Zayn Malik's pop star girlfriend Perrie Edwards has pulled out of upcoming shows with her band Little Mix after suffering throat issues.

The One Direction singer's partner will not perform with the group during their scheduled December (12) concerts so she can resolve a "recurring tonsil problem".

Her three bandmates - Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall - will still take to the stage at the gigs, including an appearance at Capital Fm's Jingle Bell Ball at London's O2 Arena on Saturday (08Dec12).

A spokesperson tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Perrie is very disappointed to miss out. However, Leigh-Anne, Jade and Jesy do not want to let down the fans coming to see them so will perform at the upcoming shows, including Capital Fm's Jingle Bell Ball at the O2 this Saturday, without her until she is well enough to return."