Leona Lewis opens up about "fun" Liam Payne romance
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Singer Leona, who got together with Liam after his split from long-term girlfriend Danielle Peazer, seems pretty smitten with the 19-year-old.
She told LOOK magazine: "You’d be surprised how much we have in common. He’s great. We see each other when we can."
Leona, 27, has also insisted that she isn't bothered by their eight-year age difference.
She continued: "If you have a bond with someone age doesn’t come into it. I’d date someone younger or older - it doesn’t matter to me. Or looks, really - it’s all about maturity.”
The pair have never dated another pop star before, but Leona is optimistic they can make it work despite their hectic schedules.
She continued: “It can make it harder because they’re as busy as you are. I like relationships to start with friendship. I’ve had times where I’ve just been instantly attracted and gone straight into a relationship and it’s never worked.”
Leona won X Factor in 2006 and Liam came third with his band on the 2010 series, so the pair have bonded over shared experiences since finding fame.
Liam has always confessed that Leona is his ultimate celebrity crush - his ex Danielle even looks strikingly similar to the pop star.
Leona - who recently split with her German dancer boyfriend Dennis Jauch - admits she enjoyed being paid such compliments.
She added: "It’s very flattering to get things like that. It’s cute. I’m having fun and enjoying myself."
In an interview last September, Liam said: "(Leona) is beautiful. I have liked her ever since she did the X Factor all of those years ago.”
Rumours the pair were more than just friends came in September, after the pair were said to have enjoyed two nights out together.
A source close to Liam said: “He is really excited about how things are going with Leona.
“As soon as the chance came to ask her out he grabbed it - and they really enjoyed their dates together.
“Although they were in London they managed to stay out of the limelight and are really into each other.”