Although the romance between former X Factor finalists Rebecca Ferguson and One Direction singer Zayn Malik was a short one, much was made of it primarily because of the age gap…
When they were an item in 2011, Rebecca was 24 while Zayn was just 18, and while neither has ever revealed the reason behind their breakup, it was mooted that it wasn’t without animosity.
So it’s little wonder then that Rebecca recently said that she hadn’t been in touch with Zayn to congratulate him on his engagement to Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards, though – she says – that’s only because any contact between the two inevitably starts up media speculation about their relationship.
However, while speaking to BANG Showbiz this weekend, gorgeous Rebecca has revealed that her young daughter is a fan of One Direction, and of Zayn’s band mate Harry Styles in particular.
She said, “She [Lilly May] is a little bit of a fan, she loves Harry Styles.
“They used to play backstage in the corridors and him and her they just got on – but she’s not a diehard fan.”
And in what might have been just a little big of a dig, she added, “My kids are getting into quite cool music, like they’re into Jake Bugg and Kanye West…
“Although I can’t let them listen to too many of his records.”
And regarding the aforementioned Zayn and Perrie engagement hoohar, Rebecca said, “I don’t really speak to him, so no not really [I haven’t given him congratulations].
“I would if I had seen him, but I haven’t spoken to him in years it has been a long time.
“It’s been two years.”
In those two years, both One Direction and Rebecca have enjoyed hugely successful careers, of which she remarked, “I think it’s brilliant, it’s actually madness!
“It’s like mania, it’s amazing and I’m proud of them. We went through a lot together…
“We went through all that and we all pulled through it.”
Here’s a reminder of Rebecca’s latest single…