X Factor's Rebecca Ferguson and One Direction singer Zayn Malik call time on their relationship

Posted by Dean Piper On July 24th, 2011

X Factor stars Rebecca Ferguson and teen lover Zayn Malik of boy band One Direction are “heartbroken” after ending their relationship for the sake of their careers.
Last year’s runner-up, Rebecca took to her twitter to announce the split before mysteriously taking her post down after telling friends she was “completely gutted” the union had ended.
Rebecca said: “I’m happy I’ve decided to be single my children my family and my career are now my world.”
A spokesman for Rebecca added: “It’s very sad. But it just wasn’t working.”
But sources close to mum-of-two Bex, 24, and Zayn, 18, say the pair are far from happy about the end of their unlikely relationship. Fans have given Rebecca a truckload of abuse for dating the 1D hunk and the main reason for the split was mounting pressure to be single for the start of their pop careers when they will hardly have a moment spare to see each other. My source reveals: “Rebecca’s absolutely gutted. Putting a message up on twitter saying she was fine was a complete bluff for the fact she’s heartbroken. Zayn’s upset too – and was getting a lot of pressure to be single for when the band start to release music.
“In the end they just realised they would be better single as they prepare for their solo careers. They will be friends eventually but they need to mend their broken hearts first.”
Rather embarrassingly in May the Liverpudlian singer couldn’t help but gush about her man Zayn and how happy they were. She also hit back at fans saying she was a ‘cougar’ dating such a young guy. She said: “We’re really in love…I want people to know that I’m happy, he’s happy and we’re in a loving, caring relationship.
“There’s only six years difference. I mean, Madonna does it and she gets a round of applause. It’s like “Go on Madge!” I’m going to be really honest… he was after me for months.
“I was like “No, you’re too young.” But he really wooed me and it was a long, long struggle before anything happened.”
But I have to say this split is probably for the best with their careers just about to kick off.
The buzz in the industry is that Rebecca’s solo material is going to give Adele a run for her money in the charts when it’s released through Sony later this year. And there’s no doubting One Direction are going to be huge in the pop world.
Give it a few years guys, let the dust settle and reunite. Ah, a pop love story…..

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