“The Xtra Factor” co-host Caroline Flack is dipping into “The X Factor” U.K. pool for her love life. Flack, 32, is reportedly dating One Direction member Harry Styles, who is 17 years old. One Direction (a teenage male singing group) came in third place on “The X Factor” in 2010.
If Flack is having a sexual relationship with Styles, it is not illegal, because in England, the legal age of consent to have sexual intercourse is 16 years old.
The Sun reports:
The 17-year-old singer was seen on Tuesday night [November 15, 2011] enjoying a cosy meal with the leggy Xtra Factor host, who is 15 years his senior.
The pair shared a couple of desserts at a posh restaurant in London’s St Martins Lane hotel. They sat close to one another and were open about being out together.
After finishing their meal, the giggling couple sauntered out of the main entrance at 11pm and hopped into the same chauffeur-driven car.
A source said: “Caroline and Harry attended a showbiz bash, then went for a meal at the Asia De Cuba restaurant.
“They were clearly enjoying being together and didn’t seem to care who saw them. Two other friends joined them while they were eating, but it was clear they only had eyes for each other.
“Earlier in the evening Caroline was in the lobby of the hotel on her phone waiting for Harry to arrive. Later they didn’t try to hide the fact that they were jumping in a cab together either.”
Last month Harry and Caroline, 32, sparked rumours of a relationship as they were seen kissing at an X Factor party.
Soon after, Harry wrote on Twitter: “Sometimes things happen and you suddenly get a whole new outlook on life.”
British tabloids are reporting that Styles and Flack’s relationship is not exclusive, since Styles is rumored to be the biggest womanizer in One Direction.
One Direction member Louis Tomlinson, who shares an apartment with Styles, told The Sun: “The worst thing about living with Harry is the constant stream of women he is getting through the door. It’s relentless.”
“The Xtra Factor” features behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with “X Factor” U.K. stars, contestants and guest performers. Flack co-hosts “The Xtra Factor” with Olly Murs, who came in second place on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2009.
Styles is not the only member of One Direction to date an older woman who is affiliated with “The X Factor” U.K.
Zayn Malik, 18, had a brief relationship with 24-year-old Rebecca Ferguson, who came in second place on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2010. Malik and Ferguson dated for about four months before breaking up in July 2011.
November 17, 2011 update: Styles and Flack have posted things on their respective Twitter accounts that address their relationship.
Styles posted photo of himself holding a sign that says, “To Flackster! Never too old … Lets make it happen!! Lots of Love Harry S.”
Flack made this announcement on Twitter: “Hi one direction fans! To clarify. I’m close friends with harry.. He’s one of the nicest people I know… I don’t deserve death threats :)”