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Little Mix respond to rumours of split

Bandmember Leigh-Anne Pinnock said Little Mix "can never really die"

By Charlotte Krol

Little Mix perform live
Little Mix perform live. (Picture; Wikimedia commons/marcen27)

Little Mix have responded to rumours that they will split, in light of the forthcoming release of their greatest hits collection ‘Between Us’.

The pop group, who are now a three-piece comprising Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock following Jesy Nelson’s departure, were speaking to an Australian radio station recently when they appeared to reassure fans that a split isn’t imminent.

Little Mix were asked by Smallzy’s Surgery on Tuesday (November 2): “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’, is released next Friday (November 12) and marks 10 years since the group formed. Jesy Nelson, Little Mix’s original fourth member, departed the band in 2020 and has since pursued a solo career.

Little Mix also have their ‘Confetti’ tour scheduled for next year – see here for details.

The group also addressed criticism of Nelson’s apparent ‘blackfishing’ in the music video for her debut single ‘Boyz’.

Nelson was reportedly criticised in text messages by Pinnock for appropriating black culture and darkening her skin with fake tan and changing her hair across ‘Boyz’ promo.

Thirlwall told The Telegraph: “We don’t want to talk about the video, or be critical, but one thing we will clarify regarding the blackfishing situation is that Jesy was approached by the group in a very friendly, educational manner.”

Pinnock added that blackfishing is “absolutely not OK”.

She said: “Capitalising on aspects of blackness without having to endure the daily realities of the black experience is problematic and harmful to people of colour.

“We think it’s absolutely not OK to use harmful stereotypes. There’s so much to say on that subject that it’s hard to sum up in a sound bite.”

Thirwall added that the band “don’t really want to dwell” on the situation because they are more focused on celebrating their current achievements.