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Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock reveals she's relieved she to finally embrace her baby bump

LITTLE Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock revealed she's relieved to finally be able to embrace her baby bump after sharing her happy news.

The pop star is expecting her first child with footballer boyfriend Andre Gray.

Speaking alongside Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards on today's BBC Breakfast, she said: "It's such sensitive information and I wanted to be the one to tell the world. This felt like the right time to bring it out and say it.

"It's scary. I wanted to enjoy the moment and I was scared that it was going to come out and I wasn't going to be able to control that. You want to own it yourself. I'm happy I got to release that imagery."

The couple announced the pregnancy with a series of stunning professional snaps.

Leigh-Anne showed off her bump in a glamorous green silk dress which exposed her tum.

In one, Andre held Leigh-Anne from behind as they both smiled.

The girls have faced numerous questions in recent weeks on how they are finding life as a three-piece after Jesy Nelson quit the group.

Wearing an eye-catching £925 Stella McCartney jumper, Jade said today: "You get it on with it. We've had to adapt, especially with changes to our existing music. It's been a weird shift but we're getting on with it.

"We, as a three, weren't ready to call it a day yet. This year is all about keeping going and enjoying the ride. We're making the most of it and enjoying 2021 as a three."

The group has now been around for 10 years after being put together on The X Factor.

They've just released a music video for new single Confetti and are up for a Brit Award on Tuesday night.

Admitting friendship is the key to their longevity, Leigh-Anne said: "Getting along is the most important thing. We were lucky that they put girls together that clicked.

"If it wasn't for that, we wouldn't be here. Friendship is the one thing that has driven this whole thing."

Perrie said: "We hoped that we managed to stay together for 10 years. We wanted to stay together because we love each other so much and we've had such a fun ride. 

"It's incredible, we can't believe it. It makes me feel really good, we just wanted to make music we loved."

We recently reported that Jesy and the girls now only communicate via third parties.

A source close to Jesy confirmed she has put a block on all direct personal contact with the band, and has not spoken to her former pals for several months.

The insider said: “The plan was always to stay in touch but that just hasn’t happened because Jesy didn’t want it.

“She wants to sever ties and start again — that seems to be both professionally and personally.”

In a bombshell interview published yesterday, Jesy, 29, described her time in the group as a source of great unhappiness.

While she did not want to comment on her current relationship with her ex-bandmates, she did open up on what it was really like to be compared to them for ten years.

In her most damning remarks to date, she said: “I can’t believe how miserable I was.”

The situation came to a head on the set of their Sweet Melody music video last year, where she says she hid in a dressing room after becoming upset by her body image and the jealousy of the other girls.

She added: “We’d been in lockdown, and it was the first time I could have a break and be at home around people that I love.

“It was the happiest I’d ever felt, and I didn’t realise that until I went back to work. I immediately became a different person. I had anxiety.”

On the day of the shoot, she suffered a panic attack and “broke down” on set “because I didn’t look how I wanted to look and I found it so hard to just be happy and enjoy myself”.

She explained: “I looked at the other three and they were having the time of their life. I get so jealous, because I want to feel like that and enjoy it, because music is my passion.

“To have this dream and not be enjoying it because of what I look like, I knew wasn’t normal.”

In December, when Jesy first announced an “extended” break due to “private medical reasons”, it came as a bombshell to fans.

She later clarified: “I find the constant pressure of being in a girl group and living up to expectations very hard.”

The remaining three members vowed to carry on as a trio.

And they gushed about their pal: “We love her very much and agree that it is so important that she does what is right for her mental health and well-being.”

But this week, Jesy was notably absent from a string of celebrity congratulations for Leigh-Anne when she announced she was pregnant.

Fans were quick to speculate on Leigh-Anne’s timing, which coincided with Jesy’s debut interview as she launches her first solo effort.

Industry insiders say the baby has been an open secret within the music business for “ages”.

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