Little Mix have raked in a collective £54million in their 10 years as a group.
After a decade in the spotlight, the band, comprising Jade Thirlwall, 28, Perrie Edwards, 28, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, 30, and formerly Jesy Nelson, 30, have seen their wealth soar to dizzying heights before announcing they are set to part ways on Thursday to pursue ‘other projects’ and ‘spread their wings’.
Their personal wealth, reported by WealthyPersons.com, cites Jade as having £7.3million, Perrie an eye-popping £5.9 million, Leigh-Anne with £5.9million and former member Jesy having £5.8 million.
With the help of touring, smash hits, lucrative brand deals and merchandise, the girls have earned themselves millionaire status with their bank accounts only set to get fuller, as Leigh-Anne has just launched her acting career and swimwear range In’A’SeaShell, while Jade has appeared on Ru Paul’s Drag Race and opened a bar.
So how did the group turn their X Factor dreams into their bank account of dreams?
Starring role: Little Mix have raked in a collective £54million in their 10 years as a group (pictured in 2019)
Belting it: The trio shot to fame on The X Factor in 2011 and have since become one of the world’s most successful girl bands
Nice! Little Mix’s company Eternal Dance Media Ltd, launched in 2011 and handles music and earnings
Little Mix’s company Eternal Dance Media Ltd, launched in 2011 and handles music, merchandise and earnings.
The company is said to have earned £28.5million since winning The X Factor in 2011 with accounts showing their companies paid dividends of £4.5million in 2019 through tours and merchandise alone.
Their 2019 tour is said to have pulled in £30million alone.
The girls have an impressive discography in their wake, having released six studio albums, DNA (2012), Salute (2013), Get Weird (2015), Glory Days (2016), LM5 (2018) and Confetti (2020).
As of this year, the group have sold over 60 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling girl groups as well as the only girl group to have won the BRIT Award for British Group.
Following the release of Confetti, Jesy announced she was leaving the band in December last year due to the strains being in the band had placed on her mental health. She subsequently released her solo song Boyz.
Records on Companies House, show that Jesy was terminated as a director of the company in July.
Nice! In November 2019, Little Mix announced they had designed their own collection with PrettyLittleThing, scoring a six figure payday for the collaboration
Announcing the news on Instagram at the time, Little Mix wrote: ‘We’ve absolutely loved creating this collection
In November 2019, Little Mix announced they had designed their own collection with PrettyLittleThing, scoring a six figure payday for the collaboration.
Upon announcing the collection, PrettyLittleThing chief executive, Umar Kamani said: ‘The girls have been fans of PrettyLittleThing over the years so collaborating with them was an absolute pleasure on this project as they already had a huge attachment to the brand…
‘What’s so wonderful about this collaboration is Little Mix define unity and strength to young girls and women through their music but also they all have such unique and individual style which makes this collection so exciting because it’s so diverse.’
Announcing the news on Instagram at the time, Little Mix wrote: ‘We’ve absolutely loved creating this collection for you and can’t wait for you to see it!’
Earlier this year, it was reported that Jesy had been offered a £1million deal with to launch her own collection.
A source said: ‘Jesy has been inundated with lucrative deals from clothing brands all keen to work with her…
‘PLT are frontrunners at the moment and Jesy is definitely excited to share her unique fashion sense with fans and celebrate body positivity. She’s been open about her confidence struggles and many youngsters look up to her and love her style’.
Epic: Upon announcing the collection, PrettyLittleThing chief executive, Umar Kamani said: ‘The girls have been fans of PrettyLittleThing over the years so collaborating with them was an absolute pleasure on this project as they already had a huge attachment to the brand’
In 2018, they released make-up brand, LMX, which included a brush set, highlighters, lip kits and eye palettes.
Additionally, the collaborated with Simple for a skincare range complete with Micellar Water, Rich Moisture Sheet Masks and make-up wipes – which were then referenced in their 2018 song Told You So.
Jade meanwhile has returned to the world of make-up on her own, as it was announced in October that she was teaming up with Beauty Bay to release an eyeshadow palette.
Speaking about her make-up passions, she said: ‘Whenever we do videos, I’m always the one that sends mood boards to the makeup artist and I’m like, ‘Ohhh we should try this look and we should do this eye…
‘I knew that together we could create something which my fans can use to create out of this world of lewks.’
Stars: In 2018, they released make-up brand, LMX, which included a brush set, highlighters, lip kits and eye palettes (pictured at the launch of the make-up range)
Prior to Jesy’s departure, the group launched BBC talent show Little Mix The Search, which aimed to rival Simon Cowell’s shows in their hunt for the next big thing in music.
In August this year, it was revealed after just one series the show had been axed. The talent series that saw the girl band search for new talent to join them on tour aired on the BBC last year.
It was confirmed that the show won’t be brought back for a second season, with bosses choosing to axe The Search, given Jesy has now quit the band and both Perrie and Leigh-Anne have welcomed babies.
BBC Entertainment boss Kate Phillips confirmed the news in a statement, revealing: ‘We’re not bringing back Little Mix next year. I mean, the girls are all having babies at the minute.’
Talents: Prior to Jesy’s departure, the group launched BBC talent show Little Mix The Search, which aimed to rival Simon Cowell’s shows in their hunt for the next big thing in music
In 2012, the girls went down an avenue followed by many pop groups when they had dolls created in their image.
Working with company Vivid Imaginations, they had their X Factor image made into dolls and posed for a slew of promo images with the figurines which were a massive hit with fans.
Model behaviour: In 2012, the girls went down an avenue followed by many pop groups when they had dolls created in their image
The star launched In’A’SeaShell in 2019 and revealed at the time that she had funelled her own money into the company
LEIGH-ANNE: The star launched In’A’SeaShell in 2019 and revealed at the time that she had funelled her own money into the company as she was determined to have complete control.
She said: ‘It’s so expensive to launch your own brand too, I didn’t realise at first how much money you had to put into it as well, it takes a lot. I funded it myself as I wanted complete control. I didn’t want to do it for a brand, I wanted to do my own thing, that was really important…
‘That I am an extremely hard worker! I don’t really take a day off, it’s constantly go, go, go!
‘I am impressed with myself that I am actually a business woman and I can say that. I am proud that I have managed to put this business together from nothing.’
Earlier this week, she premiered her acting debut for Christmas movie Boxing Day.
Boxing Day tells the tale of Melvin living in America (Aml Ameen) who returns home to London for Christmas to introduce his American fiancée, Lisa (Aja Naomi King), to his eccentric British-Caribbean family. Things get messier when Melvin and Lisa run into Leigh-Anne’s character Georgia, who happens to be his ex-girlfriend.
On venturing into acting, she said: ‘It was like walking into a whole new world. I couldn’t refuse it. Three auditions later and I’m starring in my first movie and an all-black cast as well, it’s the first of its kind. I’m so proud to be a part of it. This film allows a lot of the black community to be seen and me to be seen and you (Aml) did that for me.’
Leigh-Anne welcomed her first children with fiancé Andre Grey in August.
Star: Earlier this week, she premiered her acting debut for Christmas movie Boxing Day
Hard work: Alongside music, Jade is said to be keen to appear on the small screen more after proving popular as a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
JADE: Jade has reportedly recorded solo music and signed to Harry Styles‘ management company. She inked a deal with Full Stop Management – also home to the likes of Lizzo, Mark Ronson, and Saweetie- and is tipped to have huge solo success like the former One Direction star, 27.
Under the management, Harry has enjoyed huge global chart success – including Grammy nominations – with his two solo albums, launched an acting career, and, more recently, founded his own beauty brand, Pleasing.
Alongside music, Jade is said to be keen to appear on the small screen more after proving popular as a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
An insider told The Sun: ‘Jade had a series of meetings with Full Stop Management earlier this year and she’s now signed on the dotted line…
‘They think she is going to be a huge star, just like Harry has become after One Direction went on hiatus. Jade has bags of ideas for her solo music and she’s already recorded some amazing songs’.
She also opened a bar in her native South Shields under the original name Red Door in 2019, and had been known for performing with local bands there, to the delight of fans.
In October last year, it was revealed that the bar was closing temporarily due to the struggles on COVID.
Sad news: She opened a bar in her native South Shields under the original name Red Door in 2019, and had been known for performing with local bands there, to the delight of fans
PERRIE: Last year, Perrie signed as the first female ambassador for Supreme Nutrition’. Shortly after, it was announced that she would be the new face of Nando’s, starring in a TV ad for the restaurants.
Late last year, she then teased Disora – her lifestyle and fashion brand,.
She changed her Instagram bio to the Disora website and launched the company on 22 October 2021. Disora is described as a contemporary luxury brand.
As well as Leigh-Anne, Perrie welcomed her first child back in August. She shares her son with footballer Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.
Her love: As well as Leigh-Anne, Perrie welcomed her first child back in August. She shares her son with footballer Alex Oxlade Chamberlain
The highs and lows of Little Mix’s 10 years in the spotlight
2017: Little Mix are criticised for their ‘naked’ stage outfits during One Love benefit concert for Manchester bomb victims:
Dressed in typically revealing fashion, the four-piece girl group all wore outfits in striped black and white with flourishes of gold jewellery leading viewers at home to complained that the stage outfits were inappropriate for a family-friendly benefit concert.
While Leigh-Anne teased her cleavage in a tiny bra, Jesy Nelson and Jade Thirlwall opted for thigh-grazing leotards. Perrie Edwards was dressed in a more conservative fashion, letting the frilly nature of her outfit preserve her modesty.
Oh dear: 2017: Little Mix are criticised for their ‘naked’ stage outfits during One Love benefit concert for Manchester bomb victims
Despite their best efforts, some fans at home took exception to their revealing clothing. Flocking to Twitter some criticised the band for their ‘inappropriate clothing.’
One said: ‘No offence but why are Little Mix naked, it’s a benefit concert.’
Another said it was a shame Little Mix were ‘half naked’ – one even went as far as to dub them a ‘disgrace.’
2021: Ex Little Mix member Jesy Nelson is embroiled in a bitter blackfishing row after her debut single Boyz is released:
In October this year ex band member Jesy Nelson, 30, was accused of blackfishing after she released her debut single Boyz with Nicki Minaj.
In the music video, Jesy was seen as being heavily tanned and her hair styled with wigs and braids.
Blackfishing is used to describe a white person attempting to appear to have black heritage.
Jesy announced she was leaving the band in December 2020 when she shared a lengthy statement on Instagram stating she was stepping back to protect her mental health.
Backlash: In October this year Jesy Nelson, 30, was accused of blackfishing after she released her debut single Boyz with Nicki Minaj
Clash: Jesy has been at the centre of huge drama of late, after former Little Mix bandmate Leigh-Anne previously accused her of blackfishing in the music video for Boyz
Oh dear: Discussing her and Jesy’s new single in an Instagram Live, Nicki branded Leigh-Anne and the rest of the group ‘jealous miserable clowns’
The singer took to Instagram to comment on the blackfishing claims, and credited her tan to a recent holiday in Antigua. She added: ‘I personally want to say that my intention was never, ever to offend people of colour with this video and my song because like I said, growing up as a young girl, this is the music that I listened to.
‘These are the videos that I watched and thought were the best. For me personally, ’90s/2000 hip hop, R&B music was the best era of music. I just wanted to celebrate that. I just wanted to celebrate that era of music because it is what I love.’
Leaked messages between Leigh-Anne and influencer NoHun also saw the singer accuse Jesy of blackfishing in the music video.
Jesy then took part in an Instagram livestream with Boyz collaborator Nicki, who accused Leigh-Anne of trying to ruin Jesy’s new solo career and branded the new mother and the rest of the group ‘jealous miserable clowns’.
Jesy was then said to be ‘devastated’ Leigh-Anne had ‘sparked racial hatred’ and a new wave of intense trolling towards her, telling pals she couldn’t believe ‘someone she once called family could be so cruel.’
2019: Simon Cowell is forced to dismiss Little Mix feud rumours
In 2019 Simon Cowell dismissed rumours of a feud with his former protégés Little Mix as they prepared to launch talent show The Search.
Sparks flew that year when the talent show boss said he had the idea for X Factor: The Band – which was set for a 2020 release – before Little Mix offered him a role of co-producer on their own BBC prime time show 2021 The Search.
The girls then brought the date of their show forward, and while this sparked spat rumours, Simon quashed the claims while appearing on Heart Breakfast.
He said: ‘I thought their idea was a great idea. I owe those girls a lot, you know. Even though we gave them a launch pad, they sold a lot of records.’
Rumours: In 2019 Simon Cowell dismissed rumours of a feud with his former protégés Little Mix as they prepared to launch talent show The Search (pictured with Little Mix last year)
2016: Little Mix are told off by a young fan for swearing in their hit song Hair:
In 2016 a Little Mix fan contacted the band after her parents banned her from singing her favourite song as it has a ‘rude word’ in it.
The song in question was a track on their Get Weird album titled ‘Hair’ which opens with the line ‘Cos he was just a d*** and I knew it.’
Awkward: In 2016 a Little Mix fan contacted the band after her parents banned her from singing her favourite song as it has a ‘rude word’ in it
Addressing the band as ‘Dear, Sir/Madam’, they wrote: ‘It’s a great song but I just wish I could sing it properly (my mum and dad won’t let me sing it as I am only eight). I understand that this cannot be changed but I am just making a point.
‘So I can sing along I have changed it to ‘he was just a plank and I knew it’, because it means the same thing’.
Little Mix later retweeted the letter with lots of smiley face emojis.
2021: Little Mix make history as they become the first-ever girl band to score 100 collective weeks in the UK’s Top 10 Singles Chart:
In July 2021 Little Mix made chart history as they became the first girl group to score 100 collective weeks in the Top 10 Official Singles Chart.
The pop group hit the landmark with their latest single Heartbreak Anthem in collaboration with Galantis and David Guetta.
After the achievement, Leigh-Anne told Little Mix fans on Official Charts: ‘Wow! It’s amazing, and we wouldn’t have done this without you guys.
‘You never fail to blow us away – you’re just incredible and we wouldn’t be here without you. Thank you.’
Sweet Melody: In July 2021 Little Mix made chart history as they became the first girl group to score 100 collective weeks in the Top 10 Official Singles Chart (pictured in May at the Brit Awards)
A collective 100 weeks in the Top 10 far exceeds any other girl group in UK chart history.
Girls Aloud were the closest to hitting the landmark with 61 weeks in the singles chart, with iconic Motown group The Supremes just behind with 59 weeks.
And even the iconic British girl power group Spice Girls couldn’t hit the record as they only managed 50 weeks in the top 10 singles chart.
Little Mix have landed 18 UK top 10 singles to date, including five number ones – with Sweet Melody topping the charts most recently in January this year.
Little Mix win two BRIT Awards:
Earlier this year Little Mix won ‘Best British Group’ at the 2021 BRIT Awards, the first female group in history to ever win the award.
Taking to the stage to accept their prize for British Group, Leigh-Anne said: ‘We have been together for 10 years it’s been the best years of our life, we’ve had so much fun we’ve made so many memories, we want to thank your incredible fans, Jesy.
‘It’s not easy being a female in the UK pop industry, we’ve seen the misogyny, dominance and lack of diversity, we’re proud of how we’re stuck together and we’re using our voices more than ever.’
Jade added: ‘This award isn’t just for us, it’s for Spice Girls, Sugababes, All Saints, Girls Aloud, all the incredible girls bands we love you.’
Little Mix also won two BRIT Awards for their 2017 hit Shout Out to My Ex and their 2019 single Woman Like Me featuring Nicki Minaj.
Awards: Other awards include five Global Awards, six MTV Europe Music Awards, a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award and two Teen Choice Awards
Other awards, tours and streaming numbers
Other awards 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. 2022 will see the band finally hit the road with their highly anticipated Confetti Tour gracing arenas across the UK and Ireland.
Over the last decade, Little Mix have collected over 19 million Spotify listeners, received over 3 billion YouTube views, and collated 12 billion streams worldwide.
All the signs Little Mix were set to split
Emotional song leaves band in ‘floods of tears’
Fans recently spotted a big sign that an announcement was on the cards as the girls admitted they’ll be in ‘floods of tears’ when performing their song Between Us on their Confetti tour next year.
Speaking in a video shared to their Instagram last month, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall opened up about how the song made them feel, admitting it will be an emotional moment when it comes to performing it.
Perrie explained: ‘It’s a song we will never be able to get through live.’
And as the others agreed it makes them ‘cry’, she continued: ‘Every night on tour I think we are just going to be in floods of tears. It’s just such a cute, stunning song.’
Her poignant words hint that the song’s heartfelt lyrics could trigger all the emotions as they take to the stage on what will now essentially be their farewell tour.
Hints? However, news of the split may not comes as too much of a shock to some as the group previously dropped hints that they were set to go their separate ways in the future
Instagram: The group also shared the statement on Instagram, writing: ‘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’
Between Us lyrics – a farewell song?
Although Between Us has been dubbed the ultimate friendship anthem that looks back on the girls’ time as a band over the last 10 years, it could now be said that the track is a goodbye anthem to each other and their loyal fans.
One line includes: ‘When the curtains close and all of the lights go down, Safe to say I’ll stay, I will always stick around’.
The line certainly alludes to the group coming to an end, with the girls reassuring that their friendship will continue no matter what.
Another line hinting that their bond will never end despite going their separate ways reads: ‘I swear that we won’t lose this thing we found. ‘Cause love will never leave us. Nothing comes between us.’
Rumours: As split rumours continued to swirl over the past few months – especially in the wake of the drama surrounding former member Jesy Nelson, Jade appeared to fan the flames as she opened up on the idea of the girls doing solo projects (pictured in 2019)
Jade admits the opportunity to do individual things is ‘really lovely’
As rumours around a potential split continued to swirl over the past few months – especially in the wake of the drama surrounding former member Jesy Nelson, Jade appeared to fan the flames as she opened up on the idea of the girls doing solo projects.
In an interview with Gay Times Magazine, the singer told how the opportunity to do things individually was ‘really love’ and that the girls doing their own thing was ‘beautiful to see’.
She said: ‘Oh, this is really lovely actually’ because as an individual you’re then getting the opportunity to show the public a bit more about yourself and what you’re actually passionate about.
However, she confessed that they were still ‘terrified’ at the thought of doing something for yourself’ after a decade of constantly working as a group.
Jade added that the trio have managed to get their work ‘balance right’ and will always ‘champion each other’s success’, but are safe in the knowledge that they will forever have Little Mix to fall back on.
Something to say? Elsewhere, Perrie also touched on the trio’s solo projects and once again discussed their unbreakable bond, once again hinting that the end was near
Perrie reaffirms their bond as she discusses Little Mix ‘venturing out individually’
Elsewhere, Perrie also touched on the trio’s solo projects and once again discussed their unbreakable bond, once again hinting that the end was near.
Speaking on Capital Radio earlier this month, the new mum addressed the split rumours while reassuring fans of Little Mix continuing to work together in the future.
She 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.’
Breaking free? In one image of the group – including Jesy – posing at the 2017 Jingle Bell Ball, Judi notes that the group were ‘striving for their own individuality’, with Jesy rocking pink hair, while they failed to make physical contact while posing
Body language expert hints things weren’t right with the group for YEARS
In the wake of the news Little Mix were taking a break, body language expert Judi James reveals that the cracks began to show in the band quite some time ago, telling The Sun: ‘The wonder of Little Mix is less about splits and more about how they managed to stay together as a foursome for as long as they did.’
Looking back at pictures over their 10 year career, Judi picked up on moments which appeared to show the yearning for individuality, while another hinted that the group were in ‘crisis mode’.
In one image of the group – including Jesy – posing at the 2017 Jingle Bell Ball, Judi notes that the group were ‘striving for their own individuality’, with Jesy rocking pink hair, while they failed to make physical contact while posing.
Competition? while it may be seen as innocent posing, Judi reckoned it was a sign of the girls heading in different directs as they, in particularly Perrie and Jesy were ‘competing for attention’
She penned: ‘There are also now signs of an active avoidance of touch as though the girls are growing up and no longer keen to just be seen as part of a ‘peas in a pod’ style team.’
A different snap on 2019 Brits red carpet sees the foursome donning glamorous outfits while pulling their best leggy poses for the camera.
But while it may be seen as innocent posing, Judi reckoned it was a sign of the girls heading in different directs as they, in particularly Perrie and Jesy were ‘competing for attention’.
Analysis: ‘This pose looks much more emotion-based as the girls seem lost in a meaningful discussion. Jesy sits out of the cluster here but looking back in towards the other three and the conversation and eye contact exchange seems to be between her and Perrie’
Elsewhere, in an image taken from the group’s talent show The Search last year, Judi suggested that a tense conversation between the girls hinted that they were in ‘crisis mode’.
Explaining their body language, she said: ‘This pose looks much more emotion-based as the girls seem lost in a meaningful discussion. Jesy sits out of the cluster here but looking back in towards the other three and the conversation and eye contact exchange seems to be between her and Perrie.’
She added that Leigh-Anne and Jade adopted ‘passive poses’ and that group looked ‘more adult and individual’, with the body language ‘signalling the style of discussions’ they may have needed to have at the start of their career together.
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’
Little Mix’s break announcement was shared on social media, with their statement reading 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.
‘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.
Devastated Little Mix fans were quick to express their sadness at the band’s decision.
Fear not: 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’
One wrote: ‘STOP IM CRYING,’ while another dramatically commented: ‘Crying and Sliding down a wall right now. I love you ladies so much you warm my hearts!’
A third reacted saying: ‘I am crying! Little mix will always be forever’ before another added: ‘So sad. I hope is not a 1D type of break.’
Many other expressed the same fear that the band would never reunite, like One Direction did after splitting in 2016 to pursue solo careers.
Last month Little Mix continued to defy the split rumours surrounding them.
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, citing a decline in her mental health.