Matt Cardle dating X Factor stylist

Matt Cardle is reportedly dating 'X Factor' stylist Grace Woodward, and is said to be ''smitten'' with the brunette fashionista

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Matt Cardle

Matt Cardle

Matt Cardle is reportedly dating 'X Factor' stylist Grace Woodward.

The 27-year-old singer - who is one of the favourites to win the ITV1 competition - is said to be "smitten" with the brunette fashionista.

However, this is likely to put the aspiring star in Simon Cowell's bad books, after the music mogul banned contestants from having relationships with other people involved with the show.

An insider revealed: "Matt is smitten. He tried to hide his feelings for a long time but he just feels so strongly about Grace. Anyone who met her would see why. She is stunning, not only on the outside but inside too.

"Simon warned the contestants about striking up relationships with fellow singers, he kind of figured it meant his staff too. He wants the best for all the contestants and for there to be no distractions."

The loved-up pair - who are both single - have already been caught kissing and cuddling by other 'X Factor' hopefuls, but don't see anything wrong with their fledging romance.

The source added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "They have become very close and he finds it easy to relax around her. They constantly have their arms around each other. It's not like they can go out on dates but they have been caught cuddling and have shared a kiss or three.

"They are both single so they don't see any harm in this."

However, Matt's ex-girlfriend Lauren Cutmore is unlikely to agree, and is said to be "hurt" her former flame has moved on so quickly.

A friend said: "She feels hurt and is gutted that their chances of getting back together seem over."

Matt Cardle

The 2010 X-Factor winner plays pop rock sounds.

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