Leigh-Anne has launched her solo career with debut single ‘Don’t Say Love’ – stream the single and watch the accompanying video below.
The singer, whose real name is Leigh-Anne Pinnock and who is one third of Little Mix, co-wrote the UKG-inflected tune with Aldae. Jon Bellion and Pete Nappi produced the single.
Leigh-Anne said that the song “is about no longer seeking external validation and regaining my confidence and sense of self in a world where I often felt misunderstood and unheard” [via Billboard].
The Emil Nava-directed video, Pinnock added, is a “visual representation of me finding my voice”.
“I’m excited to continue to do so with my first love, music,” she said.
Fellow Little Mix bandmate Jade Thirlwall last year confirmed that she had officially signed a solo record deal with RCA Records. Perrie Edwards, too, announced recently that she is working on new solo music but has “no deadline” set on when it’ll be released.
Former Little Mix star Jesy Nelson, meanwhile, shared her debut solo single ‘Boyz’ featuring Nicki Minaj in 2021.
In recent years Little Mix have responded to rumours that they’re set to split.
The pop group were speaking to an Australian radio station in 2021 when they appeared to reassure fans that a split wasn’t on the cards.
Little Mix were asked by Smallzy’s Surgery that November: “Do we know what’s next? Is that a question that collectively there’s no known answer to?”
Pinnock replied: “Well, I mean, I just think Little Mix, 10 years in, it’s something that can never really die if I’m honest,” which was met by laughter from her bandmates. Thirlwall then said: “No matter what in the future, we’ll always have each other. We’re a throuple, in this together.”
The band’s greatest hits record Between Us was released on 12 November 2021, marking 10 years since the group formed after winning The X-Factor.