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X Factor 2012: Ella Henderson and Union J's George go public with romance

Alison Potter Published by Alison Potter
Published on 31 October 2012

X Factor 2012: Ella Henderson and Union J's George go public with romance

It was clear that current X Factor stars Ella Henderson and Union J band member George Shelley had developed a close friendship behind the scenes of the show.

But it would appear that the pair are quickly becoming more than friends as the singers were spotted at the star-studded Pride Of Britain Awards looking very much like a pair of teens in love.

The Mirror have published photos showing the X Factor contestants sitting together and holding hands during the bash.

Other pictures show the 19-year-old Harry Styles lookalike gently stroking the 16-year-old singer’s back and whispering to her during the ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House hotel on Monday evening.

 
 
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The sweet images appear to confirm that the pair are dating, even though they'd previously denied reports they are an item.

An X Factor insider told The Mirror: “George and Ella have been trying to take things slowly because they don’t want to be seen as a typical X Factor romance.

"They really connected when they first met but they wanted to get to know each other before taking the relationship up a notch.

“Now, after spending such an emotional evening together, they are taking things more seriously.”

During the bash, Ella and George sought some alone time when they moved their chairs to a separate section away from fellow hopefuls Jahmene Douglas, Kye Sones and James Arthur.

Ella has previously stressed they're nothing more than very good mates, explaining: “Me and George are close.

“Best friends. We just act like 12-year-olds around each other.”

It certainly looked like the pair were more than just friends at the Pride Of Britain Awards!

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