Little Mix have set the record straight on their split from Simon Cowell's label Syco after the music mogul claimed it was over their song Woman Like Me.

It was revealed in November that the girl group had parted ways with Syco, just days before the release of their latest album LM5.

The group - comprised of Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards - had been signed to Syco since being discovered on The X Factor in 2011.

Cowell recently claimed that the band didn't want to record the single Woman Like Me, which became the lead single from LM5, and now they have spoken about this statement for the first time.

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Band member Jesy Nelson said in an interview with The Guardian newspaper: "So this is what happened. We so wanted to write a song like Strip and were so passionate about releasing it as our first single.

"We’d co-directed the video, we’d done the photoshoot, so we were excited. Obviously when Woman Like Me was put on the table, in our heads Strip was going to be the first single, and [Woman Like Me] didn’t feel exactly like what we’d sing about.

"So we went in, tweaked the lyrics, changed the production, and got Nicki [Minaj] on it, which was an absolute dream.

"We didn’t despise it at all. It’s a banger."

The original version of Woman Like Me was written by Ed Sheeran and Jess Glynne.

Little Mix are set to play three dates at Dublin's 3Arena in October this year.