One Direction hottie Zain Malik is said to be 'secretly dating' fellow X Factor 2010 finalist Rebecca Ferguson. News Of The World's notorious showbiz gossiper Dan Wootton claims the that 18-year-old Zain, who has previously been linked to Cher Lloyd and Belle Amie's Geneva Lane, is "besotted with Rebecca."
According to those ever unreliable insiders however, music label bosses are concerned about the pairing. "This relationship could damage Rebecca's career," an insider told the tabloid.
"She's seen as the devoted mum who doesn't have time for relationships, especially with a teenager. And One Direction girl fans will hate the thought of Zain having a relationship with someone older."
The source added: "There's a lot riding on them. Simon won't want a silly little tour romance to hurt them professionally."
Syco-signed One Direction are due to unveil their debut single soon, while details of Rebecca's debut album with rival label Epic are still scarce.