Perrie Edwards has had to “learn to have a thick skin” since she found fame.

The ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ hitmaker admits the pressures of fame can be tough on her but she feels “lucky” to have her Little Mix bandmates – Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson and Jade Thirlwall – by her side through everything.

She told E! News: “I think you have to learn to have a thick skin. I think it comes with being in a girl band and being an artist. People want to know what you’re doing and what you’re up to, which is fine with us … We have each other luckily, so we experience everything together and we’ve always got each other’s backs.”

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Meanwhile, the 23-year-old singer – who was previously engaged to former One Direction star Zayn Malik – recently admitted she really feels the “pressure” of being a role model to young girls.

She explained: “I think being named role models kind of happened just naturally, we never really asked for it. Which is lovely, I love the fact that girls look up to us and we empower people and inspire them. But obviously, we’re young girls and we’re going to do silly things sometimes that can kind of put pressure on us, but we’re just being ourselves.

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“And if that means that we’re being role models by just being ourselves, then that’s incredible. It’s a massive compliment. We don’t think it’s fair that women get scrutinized more than men. Everything is harder for a woman in every kind of aspect and that’s why we try to empower women with our music, our image and everything we stand for.”

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