If you’re feeling emotional about Little Mix heading on hiatus, you aren’t the only one as the girls themselves are struggling to hold back their tears.
The group gave their final interview on The One Show tonight, during which Jade Thirlwall got choked up when thanking fans for their support over the last 10 years.
Little Mix – also consisting of Perrie Edwards and Leigh Anne Pinnock – are set to take a break from the band after their final concert of the Confetti Tour this weekend.
The Sweet Melody hitmakers will take to the stage at London’s O2 Arena for one last time, before taking some well deserved time off, but something tells us they won’t be leaving us without music for long, with rumours swirling that each girl is planning solo endeavours.
Chatting on the BBC show tonight, Geordie lass Jade became noticeably emotional when delivering a speech on what being in Little Mix has meant to her.
‘What would you like to say to your fans at this moment before you disappear, at least for a little while?’, asked host Alex Jones.
‘I think just thank you more than anything,’ Jade began.
‘Thank you for your support over the last 10 years, thanks for keeping us around for this long, we’re honestly so unbelievably grateful for all of the support we’ve had and we’ve really felt that on this tour and we will feel it at the last show. That’s going to be special.
‘We still pinch ourselves even now that we’ve got to this point in our career, so it’s all good.’
‘Oh, I could hear your little voice get stuck in your throat there,’ said Alex sweetly, causing the girls to laugh and Jade to wave her hand in front of her face.
‘They’re going, they’re going!’ she laughed.
But, do not fear, as the girls are promising to remain one another’s biggest cheerleaders when their extended break begins, with Jade adding that ‘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,’ she said.
Body language expert Judi James offered comment on the girls’ final interview which, sadly, took place via a screen rather than in the studio, meaning fans missed out on the chance to have a detailed view of their chemistry and their charisma together.
‘Sitting squished together on a small sofa they looked like a picture of unity though and there were no mentions of ex-band member Jesy Nelson to spoil the mood,’ she told Metro.co.uk exclusively.
‘Jade, sitting in the middle, looked the most upset to be saying goodbye. Her mouth kept pulling down at the corners in a sad pout and when she said she might start crying her lips sucked inward as her arms twisted round each other in a gesture of unhappiness.
‘She looks closest to Leigh-Anne, who mirrored her when she started to clap at one point.
‘Perrie looked slightly more independent, sitting leaning forward slightly, but there were enough mutually-shared rituals and gestures like nodding and eye-checking when each one of them spoke to suggest they really will miss each other when the tour is ended.’
As the band refer to doing their ‘own thing’, it really could be anything, but it’s exciting nonetheless, with each band member previously sharing social media posts from recording studios and hinting at solo albums.
For Jade specifically, a major rebrand has been teased, with reports suggesting she could following in the footsteps of Madonna and Cher by dropping her surname.
Taking time out from the band will also allow Perrie and Leigh Anne to spend more time with their babies, with Perrie – who is dating Liverpool FC’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – branding motherhood a ‘magical’ experience.
She gave birth to son Axel in August last year, while Leigh Anne – who is engaged to footballer Andre Gray – welcomed twins, whose names and gender she hasn’t revealed, just days earlier.
As the X Factor winners prepare to bow out from Little Mix for a while, there’s still one last chance to catch them in action on stage, as their final show on Saturday will be live-streamed and even shown in select cinemas, so no fan has to miss out.
The girls won Simon Cowell’s singing competition in 2011, becoming the first band to do so, and have since gone on to break records and win countless awards such as Brits.
Fans will remember they began as a four piece, before Jesy announced that she was leaving the group in December 2020, for mental health reasons.
The One Show airs weekdays at 7pm on BBC One.
Tickets for Little Mix’s final concert live-stream are available now.