Perrie Louise Edwards was born on 10 July 1993, and raised in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, to parents Alexander Edwards and Deborah Duffy. She has an older brother named Jonnie. Her first audition was "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette. Edwards attended Radipole Primary School in Weymouth, Dorset before moving back to South Shields. She is a graduate of St. Peter and Paul RC Primary School, in South Shields, and attended Mortimer Community College, also in South Shields, for five years, where she excelled in both academic and performance subjects. Edwards transferred and graduated from Newcastle College, where she received a BTEC in Performing Arts.
In 2011, while on the X Factor, Edwards met One Direction singer Zayn Malik. The two began dating in March 2012. In 2013, Edwards became engaged to Malik. On 4 August 2015, representatives for Malik told Us Weekly that the couple had called off their engagement.