Congratulations are in order for Perrie Edwards because the Little Mix member just gave birth to her first child! Yep, she and her husband, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, welcomed a baby together on August 21, 2021, and fans couldn’t be more excited for them. They haven’t shared their newborns name or gender just yet, but they did share a few snaps of the baby’s hands and feet!
“Welcome to the world baby,” the blonde beauty wrote on Instagram.
What do we know about her relationship with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain?
Edwards and Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is a professional English soccer player, first sparked dating rumors in November 2016 when they were spotted spending a lot of time together. She was seen at his soccer matches and he got photographed supporting the singer at a few of her performances. At the time, a source told The Sun, “Alex is clearly smitten with Perrie and he looked like he loved the girls’ performance. He didn’t take his eyes off her throughout the entire thing and he didn’t stop smiling.”
They went Instagram official in January 2017, with Edwards sharing a snap of Oxlade-Chamberlain holding one of her dogs. Then, one month later, she posted a pic of her and the sports player kissing in front of the Eiffel Tower, and boy, was it romantic.
After that, they quickly became couple goals — constantly sharing cute pics together, attending events side by side, packing on the PDA all over the world and gushing over each other online. And in April 2020, the pair proved once and for all how perfect they are for each other when a fan asked Oxlade-Chamberlain if it was hard to spend the coronavirus quarantine together.
“Is Perrie annoying you yet or are you getting on in isolation?” the fan asked during an Instagram Live, to which he replied, “She has been tremendous during quarantine. She’s proper house wifey. She’s been cleaning up, cooking every day, meals have been unbelievable. She doesn’t get annoyed with me playing the Playstation. She’s top, I love her!”
So cute! Edwards echoed his sentiment during an interview with the KIIS FM’s Kyle & Jackie O Show.
“I feel like I’m really enjoying [lockdown], I can’t lie. I’m having the time of my life!” she said. “I’ve never spent so much time with my boyfriend, I’ve never spent so much time in my house. Like, I’ve never had just so much time on my hands to do stuff that I’ve always wanted to do, so it has been nice.”
Then, in May 2021, the couple announced that they were gearing up to become parents, with Edwards sharing a snap of her growing baby bump.
“So happy to be on this wild journey with my soulmate,” she shared on Instagram at the time. “Me + Him = You. We can’t wait to meet you baby Ox!”
Who Was She Previously Linked To?
Before meeting Oxlade-Chamberlain, Edwards was linked to Leon King and Luke Pasqualino. But her most famous relationship was probably with Zayn Malik, who she dated from 2011 to 2015. They first met during an appearance on The X Factor, and according to reports at the time, it was a “match made in heaven.” They were caught kissing in May 2012, and after that, they definitely weren’t afraid to show off their love! Throughout their relationship they adopted a dog together, moved in together and get this — the former One Direction member even got her face tattooed onto his arm permanently! Then, in August 2013 the two stars shocked the entire world when they announced that they were engaged.
“It’s official. I’m over the moon. They are really in love,” Edwards’ mom gushed at the time.
But unfortunately, in March 2015 cheating rumors started to spread after Malik was spotted cozying up to a mystery girl. The “Pillowtalk” crooner quickly denied the allegations, tweeting, “I’m 22 years old… I love a girl named Perrie Edwards. And there’s a lot of jealous f**ks in this world I’m sorry for what it looks like.”
A few days later, the musician announced that he was leaving One Direction. Then, in August of the same year, news hit the web that he and Edwards had split — and their breakup was not pretty. Some sources claimed at the time that the 28-year-old was “devastated” and that Malik dumped her over text message.
“It was horrible, the worst time in my life,” Edwards later revealed in her book.” A four-year relationship, two year engagement ended by a simple text message. Just like that. Even though things in my career were going really well, it was incredibly difficult for me.”
Malik later covered up his tattoo of Edwards. It’s rumored that Little Mix’s 2017 song “Shoutout To My Ex” is inspired by their relationship.
What Else Has Perrie Edwards Been Up To Recently?
Besides becoming a mom, Edwards has been super busy during the pandemic! She and her bandmates — Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall — recently announced that their new album, Between Us, will come out on December 11, 2021. According to the girls, it will contain “all our hits, as well as some brand new songs we can’t wait for you to hear.”
“We can’t thank you all enough for your support over the last 10 years… this album is for each and every one of you who’s listened to our music, bought an album or sung your heart out at one of our shows,” they said. “We wouldn’t be here releasing this album if it wasn’t for you.”