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Inside Simon Cowell's bitter 'beef' with Little Mix and real reason they parted ways – Irish Mirror, Mirror.co.uk


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Simon Cowell was the brains behind Little Mix, putting the band together on The X Factorbefore they became the first group to win the show ever in 2020.

But eight years on and things are said to have seriously soured between the music mogul and the girl group, who dramatically parted ways last year in the middle of making their fifth studio album, LM5.

And rather than working together, they’re now workingagainsteach other with both launching rival shows to find the next big group.

Little Mix’s The Search kicks off on the BBC early next year while Cowell’s X Factor: The Band starts on December 9.

Simon Cowell and X Factor: the Band will go up against Little Mix(Image: ITV)

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Simon has stated there’s no drama, insisting he has the utmost respect for Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, who’ve sold more than million records worldwide and raked in more than £ 90 million.

However, a source Previously he claimed he told one X Factor: The Band reject that they might have more luck on Little Mix ‘show.

“Little Mix are doing a show next year. You should apply. Tell them I sent you, “he reportedly said.

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The group reportedly sent Simon a ‘strongly worded email’

And the insider said of the jibe: “It was obviously a real dig at the girls’ show. There is a proper feud.”

So what happened between the tight-knit band and their boss?

It’s all said to have kicked off when the girls sent a “strongly worded email” to Simon asking for a writing credit alongside Ed Sheeranand Jess Glynn on their hit, Woman Like Me.

He duly obliged, but a bigger row is then said to have erupted between the Syco and the girls’ management company Modest.

At which point, Simon announced he was cutting ties with Modest, which also looks after fellow X Factor stars Rak-Su.

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The group reportedly sent Simon a 'strongly worded email'They asked for a writing credit on Woman Like Me

(Image: Little Mix / Youtube)

His spokesperson told The Sun: “Syco Music will no longer work with Modest Management and therefore any artists signed to that management company.

“We do, of course, wish all artists affected by this decision every future success. Consequently, LM5, the forthcoming Little Mix album A & R’d and released on Syco Music, is to be serviced by RCA at the request of Syco and Simon Cowell Meanwhile, Leigh-Anne alluded to the row, explaining how the band “put their foot down” in the face of “sexism”.

“We ‘ ve had our fair share of arguments with powerful men over what we want to do and how things should be done, “she told the Daily Star.

They asked for a writing credit on Woman Like Me

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The Search will launch on the BBC early next year

(Image: BBC)

“I guess this album shows that we’re winning.

” We learned to put our foot down and make sure we are taken seriously as four strong women who have opinions. It’s been a struggle.

She added: “There are still not enough powerful women in the industry compared to men and that needs to change. ”

And Perrie said there had been clashes over which songs to release.

She told The Sun: “It is frustrating that if a group of guys were to say, ‘We’re not going to do that song, we’re going to release this song’, it’s like , ‘Maybe we should listen’.

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Simon has insisted there’s no bad blood

(Image: PA)

“Whereas when we do it, it’s like, ‘Oh they’re at it again, they’re whining’. But we’re not. We’re perfectionists. We take everything we do so seriously. “

For his part, Simon has insisted there’s no bad blood and said he was actually asked to co-produce the Search but had to decline due to his own show.

“I told them the problem was we have a conflict of interest because we are launching X Factor The Band in 55335. We were told their show was going to launch in (*********************************************************************, “He told The Sun.

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He continued: “Then we had the fallout and find out Little Mix were bringing their show forward. Was that intentional because we are doing our show? I have no idea.

“But regardless, it was too much fun not to do this year. I would rather it was us doing it first. It per cent makes it more exciting there being a battle. ”

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