Taking to Twitter on Thursday, Little Mix revealed the news in a series of heartfelt tweets, explaining: ‘We feel the time is right to take a break so we can recharge and work on some other projects.’
The news comes after weeks of rumours surrounding the band’s break-up.
Taking a break: Little Mix – consisting of Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock – have announced the group is taking a break after ‘ten amazing years’
They wrote in full: ‘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.
‘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.’
Little Mix went on: ‘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.
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’
‘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.’
Little Mix also posted a video compilation of some of their favourite moments over the years.
Last month Little Mix continued to defy the split rumours surrounding them.
Rumours: The news comes after weeks of rumours surrounding the band’s break-up
The group appeared on Capital Breakfast to discuss their greatest hits album and to vow to keep going for years ‘like The Rolling Stones’.
The chat came after Jesy Nelson left the group last December, with it now coming to light that she scooped her £3million pay cheque before departing to go solo.
Since Jesy’s departure, Little Mix have been dogged with rumours of a split or hiatus which radio star Sonny Jay asked about in their latest appearance.
Nope: Last month, Little Mix continued to defy the split rumours surrounding them
Perrie said: ‘I think no matter what Little Mix do, whether we venture out individually, whatever we do, Little Mix is forever, like Jade said…
‘We’ll always stick together, we’ll always tour, we’ll always do things together as a group, because, Little Mix is just, it’s fire…
‘And I hate to say it, what we have is something special and we know that, and we know that Little Mix as the three of us is so so strong, so we never want that to be over, never ever ever’.
Jade then interjected to push: ‘You know like the Rolling Stones, how they’re still going… Yeah honestly! I want people to be sick of us in 50 year’s time’.
Roman Kemp pushed that the girls are ‘best friends and always in touch’, which they all agreed with during the candid chat on the show.
Oh dear: The chat came after Jesy Nelson left the group last December, with it now coming to light that she scooped her £3million pay cheque before departing to go solo
Happier times: Little Mix are pictured in November 2019
Jesy’s departure from the group last year was attributed to the strains being in a girl band put on her mental health, which she has documented in public, including revealing a suicide attempt.
Upon the release of her first single Bad Boyz, she was hit with allegations of ‘Blackfishing’, a row in which Leigh-Anne was soon in embroiled.
Last month, Jesy admitted it’s ‘sad’ she doesn’t speak to Little Mix anymore.
The singer told Graham Norton there’s ‘no bad blood’ between herself and ex-bandmates after the blackfishing controversy over her Boyz music video.
Vowing to keep going: In November the group appeared on Capital Breakfast to discuss their greatest hits album and to vowed to keep going for years ‘like The Rolling Stones’
Jesy said she ‘loved’ her time with Little Mix and ‘wishes them all the best,’ and said that after releasing her first solo single she’s hoping to record an album in 2022.
Asked about her departure from Little Mix, Jesy said: ‘We’re not talking any more. It is sad but honestly there is no bad blood from my side, and I still love them to pieces and genuinely wish them all the best.
‘I loved my time with them, and we’ve got the most incredible memories together, but it’s just one of those things which needs to take time, so who knows.
‘To me they are still the sickest girl band in the world.’
News of Little Mix’s split was first reported in October when The Sun revealed the group would call it a day as a trio with an announcement in mid-November.
The paper reported that ‘the end of the road had been reached’ and that the girls’ upcoming tour reported would be a final farewell to their devoted fans.
A source told the publication: ‘There has been a lot of speculation about the future of Little Mix but it is now very clear that the end of the road has been reached.
‘A date is set to announce the split. The upcoming tour is going to be a farewell to their fans.’
Little Mix, alongside former member Jesy, formed on The X Factor in 2011, becoming the first ever group to win the competition.
Reports: News of Little Mix’s split was first reported in October when The Sun revealed the group would call it a day as a trio with an announcement in mid-November (pictured in May)
Jesy is not the only Little Mixer to have moved on to pastures new, with Leigh-Ann recently landing a role in festive film Boxing Day.
The star was joined at the film’s London premiere by Perrie and Jade on Tuesday, proving that the group will be supporting one another on their future solo ventures.
What’s more, both Leigh-Ann and Perrie became first-time parents this year, which likely influenced their decision to step away from the group.
Leigh-Ann welcomed twins with her fiancé Andre Gray in August, while Perrie and beau Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain welcomed a son named Axel that same month.
Cute: Leigh-Anne welcomed twins with fiancé Andre Gray in August and shared the wonderful news on Instagram at the time
Loved-up: Leigh-Anne was joined by her fiancé Andre at the premiere of her new film Boxing Day on Tuesday
Parents: Perrie welcomed baby Axel to the world on August 21 with Liverpool FC player beau Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Baby joy! The couple shared the news of their baby’s arrival on social media over summer
Little Mix’s achievements
Little Mix were crowned the winners of The X Factor in 2011 when they become the first band to ever win the show in its history.
The band has since gone on to become one of the biggest ever girl group’s in the UK, scoring number one hits including Wings, Black Magic and Shout Out To My Ex.
They were signed to Simon Cowell’s record label Syco until November 2018 when they switched to rival label RCA.
Little Mix won two BRIT Awards for their 2017 hit Shout Out to My Ex and their 2019 single Woman Like Me featuring Nicki Minaj.
Winners! Little Mix won two BRIT Awards for their 2017 hit Shout Out to My Ex (pictured) and their 2019 single Woman Like Me featuring Nicki Minaj
Other achievements include five Global Awards, six MTV Europe Music Awards, a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award and two Teen Choice Awards.
The band had a total of six successful tours, they were due to be touring this year for their Summer 2020 Tour but it was cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis.
Only recently, the band had great success with both their brand new album Confetti as well as their talent show Little Mix: The Search.
The album reached Number 1 on the Official Irish Albums Chart while it peaked at Number 2 in the UK.
Little Mix are slated to head on tour in April next year with their new album Confetti, but it is currently unclear whether dates may be delayed due to the Covid-19 crisis.
Amazing: Other achievements include five Global Awards, six MTV Europe Music Awards, a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award and two Teen Choice Awards (pictured in 2017)