Little Mix rose to fame in 2011, after becoming her first band to win The X Factor, where music mogul Simon Cowell put four girls together who would go on to become one of the biggest girl groups in the world. But a lot has changed over a decade, including the decision for Simon’s record label Syco and the band to part ways in 2018, who they, like every X Factor winner, are contractually signed to after the show concludes.
Reasons for the split were cited as a row over musical direction, but Simon publicly blamed it on Little Mix’s management team.
Having just won what was the biggest talent show in the UK back then, Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock were young, excited and ready to embark on their career as global superstars.
But they realised that they had to learn to stand up for themselves in an industry they described is “dominated by older men”, which ultimately led to their departure from the record label as they voiced concerns over decisions made for them.
In a recent interview, the women told of how a “weight was lifted off their shoulders” once they started to say “no”.
“The industry is very much dominated by older men and for a while we did feel intimidated by it,” Jade said.
“The minute we started to say ‘no’, a weight was lifted off our shoulders.”
Simon had previously said that Little Mix are “the hardest-working girls I’ve ever come across; they deserve everything they’ve got”.
But when news broke that they were debuting their latest talent show The Search, a rivalry was born.
“We’ve got no personal vendetta against him. We moved on and, to be fair, over the years we didn’t actually see him that much. We’re not ones to hold grudges.”
But Simon has insisted he came up with the idea behind the show.
Speaking last year, he said: “This is what really happened. I was approached to co-produce that show last year by Little Mix’s management.
“I told them the problem was we have a conflict of interest because we are launching X Factor The Band in 2020. We were told their show was going to launch in 2021.”