X Factor 2016: Sam Lavery denies romance with 5 After Midnight's Nathan

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X Factor 2016 contestant Samantha Lavery has insisted she's 100% single.

There have been reports linking Sam to fellow X Factor finalist Nathan from 5 After Midnight.

In fact, it was even claimed they were caught getting cosy in a cupboard backstage, an accusation which has been denied.

Quizzed on the rumours on the Xtra Factor, Sam said "How many times? He's like my brother!"

Host Rylan Clark-Neal quipped: "Well that's not right!"

Sam repeated: "I'm going to shut these [rumours] down right now, he's like my big brother."

Meanwhile, Sam spoke about another of her X Factor family on Sunday night after Gifty Louise was voted off the show.

"Honestly, me and Gifty have grown so close and we've come on such a journey from Six Chair Challenge and judges' houses," Sam said. "I'm just going t miss her so much because she's such a big personality.

"I don't have any sisters and she became that big sister I never had. Honestly, not having her there is going to be so hard."

And talking of Gifty, Nathan's 5 After Midnight bandmate Jordan has had to rubbish yet more romance rumours between him and the latest eliminee.

"Apparently, in this industry, boys and girls can’t be friends!" he said. "Me and Gifty share a good friendship and that’s all it is. We clash a lot in a good way.

"Because we’re always together, we get photographed together a lot and people perceive it as something that it’s not."

The X Factor 2016 is back next Saturday and Sunday on ITV from 8PM.

It's a Girl band v Boy Band theme and there will be a guest performance from Robbie Williams.

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