Perrie Edwards and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were first linked in 2016 before making things IG official in January 2017 with a picture of Alex sitting next to their dogs at the dinner table, which basically told us straight away that this was quite clearly a match made in heaven. But how did they actually meet and what have they been up to since officially becoming boyfriend and girlfriend? Here's a look back at how the couple first started dating, and the milestones since... starting with the most recent update.
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November 20, 2020: It sounds a lot like Perrie Edwards is eager for Alex to pop the question! The Little Mix star appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show alongside bandmates Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall, and joked that her boyfriend needed to hurry up and get down on one knee.
The girls and fellow guest Joe Wicks were discussing proposals, with Joe revealing he proposed in the Maldives, while Leigh-Anne opened up about how Andre Gray asked her, and Jade revealed she was the one to ask boyfriend Jordan Stephens out earlier this year.
"I think it's good to do reversal," Jade said. "I asked Jordan [Stephens] out. I think it's 2020 isn't it? We do what we want, don't we?'
Perrie then chimed in, "I'd like it to be the traditional way. I hope he's watching this and heard Joe's incredible story. Four years we've been together!"
Alex, did you hear that? 👀
Now check out the rest of Perrie and Alex's relationship timeline...
November 2016: Dating rumours start swirling after Perrie is spotted at one of Alex's Arsenal games. Around the same time, it was also reported that the footballer went to support the singer at The X Factor when Little Mix were performing. An insider told Sun Online: "Alex is clearly smitten with Perrie and he looked like he loved the girls' performance. He didn’t take his eyes off her throughout the entire thing and he didn’t stop smiling."
January 2017: Perrie and her mum Debbie both follow Alex on Instagram and the pair make their relationship Instagram official. The picture? Perrie posted a cute snap of Alex sitting next to her dog Hatchi and Alex's dog at the dinner table. However, she mysteriously ended up deleting it and fans were convinced they had already split.
February 2017: But silencing any split speculation, a month later Perrie posted a shot of them kissing in front of the Eiffel Tower. "Him," she simply captioned it.
February 2017: Three weeks after their Paris trip, Perrie posts a picture of them posing together ahead of the Brit Awards. It was a big moment for Perrie as Little Mix's 'Shout Out To My Ex' won Best British Single on the night.
June 2017: The pair enjoy their first holiday together as a couple and it looks incredible.
December 2017: Cutest couple ever? Perrie posts a picture of her planting a kiss on Alex's cheek and refers to the footballer as her "squishy". She captioned it: "I shall call him SQUISHY and he shall be MINE and he shall be MY squishy! 🤗❤️."
December 2017: Just a little over a year after they first met, the pair look completely smitten as they celebrate Christmas together for the first time.
October 2018: The footballer proves he's a huge Little Mix fan by singing along to an unreleased track - his "fave" - from the girls' LM5 album.
She later tweeted: "I’m probably gunna get in trouble for my insta story but f**k it ey I’m just giving you all what you want! #WhoopsILeakedABit #LM5 I LOVE YOU ALL! P <3."
August 2018: The pair jet to Mykonos for a romantic break and take the time out to pose for some very hot snaps, which basically look like they've come straight out of a magazine.
December 2018: Perrie and Alex share a sweet festive post of them wearing a giant Christmas jumper. "Christmas time is the most wonderful time of the year! Not for the presents or the food (which OBV I adore) but for the love I have around me. I feel so blessed and lucky! I love and appreciate you all so much! Merry Christmas everyone! Spread love and be merry," she captioned it.
January 2019: The singer jokes that they almost split up over a game of Articulate (we've all been there). "We had date night, it was competitive, it got out of hand," she said on Radio 1's Superstar Playlist alongside her bandmates.
“I swear to God I thought he was going to dump me – and I thought I was going to dump him. If you think I’m competitive, you should meet him.”
February 2019: The couple make a gorgeous red carpet duo at the Brit Awards where Little Mix win an award for Best British Video for 'Woman Like Me'.
June 2019: Perrie and Alex enjoy a holiday together in Ibiza and share lots of pictures from the trip, including snaps of their water skiing and paddle boarding adventures. As well as some very posed couple shots...
July 2019: The Little Mix star opens up about their relationship to Notion Magazine, saying: "I'm a little creep sometimes, I'm a little weirdo. And he loves me for that, and that's why I'm like, 'Woohoo!' You know? I don't have to put on a front and be this perfect girlfriend."
November 2019: The pair spark engagement rumours after Perrie accidentally spells her boyfriend's surname wrong in an Instagram Story upload.
"You to me are everything my Alex Oxlade-Chamberlaine OH BABY OH BABEHH," she captioned a picture of her boyfriend. But fans were quick to spot the spelling gaffe, while Alex himself even replied saying he couldn't believe she got it wrong.
Perrie's response? "It'll be way easier to spell when it's my second name and I have to write it all the time."
December 2019: Alex and Perrie get all glammed up and take a series of selfies that are super cute. "Here are some rare selfies I forced my boyfriend to do! Enjoy 🖤," the singer wrote.
March 27, 2020: Perrie and Alex have welcomed a new addition to the family - an adorable French Bulldog called Travis! Perrie was showing off the cute pup during an Instagram Live with fans while telling everyone poor Hatchi has been jealous. The following morning she appeared on ITV's Good Morning Britain and gave an update on what it’s been like self-isolating with Alex over the last few days.
Joking to the hosts, she shared: "It's like giving a child have Coca Cola and a whole bag of sweets and putting them in a room and keeping them in there. He's got so much energy!"
Perrie also said she’s been doing things she doesn’t usually have time for when busy with the band. "We're just trying to stay positive and keep ourselves busy and I've just been doing loads of stuff like knitting, a bit of baking, random stuff I never normally have time for," she continued.
The singer also revealed how much prep went into their impressive Tik Tok dance routine, which quickly went viral last week.
"It took me a good while. Alex learned straight away because he's annoyingly good at everything, so he got it straight away and I just kept getting it wrong. He's really good at stuff like that, but I kept getting scared on the stairs, like if I fell and broke an ankle. But it was really fun when we got it, it was brilliant."
April 2, 2020: Alex gives an insight into what self isolating with Perrie during the coronavirus pandemic has been like, as well as giving his opinion on the new Little Mix single is.
"Is Perrie annoying you yet or are you getting on in isolation?" one fan asked, to which Alex replied, "She has been tremendous during quarantine. She's proper house wifey. She's been cleaning up, cooking every day, meals have been unbelievable. She doesn't get annoyed with me playing the Playstation. She's top, I love her!"
Asked what he thought of 'Break Up Song', Alex continued, "I really like it, it's got that old school Eighties vibe. It's a bop, it's a bop. It gets played about 800 times in this house every day at the minute. If you haven't already, check it out."
April 29, 2020: Perrie has given fans an insight into what it's been like isolating with Alex, and it sounds like she couldn't be happier. During an interview with KIIS FM's Kyle & Jackie O Show, the Little Mix singer shared: "I feel like I'm really enjoying this, I can't lie. I'm having the time of my life!"
She went on: "I've never spent so much time with my boyfriend, I've never spent so much time in my house. Like, I've never had just so much time on my hands to do stuff that I've always wanted to do, so it has been nice."
Sounds like these two have got it on lock!
5 May, 2020: "Quarantine nights 🖤 @alexoxchamberlain," Perrie wrote with a photo of the pair and their dogs, sat in front of a fire pit. Alex later shared a similar set of photos, only this time with marshmellows, with the added caption, "Tranquilo 👌🏽 @perrieedwards".
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