Jess Glynne wrote Little Mix's new single.

Jess Glynne

Jess Glynne

The 'All I Am' hitmaker has revealed she initially penned the track 'Woman Like You' with Ed Sheeran and legendary songwriter Steve Mac for herself while she was putting together her album 'Always In Between' but she later decided to give it to the girls because she didn't think the sound suited the direction of her LP.

Speaking on 'The Official Vodafone Big Top 40', she said: "I wrote that song for me with Ed and Steve Mac... [but] the writing process with an album changes and directions change, and it just didn't fit with where the album was going.

"The girls wanted to use it and I love them, we're cool, and they recorded it and it sounded great. They got Nicki [Minaj] on it, which is really exciting, and they're making the most of it. It was going to be one of my main songs a while ago... we had to change some of the lyrics a little bit just to suit them."

The 28-year-old singer wasn't asked to feature on the song when Little Mix - comprised of Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jesy Nelson - recorded it, but she thinks they may have kept a few of her vocals.

She explained: "I'm not on the song - there is a few, little things they might have kept on there. Unfortunately, I was away when they recorded it...[but] I've spoken to the girls on the phone - it was fun to do."

Little Mix announced over the weekend that they had collaborated with Nicki Minaj on 'Woman Like You' - taken from their highly-anticipated upcoming fifth studio album - and it will be available for download from October 12.

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