Tamera Foster has opened up about her relationship with fellow X Factor 2013 finalist Sam Callahan.
The pair have been romantically linked repeated this series, even after Sam was eliminated from the competition earlier this month.
Having denied anything more than a friendship, Tamera revealed this week: “Sam and I are close, we are a unit. We understand each other.
“He wasn’t getting the best comments from the judges but he does things in a positive way. He is a really good support system.”
We told yesterday how the pair had continued to remain close despite Sam no longer living in the X Factor house with Tamera.
"They're still claiming that they're just friends but the pair appear to be getting very cosy together," a source revealed to us.
Meanwhile, Tamera has heaped praise on her mentor Nicole Scherzinger for helping with hateful comments from some fans.
“It’s really hurtful. No matter what you do, someone is always going to have something negative to say against you," Tamera told The Sun newspaper today. “Nicole has taken me under her wing.
"It’s really nice because she is a huge star and she sees potential in me — a 16-year-old from Gravesend. I think, ‘Is this really happening?’
“Nicole’s amazing, a really good mentor to have. She doesn’t mold me to be a mini-her, she gives me the best advice — to stay true to myself."
She added: “And on the live shows I should try to find what the song means to me and sing it from the heart.”
The X Factor continues this Saturday and Sunday night on ITV.
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