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Little Mix have announced that they will be taking a break after 10 years to pursue new individual projects.
In a statement that has devastated fans, they confirmed that they were not splitting up completely and hoped to make more music and tour in the future.
The band – comprised of Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards – also revealed that the break would happen after their final Confetti tour, which ends in May next year.
It comes after reports that Leigh-Anne is planning her own music after singing solo in her movie debut and Jade has "signed with Lizzo's management team".
They wrote: "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.
Little Mix announced the news on their Instagram page on Thursday evenning
"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.
Little Mix will be breaking up so that they can pursue other projects
"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."
Despite the band insisting that it was just a break and that they would reunite again for more music, fans expressed their fears in the comments below.
One wrote: "i hope this isn’t a “one direction” break lmao."
While another commented: "IM CRYIN."
A third remarked: "i knew this was gonna happen but I was still NOT prepared."
Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock welcomed their first children earlier this year
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The news comes almost a year after Jesy Nelson announced that she was quitting the band in December 2020 after claiming being part of the band "took a toll on her mental health".
At the time, Jesy wrote to her 7.3 million followers that she was leaving with a "heavy heart" as she reflected on the success Little Mix have enjoyed since winning The X Factor back in 2011.
However, it has not been a harmonious split between Jesy and her other three former bandmates following 'feud' rumours.
The break-up appeared to turn acrimonious following the release of Jesy's debut single – featuring Nicki Minaj – as Leigh-Anne, Perrie and Jade all unfollowed her on Instagram.
Jesy Nelson quit the band in December 2020
Earlier, Jesy herself had a clear out of her page and now only follows 26 people on the social media site, including sister Jade, P Diddy and Nicki Minaj.
In October NoHun, real name Rory Williams, leaked private messages which he alleged were sent from Leigh-Anne's Instagram account.
He uploaded a string of screenshotted messages to him from a user claiming to be Leigh-Anne where ex-bandmate Jesy was dubbed a "horrible person."
Jesy's split from Little Mix proved to be acrimonious
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The account also appeared to suggest that NoHun should create a video on Jesy 'blackfishing' – a term that refers to someone who is pretending to be black or mixed-race – in her music video for song Boyz.
NoHun shared a screengrab of the text message chat – of which there is no confirmation that it is legit – and a message from Leigh-Anne claiming Jesy blocked her and Little Mix's Jade and Perrie on social media.
At the time, NoHun sided with Jesy and released the messages to try and show Leigh-Anne in a bad light.
But now months after the furore, the TIKTOK user has since claimed that Jesy 'manipulated' him with the help of one of her friends.