Little Mix have hit out at Heat magazine in the UK for quoting a source who claims that Perrie Edwards is feeling "pushed out of the group".

Taking to their Facebook page, the girl band said, "It brightens our day to see the great level of 'journalism', research and 'sources' Heat magazine and Lucy Vine [the journalist who wrote the piece] bring to the media. We've never read such rubbish!

"We have no fallen out, there is no rivalry or tension, we grow closer professionally and as friends every single day and we guess it should be taken as a compliment that people resort to stories like this to try and bring us down."

They added, "Thank you so much for gracing us with a two-page spread in your glorious magazine. And Lucy, we suggest you take up writing children's stories . . . that or fiction seeing as you're so good at writing bullshit."