One Direction’s Harry Styles and singer Rita Ora have been seen partying together again, but the two stars are not definitely interested in dating each other, sources tell me. The Daily Mirror has published photos of Styles and Ora leaving the London nightclub Mahiki in the early-morning hours of August 31, 2012.
Inside the club, Styles and Ora were said to be spending time talking and having a good time, but it was strictly platonic. Ora was having a party at the nightclub to celebrate the release of her first album, “Ora.” Conor Maynard and model Cara Delevigne (one of Styles’ rumored love interests) was also at the club that night.
Styles and Ora also partied together on August 25, 2012, at the London nightclub G.A.Y., where she performed that night and Styles reportedly instigated a food fight.
Styles, 18, is a member of “The X Factor” U.K. boy band One Direction. Sources close to the group say that although Styles thinks Ora is attractive, he is not romantically interested in her. It’s nothing personal, sources say, because he’s just not interested in dating entertainers who have to travel as much as he does.
Ora, 21, has become an instant smash in the U.K., where her first two singles (“How We Do” and “RIP”) have become No. 1 hits in 2012. She was also a guest judge on “The X Factor” U.K. this year.
Sources tell me that Ora isn’t interested in dating Styles either because he’s “not her type.” Ora was said to be dating Rob Kardashian, but the relationship seems to have cooled, since he has been seen partying recently with other women, including Ora’s friend Rihanna. Ora has also described herself as “single” in recent interviews.
If Ora were interested in dating Styles, then she would have to compete for his attention with Nick Grimshaw, the BBC Radio 1 DJ who has become inseparable from Styles. Grimshaw, 28, introduced Ora to Styles, and he has been at the same places where Styles and Ora have been seen talking and partying.
Grimshaw and Styles have been close friends for quite some time, but they became even closer in July 2012, after One Direction went on a break from touring. Styles is spending his free time with Grimshaw more than any other person. The intense bromance between Styles and Grimshaw involves them spending many hours together, day and night, several times a week. They party at nightclubs together, visit each other at their homes, go to restaurants together and even drive each other’s cars. Grimshaw is openly gay, while Styles has never publicly confirmed or denied rumors about his own sexuality.
Styles has been romantically linked to several women since One Direction became famous. His most high-profile (and most controversial) relationship was 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 they broke up by “mutual decision.”