Perrie Louise Edwards
July 10, 1993 (age 23)
Pez, Pezz, Boho Mix
Syco Music, Columbia
Perrie Louise Edwards was born in the neighborhood of South Shields in Tyne and Wear, England, UK. Her parents are Alexander Edwards and Debbie Duffie. She has one older brother, Jonnie.
Perrie successfully auditioned as a solo artist for the eighth season of The X Factor with Alanis Morrisette's "You Oughta Know." However, she failed to make it past bootcamp's first challenge. Similar to the previous season, some rejected contestants were given the opportunity to continue in a newly formed group. Perrie and Jesy were put into a two-member group named Faux Pas but they failed to make the judges houses. It was then decided by Kelly Rowland to put both of them together with two other girls to make a four piece band called Rhythmix and put them though to the judges houses and eventually the live shows. Due to difficulties with an organization with the same name, they changed their name to Little Mix during the live shows part of the competition. They were the first group to win the X Factor/ Their debut single was "Wings" and their debut album was called DNA. Their second studio album Salute saw them achieve more international success when it was released November 2013. The band released their third album Get Weird in November 2015 and aimed to break the American market. The first single, "Black Magic" was released May 21, 2015, and became one of their most successful songs. They performed the song live on stage with Taylor Swift during her 1989 World Tour. Second single "Love Me Like You" was released September 25, 2015 and third single "Secret Love Song" was released January 3, 2016. Little Mix are the only girl group from the UK to have their first three albums debut in the top fifteen of the Billboard 200, as well as the first girl group ever to have their first three studio albums debut in the top fifteen of the Billboard 200. Little Mix served as support act for One Direction's Apple Music Festival set on September 22, 2015.
Perrie was engaged to Zayn Malik from 2013 to 2015. The two met on The X Factor in 2011 whilst Perrie was competing and One Direction were guest performing. Zayn asked Perrie out, but she waited until the X Factor was over before accepting. They confirmed their relationship in May 2012. Zayn proposed to Perrie after a weekend together on August 18, 2013. She displayed her ring at One Direction's This Is Us World Premiere in London. Her mother confirmed it to a radio station, saying, "they are very much in love." Perrie was very close with Zayn's family, especially his mom and sisters.
It was initially rumored Zayn had quit One Direction in part to try to salvage his relationship with Perrie after a number of cheating allegations arose. A tweet Zayn posted days before he quit the band addressed the rumors: "I'm 22 years old... I love a girl named Perrie Edwards. And there's a lot of jealous f*cks in this world I'm sorry for what it looks like x." Zayn told Fader Magazine in November 2015 that he did not consider his quitting the band and his cheating scandal to be related at all saying they were separate issues in his view.
On August 4, 2015 it was confirmed that Zayn and Perrie had officially called off their engagement in late July. She was assumed to be struggling with the split after breaking down crying during a live performance a few weeks later, though at the time Perrie's bandmate Jesy noted they were exhausted and hadn't slept in days. Perrie confirmed the break up in an interview with E! News. On August 7, 2015, Perrie deleted all photos of Zayn from her Instagram account, and unfollowed him on all social media accounts. Zayn has since addressed his decision to end the relationship, telling Fader Magazine that rumors of him breaking up with her over text message were untrue, but would not disclose why or how he broke up with her.