The newly solo star talks to Grazia about her fashion brand, motherhood and wedding planning. MORE: graziadaily.co.uk
Her life may be going 100 miles an hour, but Perrie Edwards is keeping up with it all. Over the past few years, a lot has changed for the star. In between Little Mix’s hiatus and final tour, she’s been busy working on her fashion label Disora, becoming a mum, getting engaged, and plugging away behind the scenes with her solo career.
And now, with the latest Disora collection dropping this Friday, Perrie says she’s learnt a lot about making your mark as an entrepreneur.
‘I think from the first drop to now, we feel a little more settled and know the direction a bit more. We have a drop coming really soon and a few more regular drops to follow, so we’re kind of in a rhythm with things now,’ she shares.
Disora – described as ‘Effortless, everyday wear’ – wasn’t an overnight project. First teasing the brand in late 2020, Perrie worked away behind the scenes to finally launch her passion project in October 2021. Years in the making, the luxury fashion range has covered everything from super-soft joggers to stylish activewear.
‘We’re kind of running with the whole activewear, shapewear vibe with the collections at the moment,’ says Perrie. ‘The last drop we did was activewear, and it just worked – I loved it. The thing is, I’m not necessarily a gym girl. I don’t work out a lot, I don’t even want to go to the gym necessarily, but I just love wearing activewear.’MORE: graziadaily.co.uk
Perrie attended The Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards in London, UK on 12th October. I added photos to gallery:
Jodie Harsh reveals that she’s been in the studio with Jade Thirlwall for solo sessions: “We’ve been playing and jamming about”
DJ and queer icon Jodie Harsh has revealed that she’s recently hit the studio with none other than Jade Thirlwall.
In case you couldn’t guess by the moniker, Jodie’s music is abrasive, loud and fun; pulling in all kinds of different directions, and inspired by the likes of house music, hiNRG and disco.
Chatting to OfficialCharts.com about her new single Shock, Jodie revealed that former Little Mix member and future pop superstar Jade has been one of the artists she’s recently collaborated with in the studio.
“I did some songwriting sessions recently with Jade,” Jodie told us. “We’ve just done [some work together] but it’s all kind of half-finished stuff at the moment. I need to get in and really kind of finish the production.
“It’s just some ideas [at the moment.] We’ve just been playing about.”
And for those of you wondering whether we’ll see these songs arrive as part of Jade’s much-anticipated solo material, Jodie says that she’s so far unsure what the songs will be used for.
“I don’t know whether it would be for her [solo] stuff,” she continued, “or for me, or for other artists to sing, or for other artists to sing for me. We were just jamming.”
Jade, of course, is best known as a member of Little Mix, who entered an extended hiatus earlier this year so each individual member could focus on solo projects.
It’s already been announced that, going forward, Jade has signed to Sony’s RCA Records as a solo artist, and also taken on the team behind Harry Styles and Lizzo as her management.
As for Jade’s bandmates, Leigh-Anne Pinnock is now signed to Warner Records as a solo artist and hired TaP Music (Lana Del Rey, Haillee Steinfeld and formerly Dua Lipa) for management. Nothing has yet to be announced for Perrie Edwards’ solo credentials, but we do know she is currently in the studio recording music.officialcharts.com
Little Mix At BBC The One Show [2022.05.10] – Jade, Perrie and Leigh-Anne’s last exclusive TV interview before their break.
“As Little Mix prepare to take a break, they reflect on their amazing journey with a sweet message for their fans 💛” – @/BBCTheOneShow
Jade has contributed to a book celebrating Sink The Pink’s legacy. Read full article [HERE]
Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall has shared an empowering message about not fitting in and rising above the haters as part of a book celebrating the history of Sink the Pink.
In a letter featured in Sink the Pink’s Manifesto for Misfits, which chronicles the inclusive club nights legacy over 13 years, the ‘Confetti’ singer spoke directly to her haters and former bullies and showed how he’s risen above them.
Written by Sink the Pink co-founder, Glyn Fussell, the book also features contributions from the likes of Mel C, Yungblud, and Lily Allen.
“I’ve got even more scrutiny and judgement”
In the letter, Jade says, “When I was young, I never knew where I fit in. I still don’t know now which boxes I tick: I don’t conform to the normal gender ideals of what a woman should be, and I guess being mixed-race, I was never Black enough to be in the Black community, never white enough to be white, never Arab enough to be in that community.”
She wrote how bullies saw this and used it to torment her through her childhood and teenage years saying that because of that, “I’ve always been kind of a nervous wreck.”
“When I was around thirteen years old, I developed an eating disorder,” she continues. “When everything else was out of control, anorexia was a way of feeling like I had something I could control myself.”
She goes on to say that she thought she’d escaped the bullies after school but becoming a global superstar turned out to be the opposite.
“Now I’ve got even more scrutiny and judgement, constantly. Our culture almost celebrates bullying – just look at the comments sections. But as I got older, I learned to use your insults as fuel. ‘You don’t think I can do this? I’ll prove you wrong!’
“Although I still don’t quite know where I fit in, I’ve learned to not need answers to those questions. The moment I realised I didn’t need a term for who or what I am, I felt more free.”
Jade says she’s learned not to listen to her inner saboteur and that when she’s feeling down, she reminds herself of the positive things.
“Even better, now I get to stand onstage and see mini-mes in the crowd. It warms my heart when I see happy gay couples, or a trans fan with a sign saying, ‘You’ve helped me’. I get to use my platform to influence others now; I get to be that role model to help fans overcome their bullies.
“There really is no better feeling than that,” she concludes.attitude.co.uk
Little Mix vow they WILL reunite and say ‘we can’t live without each other’ in their LAST interview before hiatus: READ FULL INTERVIEW [LINK HERE]
THEY have spent 11 years as a group, had five No1 singles, won three Brit Awards and released seven hit albums.
But as Little Mix prepare to bow out – for now, at least – they have insisted they are doing it as the best of friends and are doing everything they can to ensure they aren’t pitted against each other as they prepare to launch their post-band solo careers.
In an exclusive final print interview with The Sun, just a week before they go their separate ways, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall have revealed their timetables will be carefully managed so there is no way they will put new music out at the same time.
Perrie, 28, said: “We’ve all said we will let each other know when we’re going to release so we don’t end up clashing in the charts. We’re rooting for each other, not competing against each other.”
Jade, 29, who has signed a solo deal with RCA, added: “It’s just not going to happen. There will be a conscious effort from all of us to make sure of that.”
Leigh-Anne, 30, said their friendship was too precious to risk a head-to-head and the fact they remain so tight-knit will mean they’re able to be open with each other about their solo plans.
She has recently signed with Warner and said: “We are so close and that’s the thing. We’re all going to be in communication about this the whole time.”
In the 11 years since Little Mix were first brought together on The X Factor, they have become Britain’s most successful ever girl band, selling more than 50 million records worldwide and collecting over 22 million monthly Spotify listeners.
Next Saturday will see the final performance of their sold-out Confetti tour — which is their first as a trio since fourth member Jesy Nelson quit in 2020.
It will end with an emotional show which will be livestreamed around the world from London’s O2 Arena – the last chance to catch the girls before they bow out for their hiatus.thesun.co.uk