Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock admits leaving Simon Cowell’s Syco was a ‘shock to the system’

Little Mix parted ways with Simon Cowell’s label Syco in 2018 (Picture: Rex

Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock has recalled what it was like for the group to part ways with Simon Cowell’s record label, and admits it was a ‘shock to the system’. 

Fans were shocked in November 2018 when it emerged that the Woman Like Me hitmakers had split from Syco, which they had been signed to since winning The X Factor back in 2011. 

It was even more of a surprise as they news broke just days before Little Mix were due to release their fifth studio album LM5. 

Opening up about the split, Leigh-Anne told ‘It was definitely strange because we’d been with Syco for so long and a bit of a shock to the system.’ 

Little Mix have since moved on to RCA, which is still under the Sony Music umbrella like Syco. 

‘But now we’re with RCA and it’s nice to have fresh people to work with and fresh ideas,’ Leigh-Anne explained. ‘But everyone needs change in their life I guess.’ 

When asked if they have more freedom under RCA, Leigh-Anne stated: ‘I feel like we’ve had control from the start. 

Leigh-Anne Pinnock admits leaving Syco was a ‘shock to the system’ (Picture: Getty Images)

‘We’ve always been the type of girls to walk in and be like, right, this is what we want. We were like that from The X Factor. We’ve always taken the lead but I think it’s gotten better now that we’ve got older.’ 

Not only were Little Mix the first group to ever win ITV’s The X Factor, which Simon judges, but they are one of the most successful acts to emerge from the show and are still together almost 10 years later. 

The group, which also consists of Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson and Jade Thirlwall, have just released their new single Break Up Song which is set to appear on their upcoming sixth album. 

Sharing the secrets to their long-lasting friendship, Leigh-Anne revealed: ‘We just get on, we have that same sense of humour. 

‘The best thing about being in Little Mix is the laughs, we just want to make each other laugh so much. Being silly with each other.’ 

She insisted: ‘There’s not one person in the group that wants to steal the limelight and steal the shine. We’re all very much equal and appreciate each other and I think that’s so important. 

‘It is mad because not a lot of groups stand the test of time like we have. So it’s amazing that we’ve managed to last this long.’ 

At some point, Little Mix will probably take a break – even if they’re currently showing no signs of slowing down – and Leigh-Anne admits her life away from the group will look a lot different. 

‘I don’t feel like any of us would want to not do music,’ she admitted, adding: ‘But I think for me, I would probably start thinking about having a family and things like that and getting married. I’m 28 now, 29 this year, so I think I will probably start doing that.’ 

Little Mix’s new song Break Up Song is out now.

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