Harry Styles has confirmed that he and girlfriend, television host Caroline Flack, have split after three months together.
The 17-year-old addressed rumours that he had dumped his 32-year-old other half, posting on his Twitter account:
“Please know I didn’t ‘dump’ Caroline. This was a mutual decision. She is one of the kindest, sweetest people I know. Please respect that.”
According to reports, the couple, who caused controversy because of their 15-year age difference, decided to end things so Styles could concentrate on launching his career in the US with band One Direction.
A source told The Mirror:
“He’s going off to America in a couple of days and he wants to be able to commit fully to making the band a success in the States.
“They’ll be back for the BRITs, but all in all they’ll be away for two months. It’s a long time to be apart especially with so much going on.”
Harry found fame on 2010′s series of the X Factor, with boyband One Direction. He and Caroline – who presented spin-off show the Xtra Factor – are said to have met when he performed on the reality show last year.