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From Zayn Malik to Jed Elliott, Little Mix have had their fair share of heartache

FROM break-ups, short-lived romances and even engagements, Little Mix have had their fair share of heartbreaks.

From Zayn Malik and Chris Hughes to Jed Elliott, we take a look at those lovers who broke the stars' hearts over the years.

JADE THIRLWALL

Current beau: Jordan Stephens, 28

May 2020 - present

Love story: Jade says she needs a man who’s confident enough to dress in drag, which is why she fell for Rizzle Kicks singer Jordan, who made his movie debut playing a drag queen in Tucked in 2018.

After she asked him out, they went for a socially distanced stroll in London.

And things obviously went well, as Jordan moved into Jade’s pad in east London to ride out last year’s second lockdown together.

Cute!

Jed Elliott, 29: February 2016 - July 2019

Love story: The Struts frontman and Jade got together after meeting in LA and they had a three-year relationship.

But after trying to work around two world tours (his and hers), they were forced to call it quits last summer. 

Sam Craske, 30: 2011 - 2013

Love story: Jade and Diversity dancer Sam broke up ahead of Little Mix’s world tour in 2013, with Jade claiming it would be too much with the distance.

Sam later admitted on E4 show Celebs Go Dating that during their relationship, his “respect level wasn’t what it is now”. 

PERRIE EDWARDS

Current beau: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 27

November 2016 -present

Love story: Liverpool and England football star Alex was spotted supporting Pez at a Little Mix show near the end of 2016, before they went Insta official the following January.

The pair share a Cheshire mansion, from where they entertained us all during lockdown with their #couplegoals TikTok videos.

Luke Pasqualino, 30: August 2016 - October 2016

Love story: Things hotted up between Perrie and Our Girl star Luke after a night out in London. They were later spotted packing on the PDA on plenty of date nights and at Leigh-Anne’s 25th birthday party.

But things ended quickly enough on account of no spark and Perrie’s busy schedule. Thank U, Next!

Zayn Malik, 27: December 2011 - August 2015

Love story: They met while filming The X Factor in 2011, when 1D performed, and while Perrie and Zayn faced a few bumps – he was accused of cheating in August 2012 – he asked her to marry him, got a tattoo of her face on his arm and bought her mum a house.

But it wasn’t to be. Two years on, he quit One Direction and broke it off with Perrie. By text. Bye, then! 

LEIGH-ANNE PINNOCK

Current beau: Andre Gray, 29

December 2016 - present

Love story: Leigh-Anne and the Watford striker met in Marbella when they were on separate holidays with their friends.

They confirmed the relationship just days before New Year’s Eve in 2016 and he even popped up (looking rather delicious) as Leigh-Anne’s partner in the Little Mix music video Think About Us.

They got engaged during lockdown last May, four years after meeting, announcing the news with snaps of them kissing in front of sparkling lights and candles, while Leigh-Anne showed off a huge emerald engagement ring.

Sweet!

Jordan Kiffin, 31: March 2013 - June 2016

Love story: Leigh-Anne and Ashford Town FC star Jordan lasted three years until her busy schedule took its toll.

It was reported that the couple grew apart and finally decided to end things, but while they only confirmed the news in June 2016, it was revealed they may actually have secretly split before that, though they remained friends. 

Jamar Harding, 27: September - November 2012

Love story: She met Cover Drive bassist Jamar when both their bands supported JLS on tour in 2012.

The pair were spotted on a series of cosy dates, including a sweet park hangout, though for one reason or another, their short-lived romance never fully heated up. 

JESY NELSON

Current beau: Sean Sagar, 30

April 2020 - present

Love story: Jesy bagged herself a lockdown boyfriend, going public with Our Girl hottie Sean in April.

Come August, the couple were spotted hand-in-hand while out on a London date the night before enjoying a Cornwall staycation.

Jesy regularly gushes over her man, recently uploading a video of him cooking her dinner, declaring herself a “lucky girl”.

Sean posted a pic of them in October with the caption: “The reason for my happiness.” Aww!

Chris Hughes, 28: January 2019 - April 2020

Love story: After one of them slid into the other’s DMs, former Love Islander Chris and Jesy went on a date to Harry Potter-themed bar The Cauldron in London.

They confirmed their couple status by sharing Insta stories of their holidays, so we were all shocked when they split in April 2020. 

Chris Clark, 26: February 2017 - April 2017

Love story: Jesy got together with the ex-TOWIE star in early 2017.

But although they initially managed to make their long-distance love work – the band were working in the US – Chris revealed that he dumped Jesy by text to rekindle his romance with his ex. Ouch!

Jake Roche, 28: September 2014 - November 2016

Love story: They started dating after a concert in Manchester, and Jake got down on one knee a year later. But two years after that it was reported they’d split after a series of rows.

Jordan Banjo, 28: May 2012 - March 2013

Love story: The Essex duo met through friends and quickly hit things off. Jesy credits the Diversity star with teaching her the best dance moves, but he reportedly struggled to cope with her growing fame.

Jesy Nelson goes topless and shows off her big hair in stunning bed selfie

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