One Direction"s Harry Styles insists "I"m single" in radio interview about Caroline Flack

So just friends with benefits then Harry Styles insists “I”m single” during radio interview about Caroline Flack

Their romance seems to have been hotting up ever since rumours started circulating about their relationship several weeks ago.

And 32-year-old Caroline Flack seems to be smitten with teenage One Direction singer Harry Styles.

So it may come as a blow to her that he”s now declared himself as single.

“I”m single”: The teenage singer insisted he is single on a radio interview despite fans believing he is dating 32-year-old TV presenter Caroline Flack

Which begs the question – are Caroline and the 17-year-old just friends with benefits then

The Xtra Factor presenter was left in tears when she dropped Harry off at the Watford Colosseum in Herts earlier this week for the first date of the group”s UK tour.

They”ve also been pictured cosying up to each other at a party, while Harry has been photographed leaving Caroline”s home in the morning after staying the night together.

Keeping it casual: The band are currently touring the UK and Caroline was left in tears as she waved Harry goodbye on the first date of the trek

Keeping it casual: The band are currently touring the UK and Caroline was left in tears as she waved Harry goodbye on the first date of the trek

Fans were led to believe the pair had struck up a relationship, but now the singer has revealed that is not the case.

On Thursday night the band performed at the O2 Apollo in Manchester.

And they took time out of their heavy schedule to talk to local radio station Real Radio.

The boys were grilled by presenter David Heane, who asked the five-piece: “Well, I obviously have to ask about love lives and things that are going on so can we go around the group”

Does Caroline realise All five of the boys were grilled over their relationship statuses when Harry revealed he

Does Caroline realise All five of the boys were grilled over their relationship statuses when Harry revealed he”s still on the market

Each singer then said their name and declared their relationship statuses.

Niall said: “I”m single, I”m Niall,” as did Zayn Malik, while Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne both revealed they are off the market.

Harry was left until last, who then nervously revealed to the listeners: “I’m Harry, hello…… Hi……. Hi…,” followed by a coy: “I’m single.”

The declaration reveals Caroline isn”t his girlfriend.

Rumours: Caroline has defended their age gap, insisting she Rumours: Caroline has defended their age gap, insisting she

Rumours: Caroline has defended their age gap, insisting she”s done “nothing wrong”

But as the pair still seem to be close and spending a lot of time with one another it appears they are involved in a more casual relationship.

The pair”s closeness has caused a debate around age differences in relationships ever since they shared a kiss at a London party.

Earlier this week Kerry Katona had her say on the pairing, commenting: “If it”s a Demi and Ashton situation, that”s different because they”re older.

“But Harry is just a 17-year-old boy, so in my eyesit”s just wrong. He”s not long left school. He”s not even allowed to drink yet.”

But Flack has defended the age gap, saying: “I feel like I shouldn’t have to worry about what I do. But it’s a social thing that people aren’t accepting of big age gaps.

“Some people tend to see the negative immediately and that”s what I find really strange.

“If two people like each other and get on, why does anyone else find a negative in it I know it”s human nature for everyone to gossip. But why say it”s bad No one”s being hurtat all in anyway.”