The group take care of their youngest member

Little Mix took a night off from partying after their tour date in Nottingham this week to help Perrie Edwards come to terms with allegations that her boyfriend Zayn Malik cheated on her.

The girls had planned a party with friends and family at the Nottingham Hart hotel but ended up heading back to their suite after a few minutes to talk about boys.

‘Most bands normally go hell for leather on the big press night, but Little Mix just sat up chatting,’ says a source.

‘It was exactly what Perrie needed. She seems to be planning to stick with him and she needs the support of her mates at the moment.’

Australian waitress Courtney Webb claimed over the weekend that she’d slept with One Direction‘s Zayn, 20, following a party at his London home last Wednesday.

After the reports emerged, Zayn flew straight back to the UK from 1D‘s appearance at France’s NRJ Awards in a bid to salvage his romance with Perrie, 19.

Perrie spent the weekend with her mum, Debbie, who went along to the Welsh legs of their tour with Jade‘s mum, Norma, and then the Zayn thing happened,’ the insider tells the Daily Mirror.

‘She had to squeeze in time to fix their relationship before rehearsals. She hadn’t had time to chat to her girls about the whole situation.’

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Anna Duff