PERRIE EDWARDS tried to quit LITTLE MIX two years ago but decided to stay in the group for one final tour.
I can reveal that despite the group putting on a united front, Perrie explained to bosses in 2019 she saw her time in the group coming to an end.
During a sit-down meeting, their Confetti Tour - due to take place in 2020 but later delayed to 2022 - was discussed and Perrie said she wanted to hit the road with the girls one last time.
However, in early October 2020 the group hit another bump when Jesy Nelson called a meeting telling the girls she couldn’t continue - weeks before she announced her exit in December.
Following the recording of the video for their No1 hit Sweet Melody, Perrie, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall met with their management team after filming an episode of their BBC show The Search, where they talked about continuing as a three.
An insider said: “This idea that everyone was happy in the band prior to Jesy leaving is a smokescreen.
“Perrie actually told the band she was thinking about leaving in 2019 which prompted a sit down with management.
“In the end she agreed it wasn’t the right time and they talked about the Confetti tour which was delayed due to Covid - it was known that after the tour Perrie would bow out of the group.
“Then in an October 2020 meeting Jesy made it clear she was suffering and she felt like she couldn’t continue. It didn’t come out of the blue for the girls as Jesy suffered a panic attack live on Radio 1 just weeks before and it was Perrie who jumped in and covered her vocals.
“Again the issue of the tour came up and Jesy said she would do it so long as Covid didn’t delay it as she didn’t think mentally she could cope with another year in the group.
“Things panned out differently as her mental health deteriorated and everyone thought it best to speed up plans.”
I told last week how the three remaining members will each pursue solo careers following the tour next spring, which is likely to spell the end of the chart-topping group after more than ten years together.
Hopefully they can find peace with each other by the time they all do eventually bow out.
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