Perrie Edwards is expecting!
Wait…why am I excited about this?? What’s wrong with me? So at 19:03 in this video below from early April, I mentioned that I had a mini change of heart about Perrie and the song SOTMEX. Now I’m not saying she was completely innocent, but I do feel more sympathy for her now than I ever have before. Keep reading if you’d like to know more!
In an IG post made on 5/10/2021, Perrie announced (alongside a sweet, tasteful, and minimalistic maternity photoshoot WITH HER MAN) that she was expecting her first child! (Wow, so many babies popping out lately!)
In a wild twist of fate, it turns out her Little Mix bandmate and bff Leigh-Anne Pinnock is expecting as well, with her fiancé Andre Gray who she has been with since 2016! They got engaged exactly a year ago in May 2020!
Congrats to Leigh and Andre!! 😍😥
Now, right away I have to say it’s lovely to see the fathers participating in the announcements of their children, which is only natural. I daresay it’s quite strange for the father to say absolutely nothing about his baby until they are born, especially when he too is a major celebrity and does use social media to express himself occasionally.
Oh gee, I guess men who don’t feel guilty about their “theoretical” secret male lovers have no qualms speaking up about their firstborn children when the union is right. They don’t just leave their media-thirsty girlfriends to awkwardly do it with Jimmy Fallon (of all people) after first allegedly leaking the information to the media.
It’s not like these two proud Little Mix expectant fathers had the “theoretical” secret male lover come out on National Coming Out Day just before the baby was conceived, or released a massive album that implicated them in a number of PAINFULLY DIRECT ways; for which they thanked him by getting their totally legit girlfriend (who is not a beard at all) pregnant after she broke up with a reality tv star weeks before. (*sighs heavily*)
What a weird world, when the father of the child excitedly posts about the news too! What a novel and unusual thing for a man to do…(unless he’s hiding something or battling something serious behind the scenes.)
Here’s more of Perrie and Alex because they’re simply stunning together:
While a baby certainly doesn’t guarantee that two people will be together forever (neither does marriage) I’m certainly rooting for these two!
I started to see Perrie in a different light once I stopped trying to defend every tiny thing Zayn has ever done.
Following her split from ex-fiancé Zayn in the summer of 2015 (who allegedly ended their 4yr relationship and 2yr engagement via text message) Perrie reportedly wrote about the disastrous event in Little Mix’s 2016 book Our World.
“After I split with my partner, out of the blue, I had nowhere to go, which was incredibly stressful,” she writes. “For a while I had no idea what to do.”
“It was horrible, the worst time of my life. A four-year relationship, two-year engagement ended by a simple text message. Just like that,” she says. “Even though things in my career were going really well, it was incredibly difficult for me…On the surface I was happy, but inside I felt broken.”
Unsurprisingly, after the “he dumped her via text message” reports began circulating in 2015, Zayn contended that he did not breakup with Perrie via text. However, considering the manner in which he left the band (abruptly and without saying goodbye to his bandmates of 5 years, totally blindsiding them) and his history of ditching people professionally, I’m not entirely convinced that Perrie’s “dumped via text message” story (which was reaffirmed in October 2016 after Zayn’s denials) is a complete lie. Not by a long shot. Sorry, Zayn.
That’s why even in This Thing Upon Me, I wrote from the perspective that he did dump her via text message, but that he felt it was justified for several reasons.
In a lovely February 2017 photo that usurped the similar photos she posted with Zayn on her accounts, Perrie announced she was dating professional soccer player Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Hahaha suddenly I’m a Perrie stan what???
I must admit, this pic above is quite a glow-up from this laughable fakeness at the Eiffel Tower in 2013:
I also must admit I was hard on Perrie in the past with some of my opinions (based on some of her behavior) but I feel like I have a better understanding of why she did the things she did regarding Zayn. I still think their relationship was PR driven and lacked integrity on both sides (just like Zigi) but I view Zayn through a much different lens now.
This new lens enables me to feel a level of sympathy for Perrie that was absent before. I also have a newfound appreciation for the song “Shout Out To My Ex.” It was a definitive power move on her part and it set all of their exes in their places, and these lyrics ring with the same ferocity today as when the song was first released in 2016.
In the past, I never had issues admitting I thought Perrie was insanely talented. Her big-lunged, breathy vocals can be outright bone-chilling at times. That’s precisely why despite disliking her in the past, I still used some of Little Mix’s songs in my earlier videos. I know some of you all may remember how I repeatedly used “Nobody Like You.” Damn I love that tune! It’s so poignant and reminded me a lot of Zarry. So did “Secret Love Song.”
These days, those feelings now extend to SOTMEX (lol yes I switched up on ya’ll REAL FAST.) Sorry but I have to be honest with you all even if it goes against Zarry and us trying to paint Zayn as a victim of her (which was not really the case.)
I get chills at 2:55 in the video above, when Perrie sings:
Shout out to my ex, you’re really quite the man
You made my heart break and that made me who I am
Here’s to my ex, hey, look at me now
Well, I, I’m all the way up
I swear you’ll never bring me down
By getting dumped in 2015, she was in fact being spared further heartache and a whole lot of psychological baggage. Something we know Harry has been dealing with for years because he seemingly refuses to let go.
“I can’t unpack the baggage you left.”
After all this time, it becomes clear Perrie took the “W” in the Zerrie situation, and seems genuinely content with her new partner, unlike Zayn who still fakes contentment with Gigi through the relentless media and paparazzi smoke screens.
I’m super happy for Perrie and Alex!
As this undoubtedly diverts the hype-train away from the Zigi baby in a major way, I fully expect Gigi to be revealing Khai’s face again soon, perhaps “accidentally” like she did after Harry opened for the Grammys and won. Or, if Zigi are desperate enough, we might suddenly hear wind of an engagement or another baby. Smh