Little Mix have announced they plan on taking a break from the group next year.
The trio shared the news on social media with a short statement, writing that they would begin the break in 2022, shortly after their next tour ends.
“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,” they said.
They posted the message on Twitter alongside a compilation video made up of key moments from their career so far.
Little Mix member Jade Thirlwall recently opened up about Jesy Nelson quitting the group and how it had been a “really tough experience”.
She went on to say that she and her fellow band members used therapy to help them process it.
Speaking toGay Times, the pop singer suggested that it took some time for the news to sink in because they were in the middle of promoting their latest album, along with their BBC One show The Search.
“I think for anyone, when such a big change happens in your life, and you’ve been so used to a certain situation for so long, it’s really hard,” she said.
“Getting through that and moving forward. I think for us as well, we were still promoting the album at the time and doing TV shows.
“We were just cracking on as it were, and I think we were in a bit of shock for a long time because we just had to keep going.”
Thirlwall, 28, said it wasn’t until the group had some time off at Christmas that it “suddenly dawned” on them what had taken place.
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“It was hard,” she said. “It would have been for anyone and we’ve got each other, we have group therapy, we have our own therapists, and you do what you can.”
She added: “We’re really stronger than ever. I would say that this year with the girls having their kids, it just puts everything into perspective of what’s important in life.”
In another recent interview with Capital Breakfast, Thirlwall dismissed rumours that a Little Mix split is imminent.
We never want that to be over, never ever ever,” she said. “I think no matter what Little Mix do, whether we venture out individually, whatever we do, Little Mix is forever”.
Little Mix released an album of greatest hits, Between Us, last month.
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