You know when a mate says something about a dodgy ex-boyfriend in front of a room full of people, all you want to happen is for floor to open up and swallow you, right?
That’s what happened to Perrie Edwards from Little Mix after their triumphant Best Single win at this week’s BRIT Awards.
Speaking after the show, Jesy Nelson left Perrie ‘mortified’ when she mentioned her ex Zayn Malik in an interview.
On stage Jade had said in the group’s acceptance speech: “Thank you so much. We honestly didn’t think we were gonna get it, we were just sat there chin-wagging. We’d like to thank our label Sony, Syco, Simon (Cowell), our amazing A&R, our management, and us girls, because if it wasn’t for our friendship, we wouldn’t still be going.
“And lastly cheers to our exes for helping us to do an amazing song, this one’s for you lads.”
But backstage, Jesy took it one step further and name-checked Perrie’s One Direction ex, by yelling: “Shout out to ZM!”
According to onlookers Perrie’s face was a picture and looked super shocked that Jesy had made the reference, even though the girls had publicly stated that their winning song Shout Out To My Ex was a song written about their old boyfriends.
But being the pro she is, Perrie saved face and, after her initial shock, jokingly told her mate to, “Shut up, stop!” before adding with a smile, “I’m going to kill you.”
Perrie, who is now dating footballer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, has previously spoken about her heartache of splitting from Zayn and revealed she was hurt by how he dumped her.
“It was horrible, the worst time of my life,” she said. “A four-year relationship, two-year engagement, ended by a simple text message. Just like that.
“Even though things with my career were going really well, it was incredibly difficult for me… On the surface I was happy, but inside I felt broken.”
Aww, onwards and upwards now, though, pet!