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In the week that Jesy Nelson revealed that she would be taking an "extended break" from Little Mix due to "medical reasons", Perrie Edwards has also spoken out about the pressures of being in the band.

The 27-year-old singer has opened up on ITV's The Jonathan Ross Show, saying that while they were all "willing to work" for their success, the Little Mix stars did not expect being in the band to "be this hard".

The interview, which was filmed 24 hours after Jesy's announcement, saw Perrie in candid form as she opened up on what it has taken to be in the band.

Perrie said: "I don't think we expected it to be this hard.

"When you're young and you think of being a popstar, you think, 'Oh I want everyone to love me and ask for my autograph'".

Perrie Edwards opened up about being in Little Mix on The Jonathan Ross Show
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She added: "We don't rest, we don't sleep. But we love success so we're willing to work for it and it's been an amazing 10 years."

The girl band was formed in 2011, after the four members auditioned on The X Factor as soloists, but were then placed into a group by the judges in the show's later stages.

Perrie's fellow Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock said "people don't see how hard it is, the things that go on behind the scenes".

She added: "People don't understand the pressure. People sometimes see popstars and think, 'Oh it is glam and glitz', but it is really hard."

Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock of Little Mix
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Jade Thirlwall also discussed how the band members support each other.

"We've got each other, that's the beauty of being in a band," the singer said.

"We just stay grounded with our friends and family.

"When we get time off we go straight home and see the family.

"Our mams would be the first to tell us off if we were getting a bit big headed."

Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards on The Jonathan Ross Show
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During the band's appearance on the programme Thirlwall also discussed starting a new relationship during lockdown.

"We met on Zoom. I slid into the DMs. Then we had some Zoom dates," she said.

Thirlwall added: "It's nice doing it that way, we got to know each other.

"And I'd thought, if this goes terribly I'll say the WiFi's gone."

*The Jonathan Ross Show airs on Saturday at 9.50pm on ITV.

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