Liam Payne has allegedly started dating Leona Lewis just days after splitting from Danielle Peazer, a dancer who he met on The X Factor. So is Liam’s new ladylove evidence that Uncle Simon is trying to keep things in the family by playing matchmaker with his employees?
Probably not, but it is interesting that so many members of One Direction have been linked to other X Factor stars. Liam Payne and Leona Lewis would be the biggest X couple so far if the dating rumors are true, but Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards are a close second – just like Zayn, Perrie is a member of a group created on The X Factor.
There have been recent rumors that Zayn Malik is cheating on Perrie Edwards, and there even seems to be video and audio evidence of his infidelity – apparently Zayn’s favorite pastime is trying to sneak girls into his hotel room. Since Perrie hasn’t dumped Zayn after seeing and hearing this “evidence,” it’s surprising that Directioners aren’t coming up with conspiracy theories that Zayn and Perrie have a “showmance” orchestrated by Simon Cowell for the purpose of promoting The X Factor – after all, showmance rumors spread like wildfire when Kristen Stewart was caught cheating on Robert Pattinson.
Before hooking up with Perrie Edwards, Zayn Malik dated another X Factor star. Here’s what Rebecca Ferguson recently said about her much-younger ex:
“I don’t ever, ever speak to him. I have maintained friends with some exes, it just depends on the person. I never felt the need to continue with his friendship.”
Sounds like Zayn did something that she really didn’t like – maybe he was unfaithful?
Then there’s Harry Styles, who caused a major controversy by dating 32-year-old Caroline Flack when he was just 17. Caroline hosted The Xtra Factor, a show that featured behind-the-scenes footage from The X Factor and interviews with contestants. A majority of the members of One Direction have been linked to older ladies – Leona Lewis is eight years older than Liam Payne, and Rebecca Ferguson is seven years older than Zayn Malik.
Niall Horan sparked rumors of a romance with a girl his own age when he couldn’t stop gushing about The X Factor judge Demi Lovato, and the singers even went on a date to Pink Taco while One Direction was in L.A. for the VMAs. However, their flirtations haven’t turned into anything serious — perhaps they were just a publicity ploy aimed at getting Directioners to tune in to see Demi on the American version of The X Factor. Niall has also gone out partying with judge Tulisa, and former contestant Amelia Lily felt the need to deny that she dated him last year.
So what do you think – did Liam Payne feel forced to dump Danielle Peazer to date another big X Factor star? Will Simon Cowell try to get Louis Tomlinson to leave Eleanor Calder for Britney Spears next? Or is this dating conspiracy theory just crazy?