Nicole Scherzinger was just added to the list of older women that have allegedly hooked up with Harry Styles, but is the former Pussycat Dolls singer really a cougar?
Nicole Scherzinger reportedly had a fling with Harry Styles near the end of 2013. She was 35 at the time, Harry was 19, and Nicole was nursing a broken heart after her third breakup from on-again, off-again boyfriend Lewis Hamilton. Nicole and Harry first met in 2010 when she worked on the bootcamp segment of the U.K. version of The X Factor, and she helped put together One Direction. However, unlike Caroline Flack, Nicole waited until Harry was above high school age before she hooked up with him.
A source close to Nicole Scherzinger and Harry Styles recently told the Sun that Harry’s fling with 32-year-old Caroline Flack emboldened the young singer to pursue Nicole.
“Harry was obviously very taken by Nicole who is stunning and he had always looked up to her,” the source dished. “Harry was 19 at the time but had an old head on his shoulders because he’d already been in a relationship with Caroline Flack who was 14 years older than him.”
However, Harry and Nicole were never serious. They reportedly had an “electric chemistry,” but they evidently realized that trying to turn their attraction into a relationship simply wouldn’t work. Their fling supposedly started around the time The X Factor ended on December 15, 2013, but Harry was dating Kendall Jenner at the time. According to the Daily Mail, Harry was spotted at the same London hotel Kendall was staying at on December 15. So Harry was either seeing Kendall Jenner and Nicole Scherzinger at the same time, or The Sun‘s source is lying.
A source told the Mirror that Nicole Scherzinger was “really sad and very lonely” after her she and Lewis Hamilton split in June, 2013, and she struggled not to let her emotions show while working on the X Factor. Contestant Relley Clarke revealed that Scherzinger even shed a few tears when they were in Antigua.
“Nicole was emotional and cried,” Clarke said. “She didn’t speak to me about the Lewis thing. I wouldn’t ask her because it’s her private life.”
It’s possible that Nicole Scherzinger used a hookup with Harry Styles as a coping mechanism while trying to mend her broken heart. However, she recently dropped a hint that the Styles fling didn’t actually happen. According to Yahoo! Celebrity UK, she favorited a tweet that called The Sun‘s story “garbage.”
This isn’t the first time The Sun has linked Nicole Scherzinger to a younger singer. Two months ago, the tabloid claimed that Nicole was dating Harry Styles’ friend and collaborator, Ed Sheeran. The Sun alleged that Nicole initiated the relationship by reaching out to Ed and letting him know that his music helped her get over losing Lewis Hamilton for a fourth time earlier this year. Ed and Nicole have hung out together quite a bit and have even dedicated songs to one other, but, according to E! News, the singers are simply good pals.
Nicole Scherzinger and Lewis Hamilton called things off in February after seven years of dating, breaking up, and getting back together. According to Hello! Magazine, Nicole is having a tough time readjusting to single life after getting out of such a lengthy relationship. Earlier this month, she told talk show host Wendy Williams that she’s “rubbish at dating.”
Nicole was spotted spending her birthday with footballer Pajtim Kasami back in June, but her comment about her dating difficulties is probably a hint that things didn’t work out. Lewis Hamilton was last linked to Kendall Jenner, but during a September interview with E! News, the 30-year-old Formula 1 racer said that he and Harry Styles’ 19-year-old ex are just friends.
During her interview with Wendy Williams, Nicole Scherzinger explained why she didn’t see her seven years with Lewis as a waste of time.
“Whatever you experience in life or relationships, you’re obviously meant to grow from it and learn more about yourself,” Scherzinger said. “Sometimes we get into situations, but I think if you really trust, you work on yourself and you have faith, just know that things are working for you, not against you and not at you.”
Who knows? Maybe Nicole Scherzinger and Lewis Hamilton will eventually get tired of being linked to people who are a decade younger than they are and decide to get back together.
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