It has been revealed that One Direction star, Harry Styles has been secretly dating country singer, Taylor Swift. Although normally a fan of the older ladies, Styles has apparently had a thing for Swift for quite a while and it appears that the feeling is mutual.

The pair dated secretly before Swift went out with Conor Kennedy after being introduced by Justin Bieber at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards in LA back in March. They started texting and flirting, but it ended after Styles was pictured with another girl in New Zealand. Luckily for him, Swift has now decided to give him another chance.

X Factor US presenter, Mario Lopez was the one who broke the news to the press after meeting Harry during rehearsals for Swift’s performance on the show. He told reporters “Taylor Swift was the guest and during rehearsals, Harry from One Direction came and slapped me on the back and said, ‘Hey, Mario, how ya doing?’ And I said, ‘What are you doing here?’ And he sort of pointed toward Taylor. They walked away hand in hand.” Lopez has also said that they make a “cute couple”.

Swift has a little bit of a track record of falling hard and fast for guys (you only need to listen to a handful of her songs to figure that one out!) which the British boy band star is well aware of and is apparently really keen not to let her get hurt. She has been spotted introducing him to her mother, a sign that things are going extremely well. An insider said “It was a big deal her inviting him to the show with her mum on Thursday. It was her way of showing she is ready to trust him.”

Styles has also bought Swift a necklace matching his which she has been wearing. He’s known both sides of the pond as a bit of a player, although he did exclusively date television presenter Caroline Flack for quite a while and has dropped hints that he is ready to settle down. Problem is, if their relationship lasts, what on Earth is Taylor Swift going to write songs about?!