One Direction’s Harry Styles, 18, is a sexual predator and homewrecker who ruined the marriage of 33-year-old Lucy Horobin, says her soon-to-be ex-husband Oliver Pope, 31. Pope claims, among other things, that Styles deliberately seduced Horobin, and she was planning to leave her husband for teenage Styles before Styles abruptly ended the fling and “just brushed her off.”
As previously reported, the Sunday Mirror exposed the affair in June 2012, in an explosive article that detailed how Styles and Horbin’s flirtation immediately began when they met during Horobin’s first interview with “X Factor” U.K. boy band One Direction in June 2011, when she was working for Key 103, a radio station in Manchester, England. The flirtation quickly escalated into a sexual affair that included multiple secretive trysts at hotels. The fling reportedly lasted a few weeks.
Styles was 17 at the time of the affair. In the United Kingdom, the minimum legal age of consent to have sex is 16 years old.
Not long after the affair ended, Styles began a very public and controversial relationship with “The Xtra Factor” co-host Caroline Flack, who is 15 years older than Styles. Flack and Styles dated from October 2011 to January 2012. Styles said on Twitter that he and Flack broke up by a “mutual decision.”
According to the unnamed sources who spoke to the tabloids, Styles initiated the flirtation with Horobin, but Horobin lied to Styles about her marital status. She allegedly told Styles that she and her husband were separated when she was really still living with her husband.
The Sun and other tabloids reported that Pope told “friends” that he thinks Styles is a “predator” and a “scumbag.” The “friends” also told tabloids that Horobin had confessed to her husband about the affair, months before it was made public, and she begged for his forgiveness.
The day after the affair was exposed by the Sunday Mirror, Horobin did not show up for work at Heart South Coast FM in Hampshire, England, where she has been working since late 2011. She also deleted her Twitter account not long after the scandal hit the news.
Just a few weeks after the news broke about the affair, Horobin and Pope were photographed by paparazzi looking affectionate and happy together as they strolled through a park in Brighton, England.
Despite the couple’s reconciliation, the embarrassment of the alleged fling being revealed to the public caused too much of a strain on the marriage as it becomes another divorce statistic. The news of Pope and Horobin’s marital split was made public in August 2012.
At the time that the affair was exposed in the media, none of the parties involved made any public comment about it.
But now, Pope has come forward to the Sunday Mirror to confirm that the tabloid’s story about the affair was true and confirm that he’s getting divorced from his unfaithful wife.
Pope also said that although and he and Horobin had a break-up argument at the time she first slept with Styles, the husband and wife were still living together at the time that she had the affair with Styles. Pope says he puts all the blame for the affair on Styles, whom he says seduced his wife with flirtatious text messages.
Pope told the Sunday Mirror: “I know how stupid it sounds, but I blame Harry 100 percent for this. Okay, so Lucy may have technically split from me days before he first slept with her but that came after weeks of flirtatious text messages. We were still living together in the same house. At that point, in the same bed. She was wearing a wedding ring the first time they met. I don’t think it matters to him whether the woman he wants is married or not.”
Pope’s bombshell interview in the Sunday Mirror reveals scandalous details such as:
- Horobin spent the night with Styles on her birthday in 2011.
- Horobin made love to Pope just hours after she had a sexual tryst with Styles at a hotel, where Styles visited her at about 2 o’clock in the morning.
- Horobin had a T-shirt given to her by a friend that said, “I Love Harry Styles.”
- Horobin was so infatuated with Styles that she told Pope (before he knew about the affair) that she liked Pope’s hair to be longer because the curls reminded her of Styles’ curly hair.
- Horobin was ready to leave Pope for Styles just days after she began her affair with Styles. She allegedly broke up with Pope and told him that she no longer loved him. After Styles dumped Horobin, she told her husband about the affair and begged her husband for forgiveness.
- Horobin also had an affair in November 2011 with Harley “Sylvester” Alexander-Sule of the hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks. Alexander-Sule is currently 20 years old.
Pope told the Sunday Mirror: “A couple of weeks before she finished with me she said she liked my hair long because it went curly like Harry Styles.’ Now that is such a horrible thought. Lucy said she didn’t leave me for Harry, but she did. When the story first broke Lucy got a lot of flack. I felt sorry for her. He seemed to get no criticism and I think that’s unfair …
“As far as I know they were only together a couple of times. I think he probably just brushed her off. It’s not likely she was the only woman he was with at the time. That’s what makes it worse. He wasn’t that into her but what happened between them ended our marriage. My family have said that she’s an idiot to have done it. I’d have done anything for her but it came to nothing.”
Styles and Horobin have not publicly commented on Pope’s interview. Don’t expect Styles to publicly comment as long as One Direction has a “teen idol” image to protect.
One Direction has said in many interviews that Styles is the biggest flirt/ladies’ man in the group. Styles has downplayed this reputation by denying that he’s a womanizer, but he has admitted that he’s “flirty.”
He has said in interviews, “I love cougars” (women who date much younger men), and that he is open to dating older women who are up to his mother’s age.
Since the spring of 2012, Styles (who is unattached) has been tight-lipped in interviews about whom he is dating. Styles and Flack have told the media that they are still friends, and the two have been seen at the same social gatherings. He told the Daily Star Sunday in an October 2012 interview: “Caroline and I are good friends and we are still in touch. Every time we are in the same place we seem to argue, but we get along fine.”
Since his breakup from Flack, he has been romantically linked to several women in 2012, including model Cara Delevingne, singer Natalie Imbruglia, former “Made in Chelsea” star Caggie Dunlop, model Emma Ostilly, singer Taylor Swift, model/actress Emily Atack, photographer Sarah-Louise Colivet and singer Lily Halpern. When Styles is asked in interviews whom he is dating, he either tries to change the subject or is deliberately vague.
Although Styles has declined to publicly name anyone he’s been dating, he did tell the Daily Star Sunday: “I’m 18, I don’t love older women, I just love women. Sometimes I flirt without meaning to. Perhaps it’s just how I was meant to be. I’ve got a good seduction routine which I execute very well.”