I hate being the bearer of bad news, but X Factor stars Rebecca Ferguson and Zayn Malik, of boyband One Direction, have sadly split.
I’m told the couple are heartbroken, but they decided to end their romance for the sake of their careers.
Last year’s runner-up, Rebecca announced the split before telling friends she was “completely gutted” the union had ended.
She said: “I’m happy I’ve decided to be single – my children, my family and my career are now my world.”
A spokesman for Rebecca added: “It’s very sad, but it just wasn’t working.”
But sources close to mum-of-two Bex, 24, and Zayn, 18, say the pair are far from happy about the end of their unlikely relationship.
Fans of 1D have given Rebecca abuse for dating Zayn, and I’m told the main reason for the split was mounting pressure for the boyband star to be single for the start of the band’s pop career.
Rebecca revealed the news on Twitter, but her post was mysteriously taken down soon afterwards. My source reveals: “Rebecca’s gutted. Saying she was fine was a complete bluff for the fact that she’s heartbroken. Zayn’s upset too – he was getting a lot of pressure to be single for when the band start to release music.
“In the end they just realised it would be better if they were both unattached.”
Rather embarrassingly, in May the Liverpudlian singer couldn’t help but gush about her man Zayn. She also hit back at fans who had accused her of being a ‘cougar’ for dating such a young guy. She said: “There’s only six years’ difference. I mean, Madonna does it and gets a round of applause. I’m happy, he’s happy and we’re in a loving relationship.”
Give it a few years guys, then reunite. Ah, a pop love story…