'Harry is a rat who does whatever he wants': Married DJ Lucy Horobin's husband speaks out to slate Styles following fling
08:31 GMT, 1 July 2012
Their affair hit headlines last week when it was revealed Harry Styles had enjoyed a fling with married radio DJ Lucy Horobin.
And now the presenter's husband has spoken out to slam the One Direction star over the alleged tryst.
Oliver Pope has put the scandal behind him and was pictured with 32-year-old Lucy taking a romantic stroll in a park yesterday hand-in-hand.
Secret: One Direction star Harry Styles had a romance with married radio presenter Lucy Horobin and now her husband Oliver Pope has spoken out to slam the singer for pursuing her
But he has been left reeling over Styles' behaviour, insisting he's not the innocent party in the relationship and actively pursued the affair.
The Sunday Mirror claims Oliver reportedly told a pal: 'Harry is a rat. Since his fling with Lucy has been revealed, he's been hailed a hero – and innocent lad who just happens to like older women.'
A pal added that Oliver saw the X Factor star as a 'spoilt little rich kid who does whatever he wants' and responded when Lucy first told him of the fling: 'The little scumbag with Caroline Flack'
He also claims that Harry was the one to pursue Horobin, and not the other way around, causing them to enjoy a fling for several weeks before he started dating Caroline Flack.
Popular: Miss Horobin interviewed One Direction for Manchester-based radio station Key 103
But Oliver and Lucy have now worked through their problems, and even insisted their marriage is now 'stronger' as it was a wake up call for them to resolve their issues.
While the pair are now moving on from the drama, Horobin has temporarily taken herself off Twitter thanks to the abuse she has received from One Direction fans.
Following the news that the curly-haired singer had an affair with Lucy last year, the 32-year-old has received a tirade of abuse from Harry's hardcore fans.
Taking to Twitter, the teenage girls branded Horobin 'sick' and even called her a 'wh**e'
The reaction will come as no surprise
to Styles and the public after his fling with TV presenter Caroline
Flack caused them to do the same.
Glamorous: Miss Horobin's short-lived affair with Styles began when the singer was 17
The tweets have clearly upset Horobin
as she tweeted a sad face, after one fan wrote: 'Haha you
stupid f***ing wh**e. god you must have some issues to f*** a 17 year
old boy hahahahaha.'
Perhaps the radio DJ wasn't expecting
such a backlash and later tweeted: 'To clarify, I haven't said ANYTHING
to any press, nor do I wish to. Thank you to those of you who have said
kind words today. Xxx'
Their short-lived affair began when Styles was 17, and almost wrecked Horobin’s marriage.
He met Horobin, nicknamed Lulu by friends, last August, when she interviewed the band for Manchester-based station Key 103.
Their relationship was common knowledge among staff at the station, who had noticed them flirting on air.
former colleague at Key 103 told the Daily Mail: ‘Apparently Lucy and
Harry hit it off from the moment the boys walked into the studio – it
was electric and they were flirting like crazy.
made it quite clear she fancied him and there was a lot of banter
between them both on and off air. It got a little risqu.
is a really fun girl with loads of personality and she’s not at all shy
about coming forward and making sure she gets what she wants.
knew that Lucy’s marriage was in a strange place at the time and
obviously the attraction between her and Harry was mutual.
‘She looks just like George Clooney’s ex, Lisa Snowdon, and that sophisticated “older woman” look obviously appeals to Harry.’
had been married to husband Oliver Pope for only a year when she met
Styles. The couple lived in a rented terraced house in Chorlton,
Manchester, where neighbours described them as ‘nice and friendly’.
But they are said to have encountered difficulties and were leading separate lives at the time of the affair.
flirtation with Styles began on air when she interviewed him alongside
his bandmates Liam Payne, 18, Zayn Malik, 19, Louis Tomlinson, 20, and
Niall Horan, 18.
Introducing the show, she said: ‘I’m joined by five very handsome and lovely boys, and I’ve got you all to myself tonight.’
Styles was quick to compliment her, saying: ‘You look lovely today.’ She replied: ‘Thanks Harry, so do you.’
The pair later exchanged flirtatious messages on Twitter and Facebook.
and Styles then met secretly at a hotel in Manchester, where they
reportedly spent a night together. It is understood they met again in
December – after Styles had started dating Miss Flack – when One
Direction returned to the city for another concert.
A source said: ‘I think that was the end of it. /06/25/article-2164210-13C1F4B5000005DC-763_306x423.jpg” width=”306″ height=”423″ alt=”The relationship was common knowledge among staff at the radio station” class=”blkBorder” />
Affair: The pair's relationship was common knowledge among staff at the radio station, where staff noticed them flirting on air, and now Oliver has branded him 'a rat'
What will Caroline think Styles dated Flack following his fling with Horobin who is the same age as the TV presenter
Styles dated Xtra Factor presenter Miss Flack for three months. They split in January.
The singer has previously denied he is attracted to so-called ‘cougars’ – older women who seduce younger men.
But a new video could well disprove his opinion, as the moment that Style and Horobin met has actually been caught on camera.
In the 17 second clip, Styles can be
seen gazing at the radio DJ as she prepares to interview the band and is
then seen clutching at his heart as he mouths the words 'I love you' to
Horobin when she has her back turned.
Older women: At 32, Lucy Horobin (left) is the the same age as Caroline Flack, who had a relationship with Styles (right)
On stage: The revelations emerged as One Direction performed in Dallas, Texas, as part of their US tour