Little Mix have penned their younger selves empowering and insightful letters from the night they won The X Factor.
In an interview with Bustle UK’s music issue Noisemakers, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock have all touched upon their highs and lows, while also giving their former selves advice to overcome their hurdles.
Leigh-Anne, 27, in particular credited ‘finding Black Magic’ for ‘saving her career following extensive fears of getting dropped’ while Jade, 26, urged her younger self to ignore ‘old blokes at the label that try to fob you off.’
In an interview with Bustle UK’s music issue Noisemakers, Little Mix have penned their younger selves empowering and insightful letters from the night they won The X Factor
It is evident that Little Mix have learnt and experiences a lot since the night that changed their lives weight years ago on the X Factor stage.
‘So much sh** will happen to you,’ Leigh-Anne told herself in the letter to herself.
Giving further depth, the High Wycombe native stated: ‘It won’t always be easy. After the second album, you’ll start writing the third and it won’t feel right… In that moment, you’ll fear that you’re going to get dropped, that you won’t be able to keep going.
‘It’s a horrible feeling, but then you’ll find Black Magic. That will be the turning point that saves your career.’
Candid: Leigh-Anne, 27, in credited ‘finding Black Magic’ for ‘saving her career after fears of getting dropped’ while Jade, 26, urged her younger self to ignore ‘old blokes that fob you off’
High Wycombe native Leigh-Anne native stated: ‘People will say stuff to you that you now know is totally wrong, saying you can’t be in writing sessions because artists can’t write’
Leigh-Anne explained her future plight further: ‘Your lives are in other people’s hands, and the crazy thing is, often the decisions people make for you won’t really work.
‘People will say stuff to you that you now know is totally wrong, like saying you can’t be in writing sessions because artists can’t write. Ignore it and trust yourself.”
‘Over time, you’ll realise that everyone is just blagging it. It will be such a hard journey, getting to the point that you don’t care what people say online, but you’ll all get better at it,’ she revealed.
Jade was also quick to note that various other people would try to guide their career, while not keeping their best interests in heart.
She wrote: ‘Don’t be afraid to use your voice. Everyone in this industry is blagging it, and that includes the old blokes at the label that try to fob you off with their version of a hit.
‘Don’t be afraid to use your voice’: Jade was also quick to note that various other people would try to guide their career, while not keeping their best interests in heart
Your version will always get you way further, so don’t let them convince you otherwise.’
The girls have been inseparable ever since they were first formed as a girl band on X Factor in 2011.
And Jesy, 27, also re-iterated the notion of trusting you instinct against others: ‘Even after X Factor, some old bloke in an office will tell you ‘dress like this’ and ‘you should wear that.’
‘People will tell you things like you shouldn’t have input on your videos. Let me save you some pain, time, and effort: Don’t give a sh**. Be authentic and stick true to yourself.
‘The videos you do have input on will go down the best, so stand your ground like a boss. You’ll come to intimidate a lot of men in the office. When you say your opinion, they’ll actually listen,’ she defiantly advised.
One thing all the Little Mix members were united on where each other, as Perrie, 25, explained: ‘Thank God you found your girls. Those nights where you go to each other’s house, and watch movies like Spice World, and make your dog Hatchi fly will keep you going.
‘It’s a roller coaster of life. You’ll become much older and wiser. But trust yourself, and your girls, and you’ll make it through,’ she stated.
Proving that the last eight years have been nothing short of girl power, Jade wrote: ‘You have a squad of amazing women around you, so trust me when I say, Jade man, you don’t need to worry so much – it’ll all come off in the end.’
Their letters comes after it was reported the band’s earnings skyrocketed by five times in one year as they raked in £6.6million between the four of them.
Eternal Magic Touring’s new accounts showed the girls each brought home £1.65million.
The stars equally divided up the £6.6million they earned over the past year, with each bandmate listed as a director of Eternal Magic Touring.
According to The Mirror, the accounts read: ‘During the year, dividends of £6,600,00 were paid to the directors.’
The four-piece have raked in £9.2million since they set up their joint company Eternal Magic Touring in 2015.
To date, Little Mix’s accounts hold £5million in funds and made a £2.8million profit; according to new figures, this past year has been their most successful year so far.