Jade Thirlwall admitted that Little Mix were fearful of upsetting anyone at the start of their career and so they ended up just doing as they were told.
Little Mix is a girl group that was originally formed in 2011 during the eighth series of the British version of ‘The X Factor’. They then switched from Simon Cowell’s Syco record label to RCA during the recording of their fifth album ‘LM5’ in 2018.
In a new interview with Radio Times, Jade Thirlwall discussed the girl group’s journey with her bandmates Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Perrie Edwards.
Besides admitting that Little Mix used to do whatever they were told to do and were fearful of upsetting anyone, the singer also stated that the music industry is ‘very much dominated by older men’.
Jade told Radio Times: “At the beginning we were so scared of p***ing anyone off and damaging our career, so we did what we were told.”
“We didn’t even realise we had a choice, it was pitched as not having one, so you sign what you are told to and you go along with it. As the years went on, we started to realise we didn’t like that.” – She admitted.
Jade Thirlwall added that they used to feel ‘intimidated’ by the music industry but not anymore and since Little Mix has started saying ‘no’ a weight has been moved.
The switch Little Mix did from Simon Cowell’s Syco record label to RCA in 2018 was done amidst claims of a feud.
Though at the time, Simon insisted that he ‘never fell out’ with the girl group and that there were tensions between himself and Modest Management, who were Little Mix’s management team, that led to an ’embarrassing row’ over a songwriting credit for their track ‘Woman Like Me’.
Simon Cowell dismissed the rumours again of a feud with Little Mix in 2019 after it was revealed the girl group had brought the release of their rival talent series ‘Little Mix: The Search’ forward from 2021 to 2020.
The show will be airing on BBC One and iPlayer on Saturday, September 26th, with Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards, and host comedian Chris Ramsey.