Little Mix EMPTY without Perrie Edwards (perhaps Nicki Minaj could help out?) - EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The Little Mix girls were sad souls at the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball this weekend - missing poorly bandmate Perrie Edwards.

Little Mix want to be globalomg! spoke to the girls on the red carpet at the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball

Zayn Malik's gorgeous girlfriend had her tonsils out and was forced to pull out of a string of the Little Mix gigs.

And her bandmates Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Jesy Nelson told us that there is a big Perrie Edwards-shaped gap in their lives right now.

Speaking to us at the Jingle Bell Ball, Jesy said: "We miss her loads. She had tonsils taken out but she's all well and she sends her love but we're trouping on for our fans!"

"It feels very empty on the stage but she's fine so hopefully she'll be getting better."

Little Mix were without Perrie Edwards at the Jingle Bell Ball. Copyright [Rex]

Perrie, who headed over to be with her boyfriend Zayn in NYC last week, has withdrawn from all the band's gigs until at least the end of the year.

And she tweeted that she was miserable with pain, posting: "Wide awake! #paingoaway -.- I'm never up this early out of choice! I hate this :( how are my little mixers feeling? Perrie <3"

In the absence of newly-purple haired Perrie, we're wondering whether Little Mix should welcome a certain US star into the band.

The girls told us that Nicki Minaj would be their dream collaboration. Nicki, what say you?

Meanwhile it was Bruno Mars who really got them excited backstage at the Jingle Bell Ball.

Asked who they were most excited about seeing Jesy told us: "Bruno Mars. He's amazing. We saw him in soundcheck, he's unbelievable"

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The girls want to collaborate with Nicki Minaj. Copyright [Rex]