ittle Mix have revealed life in a girl band is not just “glitz and glam” in their first TV appearance without Jesy Nelson.
During the interview, which will air on Saturday, Perrie Edwards said she and her Little Mix bandmates did not expect being in the band to “be this hard”.
Perrie said: “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…’
“Then you get thrown into it and you’re like ‘Holy s*** balls, it’s a lot’.”
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.”
Her bandmate Leigh-Anne Pinnock added: “People don’t see how hard it is, the things that go on behind the scenes”.
“People don’t understand the pressure. People sometimes see popstars and think, ‘Oh it is glam and glitz’, but it is really hard.”
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.”
Nelson, 29, revealed she was taking an “extended” break from Little Mix for private medical reasons.
A statement from the group’s publicist said: “Jesy is having extended time off from Little Mix for private medical reasons. We will not be issuing any further comment currently and ask media to please respect her privacy at this time.”
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.”
It comes shortly after the release of Confetti, Little Mix’s sixth studio album and first since departing Simon Cowell’s label Syco.
Little Mix formed on The X Factor in 2011 and have become one of the country’s biggest-selling girl bands.
They left Syco Music for RCA in November 2018.
Cowell later launched another version of The X Factor, called The Band, to rival the girl group’s The Search.
Nelson has spoken openly about her battle with anxiety and previously revealed in a BBC documentary called Odd One Out that abuse on social media got so bad she attempted to take her own life.
The programme won her the award for best factual entertainment at the 2020 National Television Awards.
The Jonathan Ross Show airs on Saturday at 9.50pm on ITV.