Zayn Malik and Rebecca Ferguson split! Was it ever going to last?

Zayn and Rebecca

X Factor lovebirds Zayn Malik and Rebecca Ferguson have split, the Liverpool lass has revealed this morning. The 24-year-old, who announced her relationship with One Direction's Zayn earlier this year, took to Twitter to claim she had "decided to be single" after parting ways from the youngster.

The couple first got together on the show's live tour earlier this year, with Rebecca telling News Of The World back in May that she was 'genuinely in love' with the teenager.

"We’re really in love and it’s hard to see how negative things have become," the mum-of-two said at the time. “I want people to know that I’m happy, he’s happy and we’re in a loving, caring relationship. It’s sad that people are so against it.”

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And blasting claims the X Factor runner up was only after fame and fortune, she added: “I’ve got a career, I’ve got my own record deal and money, and I’ve got my own life. I’m not gaining anything from this. It’s genuine love.”

But with the six year age gap between the pair there was a fair amount of criticism aimed at Rebecca, who wowed fans with her amazing voice on last year's show. "He was after me for months. I was like: ‘No, you’re too young.'," Rebecca admitted. “But he really wooed me and it was a long, long struggle before anything happened.”

In a single Twitter message we've still not had a chance to finished analysing, Rebecca says she was "happy" to announce the split, saying she had "decided" to be single. Damage control or did she dump Zayn?

"I'm happy to say I've decided to be single my children my family and my career are now my world!!" Rebecca said on the social networking website, a tweet which she quickly deleted.

Zayn meanwhile decided not to say a word about the split, instead revealing he was a party at 5AM today.

The pair were reportedly house hunting in May, but denied they have got engaged!

> Zayn Malik and Rebecca Ferguson deny they're engaged as the pair house hunt!

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