London: TV presenter Caroline Flack says she was called a "paedophile" in the street when she was dating singer Harry Styles.
Harry Styles. Pic/Santa Banta
Flack, 35, and the One Direction star got together after they both appeared on "The X Factor" and she has revealed the extent of the abuse she received when, aged 31, she started dating the 17-year-old singer, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
In her new autobiography, "Storm in a C Cup", Flack said: "I already knew he had a crush on me, he'd made it pretty obvious. He'd said it in magazines and he'd said it to friends.
"It was flattering and I found it amusing. He was a kind of cheeky man/boy with a captivating smile who got what he wanted," she added.
Initially, Flack didn't think anything of the age gap, saying that in the entertainment industry "nobody asks what age you are".
"I've never felt that I was much older than Harry anyway. I still feel 18 and probably act that way half the time - all those years in kids' telly probably didn't help," she said.
"Although it was just a bit of fun we decided it was best to keep it to ourselves, as we were both working for Simon (Cowell).
"We were both single, we got on well and we had a laugh."