Little Mix have cancelled their upcoming tour dates in Australia and New Zealand.

The band announced the sad news on their shared Twitter account on Wednesday night, explaining that they need time to work on new music.

Using a screenshot from the Notes app, they tweeted: “We are really sad to announce that we have to cancel our upcomimg Australian and New Zealand tour dates.

“We are so sorry for disappointing our fans who were coming to the shows.

“This is not a decision we’ve taken lightly but we have to use this time to focus on recording new music.

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“Please contact your point of purchase for a full refund on tickets.”

They were due to perform in Perth on December 7, Adelaide on December 10, Melbourne December 13, Syndey on December 14 and finally Brisbane on December 16.

Fans were left devastated by the news, with hundreds responding to the statement.

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One tweeted: “A refund on tickets is nothing compared to the fans’ feelings.. I’m out of words seriously we love you the most but it is so heartbreaking.”

“I am heartbroken! I was looking forward to this,” another posted.

Others pointed out that the girls had cancelled their US Salute Tour for the same reason in 2014.

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It comes after the band revealed they are hosting a new BBC talent show called The Search.

In 2020 the girl band, who shot to stardom on The X Factor as they were crowned champions in 2011, will be looking for singers to form different groups.

Whoever wins the show, made by ModestTV, will even get to perform with the girls – made up of Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock – during their 2020 summer tour.