THE Little Mix girls wept between songs as they geared up for their final tour performance before taking a hiatus.
Storming on to the stage in an explosion of rainbow fireworks, they had the crowd roaring with smash hits Shout Out To My Ex, Heartbreak Anthem and Break Up Song.
And as they launched into the second act, Secret Love Song Part II saw the entire arena lit up by glowing smartphones swaying in time to the lyrics.
Things took an emotional turn when the girls opened up about their ten-year friendship.
Appearing alongside Leigh-Anne and Perrie on a platform suspended from the ceiling, Jade told the audience: “We’ve laughed together, cried together.
“We have got each other through some of the darkest times of our lives, and created some of the most amazing memories, and we love each other so much.”
Taking over, a tearful Perrie said: “I need to contain myself because this is going to be, like, a really ugly cry!
“The love we have for each other is ridiculous.
“I want to take this moment to say to Jade and Leigh-Anne, I love you more than anything — and I can’t thank you enough for the past ten years of my life.
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“You’ve been my rock, you’ve been my shoulder to cry on, I really appreciate it and I love you so, so much.”
Addressing the crowd again, Perrie, who wiped away tears, went on: “You guys, we love you so, so much.
“We want to leave you with a very special song. It’s essentially a love song for each other.
“It’s about our journey but we can never get through it without crying.
“So, London, can you help us get through this one?”
As the crowd roared, they launched into Between Us.
When first Jade and then Leigh-Anne broke down in tears and were unable to get out their lyrics, the audience helped them fill in the gaps.
But they recovered for the final act and were back in full party mode with anthems Hit The Floor and Salute, finishing off with Sweet Melody.
That awkward detail aside — and the omission of mega-hit DNA from the setlist — it was a fitting tribute to one of our best-loved girl bands.
We can’t wait to see them back again.
JAMIE LAING’s fiancée Sophie Habboo says the Made In Chelsea star thinks of Judi Dench in bed.
He confirmed, “Damn straight! Anyone who can boss James Bond around is . . . ” and winked.
They revealed his unlikely crush on Chris and Rosie Ramsey’s BBC2 show, which begins tomorrow at 9pm.
DOCKERY IN FROCK SHOCKER
DOWNTON Abbey actress Michelle Dockery shocked movie bosses during filming by leaping into a swimming pool while wearing her vintage costume.
Michelle, who plays Lady Mary Crawley, was wearing authentic Twenties gear described as “irreplaceable” to shoot scenes set on the French Riviera for the second Downton movie, A New Era.
The costume team could only watch in horror as Michelle unexpectedly took the plunge and jumped – fully clothed – into a pool on set.
A source said: “Many of the Downton costumes are genuine antiques, to the extent that they can’t ever be washed for risk of damage.
“These are very expensive items. It was not a good moment.”
Only last month, the movie’s costume designer Anna Robbins said: “The fabrics are irreplaceable and they’re becoming scarcer and scarcer.
“There are some valuable originals in there.”
There’s one less of them now.
GLEN: I’M GUNNER BE SICK
FILMING of Top Gun: Maverick was disrupted by cast members being violently sick after they were subjected to powerful g-forces while performing extreme stunts in the air.
Glen Powell, who plays young pilot Jake “Hangman” Seresin in the much-anticipated action sequel, told how the main cast underwent three months of training ahead of shooting.
But that was not enough to stop them reaching for the sick bags at key moments.
Glen, who admitted he was blindsided by the nausea, added that leading man Tom Cruise – reprising his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell from the original Top Gun in 1986 – was the only one who managed to keep his composure.
He revealed: “There was a lot of puke during filming.
“Before shooting, Tom sent us on three months of training to get used to the g-force.
“(But) even with training, nothing prepares you for the intensity of flying in an F-18.
“We were all flying once a day and Tom was up there three times every day.
“But it didn’t faze him at all.
“There we are, all being sick into bags, and he is taking everything in his stride.
“The guy is a machine.”
DIZZEE RASCAL has split from his manager and co-writer after the rapper’s conviction for assaulting the mother of his two children.
Nick Denton, who co-wrote the No1 hit Dance Wiv Me with Calvin Harris, has stood down as a director of Dizzee Rascal’s Backlash Entertainments.
He remains a director and shareholder of their record label Dirtee Stank Recordings.
The disgraced grime star – real name Dylan Mills – was handed a one-year restraining order and a 24-week curfew for assaulting his ex Cassandra Jones.
STEPHEN NEEDS A LIE DOWN
PANICKED BBC bosses called every hotel in Newcastle hoping to find a bed big enough for 6ft 7in comedy hero Stephen Merchant . . . and failed.
The actor was in the North East for the premiere of The Outlaws’ second season on Friday as part of the BBC Comedy Festival.
An insider said: “Bosses rang every hotel in the vicinity but failed to find a bed big enough to fit his long frame.
“It was embarrassing after he made the trip all the way up to Newcastle.”
In the end, Stephen – who created The Outlaws and co-stars in it – made do with a king-size bed and the advice to sleep diagonally.
He recently said: “Being very tall from a young age, I always felt like I stood out, whether I liked it or not.
“In everyday life, I was trying to blend in.
“Performing was a way of taking ownership of that. If you’re going to stand out from the crowd anyway, why not take full control of it?
“It was only later I realised, ‘Oh, everyone wants to be tall – this is a superpower, and I’ve somehow been ashamed of it’.”
The view must be great up there.
AFTER 11 years, Geordie Shore is going on hiatus, we hear.
But before it goes, MTV producers have invited back old faces such as Charlotte Crosby and Gaz Beadle for a farewell, alongside current housemates.
A source said: “Some of the OGs will be making an appearance as the house closes its doors for good, even if it’s just popping in to talk with the current cast about their best and worst times filming the most scandalous show on TV.”
Ta ra, pets.
I GOT YOUR BECK
A MONTH after saying, “I do”, it looks like Brooklyn Beckham is still carrying wife Nicola Peltz over the threshold.
Laying on the PDAs while out in London’s Soho, Nicola planted a big, grateful kiss on his cheek after Brooklyn lifted her up.
A piggy back at the end of a night in heels?
We’d do the same.