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.”