuing their own musical ventures to exploring acting, launching fashion lines, and starting families, the members of Little Mix have maintained a visible presence in the public eye.
Jesy Nelson, a pivotal member, left the group in 2020, citing the toll on her mental health. Her decision received full support from the remaining members, who emphasized the importance of prioritizing her well-being. Nelson later revealed in an interview that leaving the group had a profound positive impact on her confidence and mental state, liberating her from the immense pressure she had felt during her time with Little Mix.
Despite the initial understanding, Nelson disclosed that she hadn’t been in contact with her former bandmates since her departure, a sentiment echoed by their social media activity. The group carried on as a trio, releasing their greatest hits album “Between Us” in November 2021, commemorating a decade of their journey since “The X Factor.” Following this release, they announced a hiatus in 2022 after their world tour, emphasizing their intention to return with more music and performances in the future.
In the wake of her exit, Jesy Nelson embarked on a solo career, dropping her debut single “Boyz” featuring Nicki Minaj in October 2021. While her solo journey commenced with some controversy, Nelson’s subsequent release, “Bad Thing,” tackled issues of domestic abuse and garnered a more positive response. She is set to release her debut album, promising a diverse range of tracks.
Jade Thirlwall took a step into the solo realm as well, signing with RCA Records in March 2022. Although she hasn’t released music yet, she’s hinted at collaborations, indicating exciting developments in her solo career. Thirlwall has also been involved in songwriting, contributing to tracks for other artists.
Perrie Edwards, in addition to eagerly anticipated solo music, launched her own fashion label, Disora, focusing on activewear. She’s taken a relaxed approach to her musical endeavors, relishing the absence of deadlines. Edwards is also a devoted mother, having welcomed a son named Axel in 2021 and becoming engaged to soccer player Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in 2022.
Leigh-Anne Pinnock ventured into acting, starring in the film “Boxing Day” in 2021. She released two singles in 2023 and has an album in the works. Pinnock also authored a memoir titled “Believe,” providing insights into her life and journey.
Fans were delighted to see the trio of Edwards, Pinnock, and Thirlwall reunited over the holiday season in 2022, signaling a positive outlook for potential future collaborations. As fans eagerly await new music from Little Mix, they can celebrate the individual accomplishments of each member and look forward to what lies ahead for them.