One Direction rose to fame off of the back of their success on the ITV reality singing competition The X Factor and it appears that the boys are staying true to their roots. Zayn is currently dating Perrie Edwards, who is from the girlband Little Mix, who also happened to be on The X Factor.
Little Mix star Jesy Nelson’s brother told a court yesterday that he was forced to sell drugs after his dealer threatened to kidnap his X Factor winning sister.
Johnny Nelson, 23, who had racked up huge debts with a £100-a-day cocaine habit, claimed a dealer named “Mr Turner” threatened to snatch the 20-year-old Little Mix singer. Johnny walked free in the end with a 10-month suspended sentence.
Unemployed Johnny said that he was forced into dealing after a £500 debt was increased to £3,000 for late payment.
He said: “I spoke to him (Mr Turner) on the phone – he had threatened to kidnap my sister because she had just become famous. He called me again and said ‘you will have to do me a few favours’.”
Johnny also claimed three members of a drugs gang burst into his girlfriend’s home and broke his arm with a wooden baseball bat.
He said: “They pushed their way in, saying ‘you owe Mr Turner money’, I was whacked on the back of the head and one of them grabbed and spun me round and the other one hit me with a wooden baseball bat.”
Johnny sold two wraps of cocaine from his car in Hornchurch, Essex, in December last year. He received £80 cash for the drugs.
James Lachkovic, defending, told Southend crown court that Johnny was “simply a delivery boy”.
He added: “One simply cannot envisage a lesser role than that”.
Judge Jonathan Black, sentencing, told Johnny he was “stupid” for agreeing to sell drugs. He added: “This will no doubt cause embarrassment to your sister who has taken a strong anti-drugs stance.”
Johnny was also ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work in the community. He will also have to pay court costs of £600.
Johnny, whose mum Janis, 51, is a Police Community Support Officer, said he is no longer using drugs.
There is no suggestion that Jesy, from Romford, Essex, was aware of her brother’s dealing. The Little Mix singer won the eighth series of the X Factor with bandmates Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall.
Little Mix star Perrie Edwards has finally confirmed she is in a relationship with One Direction's Zayn Malik, after months of speculation and denial.
The ‘Cannonball’ singer made the revelation on This Morning today and admitted that the two are “really happy” together.
The two young singers have been rumoured to be dating for several months, ever since Little Mix won The X Factor in 2011. And to show their fans they are serious, the couple shared a public kiss for the first time in front of the cameras.
“Obviously we are together and I think everyone knows that now,” Perrie told This Morning hosts Holly Willhoughby and Philip Schofield today. “I am really, really happy but I’m not going to get into details.”
The four-piece girl group went on to discuss the nature of being in a long distance relationship, with Zayn currently out in the US on tour with One Direction. Perrie said the nature of their jobs makes it easier to deal with: “You’re more understanding because you get it,” Perrie explained. “And it’s more exciting when you see each other.”
Little Mix are currently preparing to unveil their new single and album after the release of their first single ‘Cannonball’ back in December 2011. One Direction are out in America at present on their first US headline tour, and are set to continue the nationwide jaunt with a performance tonight (25th May) at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
It seems that any lady who is linked to one of the One Direction boys will be under fire from their dedicated fans.
It was reported earlier this week that Little Mix star Perrie Edwards had decided to delete her official Twitter account after receiving death threats and abuse from One Direction fans, but Perrie has allegedly left to join her bandmates on the group’s official page.
The ‘Cannonball’ singer has been romantically linked to the One Direction heartthrob since filming the video for a charity single during Perrie’s time on the X Factor last year. The pair enjoyed a cinema date on April 27, where they watched ‘Avengers Assemble’.
Zayn later tweeted the blonde singer, saying: “yeah tonight was fun lets do it again sometime ;) x x “
Later adding: “So happy to be going home missed every1 so much ! :) especially you ;) x x x x”
The One Direction star was spotted leaving Perrie’s London home one morning last week, suggesting they’d spent the night together. However, fans on Twitter have suggested Perrie actually left Twitter as part of a pact with the Little Mix girls, with user @1DsBromances explaining: “Perrie didn’t leave Twitter because of hate. Her and the rest of Little Mix deleted so no member had more followers than the other.”
In support of this, Jade and Leigh-Anne’s accounts have also been deleted, suggesting that Perrie left of her own accord. Little Mix's management refused to comment on the situation when contacted.
After enjoying a cinema date recently it appears that One Direction’s Zayn Malik and Little Mix star Perrie Edwards enjoyed a sleepover last week.
The pop duo were seen leaving her London home early in the morning last Wednesday suggesting they may well have spent the night together. Perrie, who has denied dating the boy band heartthrob in the past, was seen beaming at Zayn as the pair exited her house.
Meanwhile Zayn, 19, was all smiles as he was photographed heading to a car carrying a bright pink suitcase. Althought the pair weren’t holding hands, the sighting suggests the pair are more than just good friends.
Both Zayn and Perrie have remained tight-lipped about their blossoming romance but it appears they have been spending more and more time together in recent weeks. Late last month Perrie wrote on her Twitter: ‘Just went to see avengers assemble and it was #boring. Good night though! xD @zaynmalik.’
The One Direction singer later tweeted: ‘Yeah tonight was fun lets do it again sometime ;) x x’
Last December, Perrie came forward to deny reports that she was dating Zayn. The pair were linked when One Direction performed on The X Factor, which Little Mix won, back in November.
Talking about meeting Zayn and the former X Factor boy band, Perrie revealed: ‘They were so nice and gave us loads of advice. But right now I haven’t got the time for romance. It’s all about the music, the tour and then the album.’
Perrie later said: ‘Apparently we are dating. We met One Direction at the charity single and Jade is mates with them. We did text and I said thanks for the support. But, no, we didn’t kiss.’
One Direction singer Zayn Malik has become a global heartthrob thanks to the boy’s success, and has adapted the ‘rugged bad boy’ image thanks to his tattoos. However, it seems in private the 19 year-old is struggling with his new found fame.
According to Now Magazine, the attention from fans on their recent tour of Australia, New Zealand and the US has all got too much for the Bradford born lad. Fans reportedly ruined a night out in Syndey for the quietest member of the band where he even had to be escorted to the toilet to protect him from eager Directioners.
“It was ridiculous. Zayn kept saying it was all too much and he was just trying to have a fun night out.” An eyewitness told the magazine.
“The crowd were bombarding the two lads and throwing themselves at them. It was so bad that one of the group’s bouncers had to ask for an area near the bar to be cordoned off.”
While Harry Styles basked in the attention it seemed Zayn found it a little over-whelming.
“He was the quieter of the two,” the eyewitness, who spent the evening with the boys revealed. “When a wet T-shirt contest began, Zayn was just quietly looking and smiling, but Harry went crazy and kept geeing up the crowd. He kept wanting to leave but the bouncers had to block him with their arms for safety.”
Zayn is reported to be dating Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards, and the singer wasted no time in meeting up with the pretty blonde when the boys jetted back into the country earlier this week. The pair enjoyed a date at the cinema days after their return.
It seems that when The X Factor create their own groups, they do not fully research names enough. Last year’s X Factor winners Little Mix, were originally name Rythmix but had to change their name after it was revealed that there was already a charity with that name.
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It seems that multi millionaire music mogul Simon Cowell is not content with the success that One Direction are having and is keen to get Little Mix on the US radar. The Little Mix girls, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards, recently had a meeting with Simon Cowell.