THERE’S no place like home for Little Mix stars Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards – and they plan to make the most of it with a relaxing Christmas with family and friends.
The band, which stars South Shields singers Jade and Perrie, have had a hectic fortnight after winning The X Factor and going straight to No 1 with their song Cannonball.
Jade and Perrie now have two weeks off to spend with their family and friends in South Tyneside before they go on tour and launch their album next year.
Yesterday, to help them unwind, Jade and Perrie, both 18, were treated to a pamper day at Seaham Hall, County Durham.
They went along with their mums, Norma Thirlwall and Debbie Dufty.
Jade from Laygate, South Shields, said: “I can’t believe we have been invited here.
“We feel so lucky.
“We’ve never had any kind of treatments like this before, it’s such a privilege.
“We’re really looking forward to being able to spend a day with our mams and relax, as we haven’t had the chance to see them very much and this is the perfect opportunity.”
The girls were given the venue’s ‘sparkle package’, which saw them being massaged and exfoliated for more than an hour, with extracts of caviar and champagne. The group then took a dip in the spa’s pool. Jade and Perrie say they are still trying to get to grips with their new showbiz lifestyles.
Perrie, from Whiteleas, South Shields, said: “I went to the MetroCentre on Tuesday to do some shopping and it’s so cute.
“The mams will spot me and tell their daughters and then they will get excited and come over.
“It’s really lovely.
“Sometimes they get so excited they forget to ask for a picture or an autograph, so we ask them if they want one.”
Jade has also been impressed with the star treatment she’s received since returning home.
She said: “I wanted to get my brother some presents from Northern Threads in King Street and the staff actually stayed open after closing time for me. How nice was that?
“And then on the way home I popped into Gill’s Chip Shop on Stanhope Road.
“They asked if I was Jade from Little Mix, and they gave me free fish and chips.
“It’s so lovely to be back.
“The people of South Tyneside are amazing and we’ve been stunned by the support we have received.
“We’re just going to relax for a few days now before the hard work starts next year.”