Birth name Jade Amelia Thirlwall

26 December 1992

Star sign

Birth place
South Shields, Tyne and Wear

Before finding fame with Little Mix, Jade Thirlwall was born to mother Norma Badwi and father James Thirlwall on Boxing Day 1992.

After her parents split, Jade was raised by her mum. She has a brother called Karl.

Jade was a pupil at Laygate Primary School before attending St Wilfrid’s RC College, where she completed her GCSEs. Jade then enrolled at North Tyneside College to study for her A Levels.

The petite star first tried out for The X Factor in 2008 before having a second go in 2010. Jade was unable to progress past the bootcamp stage of the competition on both occasions.

Not ready to give up on her quest for success as a singer, she auditioned for a third time in 2011.

Jade Thirlwall
impressed judges Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos and Kelly Rowland by belting out I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles but failed to make it as a solo contestant.

She was given a lifeline when the panel decided to place her in four-piece Rhythmix alongside Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards and Jesy Nelson.

Mentored by Tulisa, the group – who later changed their name to Little Mix at the request of a charity called Rhythmix – proved extremely popular with the public and ended up becoming the first band to win The X Factor.

Little Mix‘s first single – a cover of Damien Rice’s track Cannonball – topped the UK charts in December that year. They released their debut album DNA in 2013 and its follow-up Salute in 2014.

Jade Thirlwall
has had the opportunity to travel all over the world with Little Mix, making promotional appearances in Japan, Australia and North America.

She started dating Diversity dancer Sam Craske in 2012 but it was reported that the couple ended their romance in June 2014.