Last updated at 1:26 PM on 1st December 2011
It’s a match made in reality television heaven – Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards has apparently started dating One Direction heartthrob Zayn Malik.
The pair are said to have started seeing each other after sharing a steamy encounter following One Direction’s performance on The X Factor last month.
They were also spotted cuddling up when One Direction and Little Mix both filmed the video to the show’s charity single last weekend.
A match made in X Factor heaven! Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards is apparently dating One Direction’s Zayn Malik
However, news of Zayn, 18, and Perrie’s relationship is unlikely to please his bandmate Niall Horan, who has also reportedly been flirting with Perrie.
A source told The Sun: ‘Zayn has got in there first but Niall is obsessed with her too.
‘They met her on the video shoot and have both been trying to win her over.’
Glamour girls: Perrie with her Little Mix bandmates at the X Factor secret gig in London last night
Competition: Zayn’s bandmate Niall Horan, left, is also interested in Perrie
But Zayn and Perrie, 18, are said to be keen to keep their relationship as private as possible for now.
The source added: ‘They plan to come out as a couple after The X Factor has finished.’
In an interview with Look magazine earlier this week, Perrie remained quiet about her current relationship status, but did reveal: ‘I broke up with my boyfriend after The X Factor started. I think I did the right thing.’
Zayn is no stranger to dating a fellow X Factor contestant, having split from 2010 show runner-up Rebecca Ferguson earlier this year.
Liverpudlian single mother Rebecca had faced much criticism for dating teenager Zayn, who, at 18, was six years her junior.
The couple dated for four months before they separated saying they wanted to focus on their careers.
They are both rumoured to have realised that being single would be better for them.
Belting it out: Little Mix looked angelic all dressed in white on last weekend’s X Factor
Rebecca said after the split: ‘I’m happy I’ve decided to be single.
‘My children, my family and my career are now my world’, the Sunday Mirror reported.
Perrie last night joined her Little Mix bandmates at a secret X Factor gig held at the Talk Talk store in London’s Soho.
The ex files: Rebecca Ferguson and Zayn Malik were dating for four months