After much speculation of are they or aren’t they, Caroline Flack has finally broken her silence on toyboy Harry Styles, 17.
The 32-year-old presenter received death threats on Twitter from diehard One Direction fans, warning her to steer clear of their idol.
But the Xtra Factor host maintains she has done nothing wrong and that people simply ‘aren’t accepting of big age gaps’.
Caroline said: ‘I feel like I shouldn’t have to worry about what I do. But it’s a social thing that people aren’t accepting of big age gaps.’
Defending the 15 years between them, she told Now magazine: ‘I keep thinking, “What have I done wrong?” But I haven’t done anything wrong.
‘What’s hard for me to get my head around is people saying it’s disgusting. I don’t think it is.’
The pair first sparked speculation of a romance back in October, when they shared a kiss and were caught on camera flirting during the reality series spin-off show broadcast on ITV2.
Floppy-haired Harry was later quizzed about the tender moment, which can be seen in the video below, squirming awkwardly in his seat and failing to deny the accusation while quipping that Caroline is ‘hot’.
Caroline added: ‘Some people tend to see the negative immediately and that’s what I find strange.
‘If two people like each other and get on, why does anyone else find a negative in it?
‘I know it’s human nature for everyone to gossip. But why say it’s bad? No one’s being hurt.’
Regarding the death threats, she said: ‘It’s a form of bullying from people who are hiding behind a computer. I knew they were just a minority of One Direction fans and all very young – it’s a kind of fanatical obsession.
‘I can’t take it seriously or I’d never come out of my house.’
‘He (Harry) told me, “Don’t listen to Twitter”. So he became the mature one at that point.’
At the time, Caroline took to the social networking site and wrote: ‘Hi One Direction fans! To clarify. I’m close friends with harry.. He’s one of the nicest people I know…I don’t deserve death threats. 🙂 x.’
Full interview in Now Magazine