But it turns out another X Factor alumnus has been having a secret romance and we really need to keep our finger on the surprising celebrity couple pulse, 'cause we definitely didn't see this one coming, Olly Murs, who was runner up to Joe Mc Elderry on series six of the show in 2009, has reportedly been dating presenter Melanie Sykes for almost a year.
“Mel loves a younger man and really fell for Olly when he got into shape late last year," a source told The Sun.
Back in April, Mel shared a snap of the two of them from backstage at the 02.
She captioned the post, "Not much can get me out on a Saturday night but this guy has!
It was said that they'd bonded over a love of fitness, despite the two insisting they were just friends. Fans of the TV presenter flocked to the comments section to support her, with one writing: "Stunning hun, ignore them," whilst another added: "Far too many trolls out there @msmelaniesykes they are just miserable people who don't really have a life of their own." She also posted the snap on her Twitter account, and received 160 responses.
Melanie posted a pic of herself looking all glam to her 126k followers, and defiantly wrote: "To all Those writing shite about me and my life. Last week, a source told The Sun: "Mel loves a younger man and really fell for Olly when he got into shape late last year." The source added that there is a "real physical attraction" between the two, and said that the pair had been swapping "saucy" messages.
The pair are said to have been dating in secret for the past year after exchanging a series of racy messages and bonding over their fitness regimes. Mel, 47, is said to have a thing for younger men and singer 33-year-old Olly’s new gym bod caught her eye.
There's been hints of a blossoming romance between Olly - who is now a coach on The Voice - and Mel for a while now.
“They were initially introduced through a mutual friend.
They started texting for ages and some of the messages ended up getting quite saucy." "They ended up meeting for a date and have had a whole series of secret dates at his house where she will sometimes stay overnight," the source continued.
on Friday (January 5), where he revealed he and Mel may have had more of a romance than they initially let on.
It was reported that the couple had been dating in secret, visiting each other's homes for up to a year, but this was denied by both parties at the time those rumours surfaced."Every time I pick up a paper it seems at the moment to be 'Olly spoke to this girl, he must be dating her'," Olly said."I'm like 'no, I'm single'.