XTRA FACTOR hostess Caroline Flack and toyboy Harry Styles were yesterday banned from mixing with each other on set.
One Direction’s Harry, 17, and Caroline, 32, were told to stay apart at rehearsals to prevent anything hampering preparations for tonight’s final.
One Direction performed a show-stopping medley with fellow boyband JLS last night – but producers did not want him distracting Caroline from her duties on Xtra Factor.
A backstage source said: “Caroline and Harry are terribly mischievous when they are together and they needed to make sure things remained professional between them. Harry was on one side of the building and Caroline was away on the other side.”
They had their first public date on Friday, watching Coldplay at London’s O2 Arena. A source said: “Both of them were raving about it afterwards and are totally smitten.”
Caroline said recently of the relationship: “It is a social thing that people are not accepting big age gaps. I keep thinking, ‘What have I done wrong?’”
She said that when she had “die bitch, die” warnings on Twitter, Harry told her: “Don’t listen to Twitter.
She said: “He became the mature one at that point.”
One Direction and JLS did a mash-up on tonight’s X Factor! I will upload the video as soon as it’s available. Meanwhile, check out the pictures of the performance and the backstage photos!
Harry Styles was spotted out and about in London, earlier on today, 8th November. Which girls missed out on a picture? None! Because he kindly posed with the fans!
The 32-year-old was on ITV’s Daybreak this morning with co-presenter Olly Murs to discuss The X Factor finale but Kate Garroway couldn’t resist probing the Xtra Factor host on her relationship with the 17-year-old heartthrob.
She put it to her straight and asked: ‘Harry, One Direction, are you in love or just friends?
After a bout of awkward laughter, Flack did not deny the relationship and coyly replied: ‘Ummm..he’s really nice.
‘He’s a lot younger than me which some people say is a bit strange. But do you know what? He’s a really nice guy and we have a lot of fun hanging out together and hey, what’s wrong with that?’
The admission comes just days after the tired looking 1D star was spotted leaving Caroline’s north London home after reportedly spending the night.
Harry is said to have arrived there at 10pm the night before with an overnight bag.
Caroline Flack has defended her romance with Harry Styles.
The ‘Xtra Factor’ presenter and the One Direction heartthrob have recently started dating and she has attracted criticism because she is 15 years his senior.
Caroline, 32, doesn’t understand why people have a problem with their relationship.
She said: “I feel like I shouldn’t have to worry about what I do. But it’s a social thing that people aren’t accepting of big age gaps.
“I keep thinking, ‘What have I done wrong?’ But I haven’t done anything wrong.
“What’s hard for me to get my head around is people saying that it’s disgusting. I don’t think it is. Some people tend to see the negative immediately and that’s what I find strange. If two people like each other and get on, why does anyone else find a negative in it?
“I know it’s human nature for everyone to gossip. But why say it’s bad? No one’s being hurt.”
After it was revealed the pair are dating, a group of fans of 17-year-old Harry – calling themselves ‘Directioners’ – posted a string of hateful messages to Caroline on twitter but she says the One Direction singer helped her to cope with it because he is so “mature”.
She told Now magazine: “It went too far. It’s a form of bullying from people who are hiding behind a computer. I knew they were just a minority of One Direction fans and all very young – it’s a kind of fanatical obsession.
“I can’t take it seriously or I’d never leave my house.
“He told me, ‘Don’t listen to twitter’. So he became the mature one at that point.”
She has failed to deny talk of a budding romance between herself and the teenage boyband member who is poised on the brink of massive stardom.
But it seems that Caroline Flack’s secret is finally out as One Direction singer Harry Styles, 17, was seen leaving her home London home at 9.30am yesterday morning, confirming the 32-year-old is smitten with the school-leaver.
In pictures that will break the hearts of One Direction’s young female fans, the tousle-haired heartthrob was seen leaving the Xtra Factor host’s home carrying his overnight bag.
Caroline emerged two hours later at 11.30am with a wry smile from her Muswell Hill home, but hiding behind her trendy sunglasses.
According to The Sun newspaper, 17-year-old Harry arrived the night before at 10pm.
Earlier Caroline had been spotted buying food and wine for what appeared to be a romantic evening in – though Harry is not legally old enough to drink any alcohol.
The pair first sparked speculation of a romance back in October, when they shared a drunken kiss at a party and were caught on camera flirting during the reality series spin-off show broadcast on ITV2.
Floppy-haired Harry was later quizzed about the kiss, which can be seen in the video below, but he fails deny the accusation while quipping that Caroline is ‘hot’.
The pair first sparked speculation of a romance back in October, when they shared a kiss and were caught on camera flirting during the reality series spin-off show broadcast on ITV2.
Floppy-haired Harry was later quizzed about the tender moment, which can be seen in the video below, squirming awkwardly in his seat and failing to deny the accusation while quipping that Caroline is ‘hot’.
Last month, the pair were seen sharing desserts at a restaurant in St Martin’s Lane Hotel, London, before leaving together in the same taxi.
As I’ve promised, I have uploaded photos of One Direction Performing @ the Jingle Bell Ball photos. Check them out!
Also check out the new photos from the interview and the red carpet I have uploaded, right here.